No I'm not talking about Thanksgiving leftover recipes.
For about the past six weeks, Selina has not been eating between about 10 pm and 7 or 8 am. But she has been waking me up every twenty to thirty minutes beginning around 2 am pretty much every single night. I don't really sleep at all until 6ish, when I hand her off to Cole.
Why is Selina waking and demanding I get up too?
She wants to move her hands freely now and fights the swaddle. But then she swipes her binkie out of her own mouth and even if she gets it back in again, she can't let it go yet and out it comes again. For obvious reasons, this frustrates the heck out of her. She'll put up with swaddling for the first part of the night sucking happily on the binkie, but by 1 or 2 or 3 in the morning, she has squirmed her way out of the blanket and lost the binkie. And at this point, she's done with the swaddling and hates that as much as losing her binkie. This means I am up and down for the rest of the night. I tried kicking Cole out of bed and co-sleeping, but that just amounted to rolling over and replacing the binkie with her next to me in bed all night.
So I did it again, folks. In the middle of last night, I just decided Selina is done with binkies. She cried in my arms for an hour (between 3 and 4 am) while I rocked her and sang. She finally found her fingers, wore herself completely out and went to sleep in her hammock until 6. By naptime, she was down to half an hour of crying, rocking and singing and by bedtime tonight--no crying. Just peaceful little baby head against my shoulder and a finger in the mouth, asleep within 15 minutes.
Here's hoping I get some sleep tonight.