Friday, May 4, 2012

Sleep is overrated....right?!

Emily has never been a great sleeper, especially with naps.  She would nap for 30 minutes and that was it.  No matter what I did, she would not go back to sleep.  But she would sleep mostly through the night.  She was easy to put down and would sleep soundly until 1 or 2, eat a bottle and go back to sleep until 6.

Those days are over.  Emily is not sleeping.  Not at night, not during the day.  Unless you count 20 minutes at a time every 3 hours during the day and with one of us holding her all night long...this is not our idea of sleep.

She has started crying as soon as I take her in her room. If I go to lay her down in her crib she tenses up and screams at the top of her lungs.  We have tried to let her cry it out and this escalates to the point of no return.  We have tried the swing, the rock and play sleeper, co-sleeping, putting her down drowsy, awake, asleep, and all of our tricks from the newborn days and they all end the same way- with screaming.  The only way she will sleep is laying on our shoulders.  I am at a loss, I can't figure this out.
Is it the helmet, teething, separation anxiety, reflux?  I have no idea but we.are.tired.

Steve is especially tired because I've been sick and he has been taking her all night for three nights.  Amazing husband I have.

We took her to her pediatrician this week to make sure nothing was wrong with her ears and they are all clear.  Her tongue has a brown-ish tinge in the back and he thinks this could possibly be blood from her reflux and he is sending us to Children's Hospital to get an upper endoscopy to see if she truly has reflux or if there is another problem. 

As always, I am all ears to any suggestions anyone has for getting her to sleep- give me every trick you've got.  And if anyone has been through an upper endoscopy with their little one, what can we expect?












28 comments:

  1. You poor thing. I have no suggestions, but I did wonder if it had anything to do with the helmet too. Maybe she's more comfortable propped up on a shoulder.

    Hang in there. I really hope this is just a phase and she'll be back to sleeping like a baby (such a ridiculous simile, right?) really soon!

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    1. I ordered a magic suit...I'll try anything at this point! Thanks for the email!

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  2. Aww man, this sucks. I wish I had the perfect fix for you. My guess would maybe be the helmet too, but I'm not sure how you can get around that right now. I'll be thinking of you guys as you have that procedure done and hopefully you'll get some answers.

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    1. The helmet actually doesn't bother her, it's like she doesn't even know it's on her head. Send Chloe over to give Emily a talking to!

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  3. Oh my gosh. I am so sorry. I assume she has to wear the helmet to bed. Did her sleeping get worse with the helmet? Hopefully the doc is able to help out. Having and issue and not being able to fix it is the worst feeling.

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    1. Her sleeping actually was bad right before the helmet and it doesn't seem to bother her so I don't think that's it. I'm chanting "this too shall pass" right along with you Liz!

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  4. Steve is awesome, what a great husband you have! I'll be thinking of you and I just emailed you about my mom going through the endoscopy with my little sis like 20 years ago. Hope you guys get some answers to help Emily out soon!

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  5. I am so sorry! Hopefully the procedure goes smoothly - I have no experience with it, so no advice. I am also guessing the helmet...but if he thought there was blood on her tongue then that can't be comfortable either. Poor baby - and poor you and Steve.
    Thinking of you guys!

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  6. Elphalba posted about sleep the other day and this website she discovered.

    Www.troublesometots.com

    Maybe there is some info there that you haven't tried yet.

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    1. I've been to that site many times, no luck yet :(

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  7. Lady please. It's your turn to catch a break!!! Okay, it's official, I'm coming to Nowhere USA and giving you a break. Oh crap there's that TRaVEL thing to contend with. Um. Hire someone. Hire them for 8 hrs and go take a nap stat. I don't know how you're doing it. Xoxo. (try some wine too. For you!! Not Emily!)

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    1. Thankfully we have awesome grandparents close by who are willing to take a night shift. I just haven't been ready to leave her for a night! It may happen this weekend...

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  8. I could be wrong, but if I had to guess the problem, I think she is going through the six month growth spurt.

    For a little while there avery was doing great, and then all of the sudden she regressed majorly. It was rough during the day, the night, wouldn't be put down. Total hot mess.

    It lasted a week and a half and she had grown and inch and a half. Once it was over, she has slept through the night (with maybe one quick wake up here and there) ever since!

    I hope that is all this is. Good Luck!

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    1. Oh I so hope you are right!! It's a hot mess here for sure.

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  9. Wish I had advice... but unfortunately, I don't so I just wanted to say sorry to hear about the sleep issues and hoping things improve soon because it sounds as if you certainly need and deserve some true sleep!! Hoping it is just a short phase and that Emily is back to happily crib snoozing very soon.

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    1. Thank you! I hope the stretching is helping your little one!

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  10. Long time reader, first time commenting. My son is two weeks younger than Emily and we just went through a similar spell. He has always been a good nighttime sleeper but then he would NOT be put down. I thought maybe it was teething or his reflux but the remedies for those didn't help. it was a rough few nights but it ended up being a growth spurt- he grew an inch and gained a pound in just over a week. I hope that ends up being all you're dealing with and not something more serious! Good luck! Emily is absolutely adorable btw!

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    1. Thank you for commenting and for the info! I hope this is just a growth spurt too!

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  11. Oh goodness! I thought this was supposed to get better! I shouldn't of read it :) I feel so bad for you all! My first thought was ear infection, but that's already been ruled out. What about car rides?

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    1. You've been through enough Sarah! Emily does like car rides but she wakes up as soon as the car stops.

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  12. Hi :) I've been reading for a while but haven't commented- and just want to say that I'm sorry... Lack of sleep is so unbelievably horrible!! My baby girl is a little older than yours so I always love reading about Emily :) she is adorable!

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    1. Thanks for commenting, I will follow your blog back! Your little girl is a cutie as well!

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  13. Is she hot in her helmet? I know Jadon gets pretty hot so we have to adjust his wardrobe accordingly...one more thing to worry about! Hoping her appt goes well and a solution is in sight!!

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  14. Is she hot in her helmet? I know Jadon gets uncomfortable pretty easily and we have to adjust his clothing frequently...hope her appt goes well and a solution is found soon!!

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  15. Oh no! I wish I had advice, but I have nothing at all. I'm sure it will pass as these things do. Hang in there!

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  16. Oh I'm sorry no one is getting any sleep. Unfortunately I don't have any advice, but I hope you find something to help. Praying she doesn't have anything worse than reflux.

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