12/6/08 - Makenna is going to send me to my grave...

So weekends are my time to take care of Makenna. For the most part, I love this. I don't get to spend much time with her during the week, so being the primary care giver, it is pretty much a requirement that I get to spend a lot of time with her. Most weekends are great. She takes a nap in the afternoon, and between then and bedtime, we just play, watch football, play some more, eat, and then play some more. This plan works great until bedtime.

For some reason, my daughter thinks it is the worst thing in the world to fall asleep. I'm pretty sure she gets it from me, because I don't like sleeping very much either. The difference is that when I get tired, I go to sleep. Makenna on the other hand, she would rather stay awake and cry. Let me rephrase that, she would rather stay awake and be held...otherwise she will cry.

Tonight, she was beyond cranky, so I knew that giving her a bath was out of the question. We jumped straight to PJs and then dinner (which has also been a problem recently). Tonight, she polished off 5 ounces, typically her dinner consists of about 3 ounces, so I was really thinking it would be a good night. She feel asleep (or so I thought) in her crib at a little after 8:00. I went out to the living room to wind down, with the plan of getting in bed at 9:00 myself, only to be startled by her screams at 8:30. Typically, a pacifier will take care of these situations, but this time it didn't work.

I tried rocking her, talking to her softly while gently shaking her in her bed, holding her and walking, and several other things that typically work. She kept her eyes peeled open the whole time. Finally, I had to just lay her down and let her cry while I turned off lights and did my nightly routine such as letting Raider out to the bathroom. I figured we would lay in our bed and fall asleep and she could just sleep with me tonight. Don't worry, this is not typical. Only twice since she started sleeping in her crib has this happened. It took her 15 minutes before her eyelids finally got heavy enough to actually fall asleep. She has been asleep now for close to 40 minutes and I'm headed there myself as soon as I finish this post.

I don't know what we are doing wrong, but she just does not sleep well. Last night she woke up 6 times (or something like that). The good thing is that she eats every time she wakes up, but it sure would be nice to get a full nights sleep with no interruptions.


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Hope you both get a good nights sleep :)

By Blogger babibootiful, at December 7, 2008 at 7:08 AM  

wow! That sounds rough (the getting up six times). I wonder if she is having a growth spurt if she is eating when she wakes up? Nash is finally sleeping better and I wonder how I used to do the getting up six times thing. I would ask the doctor at her check up or call them. Ours has been good about answering those questions. Good Luck. Hopefully it is just a phase.

By Blogger sdhorton, at December 7, 2008 at 7:22 AM  

I should not have said anything. Last night Nash woke up every three hours!

By Blogger sdhorton, at December 8, 2008 at 8:49 AM  

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