It seems that the worst is over. After about two weeks of unexplained fussiness/crying and what I thought was for sure a three month sentence of colic the skies parted, the sun shone, and it all vanished back into the blackness from whence it came.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Ok well it wasn't quite as dramatic as that. I finished reading Healthy Sleep Habits Happy Child by Dr. Weissbluth and I put into practice what he said and Oh. My. God. It works. We stick to no more then 1-2 hours of wakefulness and start to sooth Isabella to sleep when she shows signs of drowsiness trying our damnedest not to let her get into an overtired state in which she promptly turns into a wailing demon. And we swaddle. Why oh why did I ever stop swaddling when I brought her home from the hospital? I think it's because she tricked me into thinking she was a good little sleeper when in fact she wasn't. This combined with the baby crack machine and we're golden. Now she'll take several 45-2 hour naps in the day time and she'll sleep for 6 or 7 hours at night. Straight. And when she's awake she's sweet as sugar. She's alert and happy and ready to play. She still has a fussy time in the evenings but it's much shorter and much more manageable then it ever was.
If I ever run into Dr. Weissbluth I'm gonna have to let him have his way with me because he just saved my sanity. And the funny thing is, I don't think Andy would mind one bit.
My angel in her big girl crib. No more basinet for us.
Posted by Melissa G. at 7:31 PM