Bo asleep in his car seat after going shopping with Mommy, Daddy, Grandma and Grandpa We.itl when we were visiting two weeks ago. Notice he has his arm around Tony. So sweet!
Remember how I said that I had a wonderful sleeper?? Well, I did. And really, I still do. I know it could be MUCH worse. But I miss my good sleeper. I miss the little boy that would go down at 8 and wait until at least 5 (and on good days 7!) before waking up for a feeding! For the last week or two we’ve been up one or two times a night — but last night – with 4 wakings, Bo set a new record.
I’ve used Babywise from the beginning and it has provided the basis for Bo’s routine which overall has worked extremely well. But even the Babywise book mentions the 4 month sleep regression and the 45-minute intruder during naps. We’ve got both going on at our house currently.
Bo hit the 4 month mark yesterday and was awake more last night than he has ever been. (It doesn’t help that I jinxed myself by commenting on another blogger’s site, right before bed no less, that our sleep issues haven’t been horrible.) He was up at 11, 12, 2, and 4:30 last night. Each time he was in a different position in the crib, always on his side, trying to roll from his back to his belly. He really is becoming quite the squirm-bug! I only fed him at 4:30 — for the other wake-ups I just repositioned him and gave him his paci and he went back to sleep.
I thought it could be a growth spurt but honestly, I don’t know how the boy could eat more. He breastfeeds every 3 hours and is having rice cereal after the 5 o’clock feeding and then taking 9-10 oz. of breastmilk from a bottle at his bedtime feeding at 8.
So it seems to me that it must be the 4 month sleep regression. Apparently, all of these new milestones that he is hitting such as rolling over from tummy to back, taking all of his naps in the crib, eating his first rice cereal, trying to roll from back to tummy, etc. are being worked through at night. I guess this really shouldn’t surprise me as my brain tends to use sleep to work through various issues as well.
My mantra is “it’s only a phase.” How many times will I say that over the course of his lifetime?
I guess at least Bo is right on target and chose to celebrate his 4 month birthday with a little extra Mommy time in the middle of the night. I love spending time with him, but I’d much rather do it by the light of day…
*** You can read about 4 month sleep regression here. There are a ton of other sites that I have found that discuss it but I’ll let you Google it for yourself.