Saturday, November 24, 2012

4 months in

Fynn is 4 months old now. I still find that crazy. But 4 months is absolutely the most fun age so far... and the most exhausting.

I'll start with the fun. This baby is a real person now. She "talks", she interacts, she knows what she wants. It has been such a joy watching her explore and learn about the world around her. Whether it's pulling the dogs hair or shoving a plastic spoon halfway down her throat it's hilarious to see her reactions to the new things she tries. She also has a since of humor these days. Things like peek-a-boo or fake coughing make her crack up. Her little bitty giggle and gurggley belly laugh melt my heart each and every time. 

But then there are the pitfalls of four months. Sleep. Or rather, the lack of sleep. She's never been a good napper, actually she rarely sleeps well during the day, but she had gotten so.freaking.good. at sleeping at night. She was going to bed every night at 7:30 and sleeping until 6 am with just one, sometimes 2 wake ups to eat quickly and pass back out. That was manageable  For the first time since she was born I actually felt human. 

And then it happened. Now I don't know if it was Daylight Savings, the 4 month sleep regression, the 4 month growth spurt, or a combination of the three, but the last 2 weeks have been miserable. She's up half the night, starving. Then she doesn't want to go back to sleep. She lies in bed with me fussing and pulling at my face. Or yelling at me. Girls got some lungs. 

It's exhausting, and I don't know how to fix it. I don't want to let her fuss or cry it out for two reasons. 1) I don't believe in letting a baby cry herself to sleep (I could write a whole post on this one) and 2) She's legit hungry, so I'm not going to deprive her of food just because it's tiring to me.

I just don't know how to help her. I want her to get a good night's sleep and I feel like know that's not happening. I don't even have the comfort of knowing she's napping well to make up for crappy nights of sleep. I'm hoping that this is just a phase, and that we'll get back on a good routine soon (like really soon before I lose my mind). 

While I'm loving 4 months during the day when she's exploring, learning, and having fun... I'm in desperate need of a good night sleep. 

1 comment:

  1. I went through this with my oldest daughter at the same age. Honestly, I didn't want to, but I gave in when my husband suggested we try a little bit of rice cereal before bed. That did the trick!

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