Hubby and I were just starting to relax. Our little guy’s abilities to put himself to sleep and stay asleep through the night have been a God send. We knew it wouldn’t last forever, but we thought we’d get more than a couple of weeks. It figures – we let ourselves get a little too comfortable for our own good.
Monkey has returned to his pre-bliss habit of wanting to be held when sleeping. The difference now is Hubby and I know Monkey can put himself to sleep in his crib – so we’ve let him cry it out a few times. It hasn’t been too horrible – he’s only cried 15-20 minutes at a time (after being checked that he’s not wet, hungry, cold, etc). But he’s waking more throughout the night too, sometimes to eat, sometimes just to cry. We never know which it is, and I’m having a hard time deciding when to go to him and when to let him work through it on his own.
The worst part is not knowing if something is wrong. I don’t think he’s teething yet, and he doesn’t appear to be sick. This doesn’t feel like a growth spurt; at least he’s not eating more than normal. He could just be developing an attachment to Mommy and Daddy; although he cries just as hard and long when we hold him to put him to sleep…then wakes up and goes through the WHOLE THING AGAIN when we try to put him down in his crib (which is why we’ve justified letting him cry it out on his own). It could be the Arctic front that blew through here earlier this week. Or the fact that we’ve had him home from daycare a couple of days in a row.
With with all the bad naps and night-wakings, though, Monkey’s becoming overtired, which only makes it harder for him to go to sleep. Which makes me worry about the next time we put him down in the evening. I have no idea how long this phase will last, so I’m mentally preparing myself for a less-than-optimal sleep pattern. I did it before, I can manage it again. And it’ll get better again, right? RIGHT???