I'm not going to lie, its been rough around here lately. Brian started a new semester at school just recently and that leaves me home by myself Monday nights, Tues/Thurs 7a-7p, and part of the day on Fridays. That basically means that I have to do wake up to bedtime by myself. It probably wouldn't be as challenging if I were getting a good night's sleep. We've had some sleep regression in the past few weeks (and even worse the last few nights) which is leaving me completely exhausted and drained.
Two nights ago, Oliver was up 5 times between 7pm and 6 am when he got up for the day. Elliott also got up at 6am! The night before that, Evy was up at 1am (Oliver was also up a few times that night.) I feel like we have gone back to the newborn days. When the boys were newborns, it was predictable. I KNEW they would be awake and had mentally prepared myself to get up a bunch of times. Now I expect them to sleep. I do a few things before bed and go to sleep a little later.
Oliver's behavior was not normal for him, so I called the Pedi and talked to a nurse. After chatting for a few minutes, she thought he should come in and get his belly checked out. I couldn't get in with our regular doc, so I saw the one that was available. She checked him out to make sure he wasn't sick, that the acid reflux wasn't bothering him, and that he didn't have any weird infections. She concluded that he had gotten into the habit of waking and that he needed me to help him get back to sleep and that perhaps I should let him cry it out.
I think we all have our own mommy gut feelings, and my gut feeling is that "something" is going on. Not sure what, but the cry in the middle of the night is not just one of "please give me an ounce so I can sleep." I've tried just giving him a pacifier, so if he just needed to suck, that should do the trick, right? He spits it back out at me, drinks a couple ounces and eventually goes back to sleep. I really think his tummy is hurting, so hopefully the swallow study next week will tell me something. Until then, I'm just going to hope he doesn't wake up so much so that I can get some sleep! We have all come down with colds too, so that isn't helping anything either.