We’re in trouble. Jason and I, I mean. We’re in serious trouble.
This morning Charlotte woke up at 5 and so Jason went to put her passy in so she’d go back to sleep. She doesn’t sleep at night with her passy because she tends to be an un-happy camper when she spits it out in the middle of the night, but in order to get her back to sleep until a decent hour he put it in. So then she started crying again around 6:30. Being sick and super exhausted I tried to wait her out since her cries were very small and not frantic at all. But around 6:45 they turned a little more frantic so I got up to go in there. Jason walked in with me and that’s when we knew that we were in trouble. I wish I had had my camera so that you could see the predicament that we’re in but since I didn’t my description will have to suffice.
Charlotte had her passy in! And when we walked in she quit crying and started smiling…all WITH her passy IN! Uh oh! It appears that she has learned that when she cries we come. So she didn’t even sacrifice her comfort of spitting out her passy to call to us. I think it’s not a good thing that she’s learned how to play us in oh…12 weeks!
So now I’m in a predicament. I’ve done a modified Babywise approach for the most part. We used to let her cry herself to sleep until she just started going to sleep no crying. I also used to let her cry herself to sleep for naps only now she just goes to sleep for naps without crying. So there isn’t a whole lot of crying going on in our house most of the time before naps or bedtime. Our biggest problem is about an hour into naptime. At that point Charlotte wakes up and starts crying, hysterically. Babywise tells you to let them cry unless it’s high pitched and frantic and so I let her go for a little while but it usually turns high pitched and frantic. So I go in and she smiles at me. Nothing’s the matter, she’s just awake. So I’ll figure she just sleeps for an hour and I’ll pick her up and try and entertain her only (most times) to have her fall asleep!
I talked to our pediatrician about this schedule because it definitely goes against the Babywise eat, play, sleep schedule and he wasn’t worried. He said her waking up again before eating wasn’t a problem. But since she falls back asleep somewhere other than her crib I’m thinking that I’m just not letting her cry it out long enough to go back to sleep in her crib. But when I go in there she is so wide awake that I hate to leave her in there. Thus, my predicament. She’s obviously learned that when she cries I come, but should I leave her crying in her crib when she’s awake just so that she sleeps the remainder of the feeding cycle? I’m afraid that would have her sleeping too much!
So, I’m curious and going to ask for some feedback from some of you momma’s who have little one’s or remember the sleeping patterns of your children when they were little. How much does a two month (almost three month) old sleep? I know that every child will differ, but if she’s supposed to still be taking two hour naps each feeding cycle I’ll let her cry it out. But if four one hour naps (approximately) are plenty or too much sleep I’ll work harder (next week after the move!) to keep her awake. Any ideas? Suggestions? Advice? Encouragement? I’d appreciate any and all feedback! I don’t want her to get used to us picking her up every time she cries because I know she needs to soothe herself back to sleep but when is it appropriate to pick her up and when should I let her cry it out? Thanks in advance!