I knew getting Micah on an American-time sleep schedule would be difficult, but we had a few good nights last week and it gave me hope we’d get him sleeping through the night quickly. The last two nights have been more difficult though, and today he’s been crying a lot. Although he’s 13 months old, his cries are very much like a baby’s and I can’t tell if he’s tired, hungry, uncomfortable….. His cries all sounds the same. And then there’s his mad cry. Most cries work up into his mad cry.
Last night he went down smoothly at about 8:30 pm, but then woke up much sooner than we expected at 9:45. I gave him another bottle, thinking he’d dose back off, but at the end of his bottle, he was wide awake. And of course he wouldn’t be quiet. We brought him downstairs and kept the room dark, but let him play a bit. But he wasn’t happy – he was grumpy and acting tired. We gave him a bit more from a bottle and still it didn’t do the trick of putting him to sleep. At 11 ish we took him to bed with us, but he was definitely in that overtired psycho-baby mode. He wouldn’t hold still, he wouldn’t be quiet, he wouldn’t suck on an empty bottle like sometimes soothes him…. After about 20 minutes of fussing and rolling around, my patience was waning (now I’m feeling super tired and ready for sleep), so I attempted to put him down in the pack-n-play at the foot of our bed, knowing at least he’d be safe in there (won’t fall off the bed). He was fine for about 5 minutes, but then worked himself gradually up into his mad cry. I laid at the end of the bed and touched him so he knew I was there. That didn’t help for long….
So then it was time to try the spinning technique a friend had told me about. We’ve done it several times and it has helped. I held Micah upright against my chest, his face away from me, and spun him 7 times one direction, then went 7 times the other direction. Then I laid him in my arms and did the same, then I switched his head to the other side and did the same. He stopped crying right away, but when I laid him back in the bed with us, he started to cry again. The rest of the night is a blur, but he didn’t fall asleep until close to 1am. I woke him up at 9:45 this morning, and he was hard to wake up. He’s been off and on frumpy and just went down for his morning nap at 12:30pm.
Oh, when will we figure out this schedule?!
I know what you really want is pictures. Here they are.
He’s officially a crawler (switched from army crawl to a normal crawl last week).
He fits in a pot.
Koen and Li Li are still doing well with him. We went back to our normal home school schedule on Wednesday, and it is proving to be more difficult with a third child around, as expected. Hopefully once Micah’s on a more predictable schedule, schooling can be too.