Monday, May 10, 2010

Day 109: Sleep disaster

And I thought being woken up at 4:40 a.m. was bad enough. Mari was up yesterday at 9:48 p.m., as if the previous sleep interval from 7:16 p.m. had been only a nap. She screamed and screamed and refused to feed, only calming down when we let her get up and play for awhile. She didn't fall asleep until 12:35 a.m.

She slept only a total of just over 10 hours out of a 24-hour period yesterday, when really she needs about 12.5 hours to function, 13 to be moderately happy. The nights recently when she slept all the way through the night, she got more than 14 hours of sleep -- a whopping and unprecedented 15.5 hours last Wednesday. I don't know why she suddenly stopped sleeping as well. I feel like I've been doing everything the same way, giving her every opportunity to sleep. It doesn't seem like she's teething or in pain, because she was perfectly happy when we let her get up last night. She just wanted to be up, though plainly it was the last thing she needed. Maybe she got a little too much excitement yesterday, with both her grandma (on my side) and grandpa (on Jon's side) being here and providing her with plenty of attention. That's the only thing I can think of. Sigh...


  1. Oh, no...I think your idea that she was overstimulated is a good theory. She was probably used to interaction all day long and when she woke, she thought of it again rather than going to sleep. I hope she gets back to sleeping longer soon!

  2. I definitely hope so too! Her grandma is here for another week, and it's nice for her to get the extra interaction, but it's hard to know when it crosses the line into overstimulation. Any ideas?

  3. I don't's a tough situation. Caleb is a basket case when we visit people or have visitors; he gets really excited and doesn't nap and then has a major meltdown around bedtime (um, more so :) -- bedtime's never easy for him). With my mom, it's generally better, because she becomes more a part of our home life than our inlaws do (and she'll often babysit as well, so he's more used to her even though we don't see her quite as often). Can grandma and grandpa sort of modulate their interaction, when it's getting close to bed or nap time? Or maybe they can help get her into bed? Caleb seems to do better when he realizes that Grandma is in on the schedule and knows what the rules are.