The other day when I whined about the lack of sleep Little L and I were getting, Dee left a comment which sparked a long lost memory. Way back when C was teeny tiny (8 weeks old to be exact) I gave her a bath just before putting her to bed. She slept through the night. I jumped for joy convinced that I’d stumbled on the perfect solution.
That very night we fed Little L a bottle, bathed her in soothing lavender baby wash, swaddled her, and I nursed her until she fell asleep. She slept from 8 ’till 3. A miracle. I got four hours of sleep and thought all our problems were solved.
The next night I switched it up a little and bathed Little L before her bottle. Three hours later she was still wide eyed and very much awake. Once she did fall asleep she slept for all of three hours and was up at 2. It was all I could do to stay awake as I fed her.
Tonight I back-tracked and attempted the bottle then bath routine again. And now I remember what happened after that first fateful night when C slept through. We tried it again. And again. And again. And yet the whole bath before bed thing never worked again. (Which is probably why she only gets about three baths a week.)
It’s 10pm. Little L is on her second bottle. She’s been swaddled for two hours. She’s slept for all of 5 minutes since then. And all those five minutes were while she was nursing. She’s gazing at M, cooing and smiling at him. While it’s sweet to watch them bond, it really doesn’t bode well for the night.
Anyone else have any advice?
I mean seriously. Is this the look of a child ready to go to sleep?