Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Chunky versus Sleep

Chunky is not a fan of sleep. Well, actually he is. He really does like to sleep. He used to get up every hour at night and require a lot of cuddling, rocking and patting to go back to sleep. Within the past couple of weeks he has reduced the number of these night time awakenings to one or two on most nights, and he usually goes right back to sleep after a pat, pacifier replacement or a pouch of Plum organics baby fruit (long story, but he refuses other forms of nourishment so he gets Plum in the middle of the night.) His new, improved night sleep has had a  negative impact on his naps. He used to catch up on sleep by taking 2 naps, each over an hour long. Trey could easily pat him to sleep and leave him in his crib for an hour or two while he napped. Things have chanced. Chunky now refuses all attempts at his afternoon nap. He will sometimes relent for his morning nap, but it takes a lot more patting and rocking than before. The refusal of an afternoon nap has left us in a predicament. We've tried letting him cry in his crib, patting, pacifier, feeding, rocking, etc. They all make him very, very angry - and much more worked up. Within the past week this is what we've been left with...

Chunky passed out on the carpet in the hallway. He just couldn't go anymore...
Chunky passed out in his highchair mid-bite. He still has his food in his hands. He just couldn't take another bite...
Chunky passed out standing up with his lead in his yet-to-be-installed carseat. He just couldn't take another step...

We have got to do something about this naptime sleep thing. We can't have our poor baby looking like this by mid-afternoon...


2 comments:

  1. My daughter was a terrible night time sleeper! It started at nine months old and lasted until a few weeks before her second birthday. Even after we moved her to a big girl bed, I was getting up one to two times a night and I would have to lay in bed with her and pat her to sleep. We quit giving her a bottle in the middle of the night a long time ago, and we recently broke the bottle in January and now she just does a cup. Emma still like her milk warm in the cup, but usually I can just give it to her when she goes to bed or in the middle of the night and she will go right back to sleep. Have you ever tried warm milk in a cup? Just a suggestion, but like you said, he may hate milk.

    I hope you guys get it figured out soon and the best suggestion I can give is just to hang in there. There were nights when I would cry from the exhaustion and wonder if my daughter would EVER sleep through the night! Thinking of you!

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  2. I'm trying not to laugh, but those pictures are just too adorable!! Poor Chunky. I hope you figure out a way to get him to sleep for you!

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