It is just after 9 AM, and I am sorely tempted to put on another pot of coffee. One should not be this tired this early in the day. Colin is already down for his first nap of the day--that should tell you something about
his our night. *Sigh*
Apparently, nothing, because for the past two to three weeks, Colin has decided that he needs to wake up to nurse whenever I come in the room to go to bed and then every three hours after that. *yawn* I thought it might be a growth spurt or teething (at barely three months? again, what do I know?), but I'm starting to feel a little worn down by this fragmented nighttime sleep. Coupled with the incredibly early wake up times that my children enjoy, I am finding myself desperate for some caffeine to make it through dinner.
(Before I go any further, I want to commend my sweet son on his epic napping ability. While I won't say he is on a "schedule" (whatever that is), I can confidently say that I know he will take two to three naps every day, and at least one of those naps will be over two hours long. He sleeps swaddled up in his cradle with some white noise droning on, and this does give me a chance to clean, eat, sew, work out, or whatever else I decide to do. Maybe I should decide to nap...)
I wondered if sleeping in our bedroom was causing these frequent nighttime wakings. I doubt Colin is really hungry, but the boy really likes to nurse and snuggle, and I think he knows that I am easily accessible. If I want to be a little less easily accessible, the logical thing seems to be to move the boy out of our room. We debated moving the cradle to another room, but Colin is getting to be a big, strong, active baby who is probably quickly outgrowing the cradle. So, I decided to brave two babies in one room.
Colin goes down for the night between 6:30 and 7, but Cara's bedtime to closer to 8, so I put Colin down in the cradle first; then, I moved him to his crib after his first wake-up around 10. Everything seemed fine until midnight when Colin decided to wake up again...and then again two hours later...and again two hours later. I don't have very good judgment when I am half asleep, so Colin eventually ended up in the bed with us where he had his own little dance party. Rock on!
I don't really expect Colin to sleep through the night at barely three months, but it would be nice if he was moving in that direction. Instead, he seems to be going backwards. I have read that good daytime sleep equals good nighttime sleep, and I feel like Colin is doing great on the daytime sleep. Ignoring him during the night doesn't feel like an option because A) that seems especially mean if he is in our room and B) if he's in the nursery, he's going to wake up his sister, which is a bad, bad idea. I'm not sure where to go from here. I guess I could stick it out with Colin in the nursery for a few more nights to see if he adjusts and starts sleeping for longer stretches, or maybe there is some other option that I can't come up with because I am so very tired.
I totally just made another pot of coffee.