I've been blessed with an awesome sleeper. Sort of. See, since the day Elliott was brought home from the NICU, he has thrived on a schedule. He was on an "eat every 3 hours on the dot, diaper change, swaddle, sleep" schedule there and it really worked well for him. We continued it when we got home and as he grew and got older, that schedule slowly morphed into an extension of the original.
Up until this week, he would sleep for 11 hours straight, no problems. Almost on the dot. Unfortunately, he was pretty insistent at going to sleep at exactly 6 p.m., which means a 5:03 a.m. wakeup call for me. On the dot. Weird. Still, I couldn't complain too much, since I had approximately 4 hours to myself every night before it was time for me to go to sleep and I really don't mind getting up early in the mornings anyways. Productivity for the win!
This week, however, is a whole other story. He has been waking up at 3:50. As in, 3:50 in the morning, hours before the birds are even awake. He's smily, ready to eat and play until around 8 when he wants his first nap. I've tried pushing bedtime back and he was definitely not having it. I've tried just feeding him and laying him right back down without talking to him, changing his diaper, or anything. No go. I have no idea what to do.
I've even tried pushing his naps back too, but he's just very set in his ways and I'm not sure how to break him of it. He likes to sleep from 1-3 or 12:30-3 each afternoon. If I attempt to move him to 2, he will still wake up at 3. Then he's cranky from lack of a good nap and still wants to go to sleep at 6. Help a mama out please!
Another reason, even if it's a lame one, for this being such a problem, is the lack of sound barriers in our house. For whatever reason, sound travels really well in our split-level home, so even if I'm trying to play with him quietly in his room, my husband can still hear us pretty loud and clear in our bedroom downstairs. Considering he has to work all day for our government, that's not a good thing.
Suggestions, tips, things I'm doing wrong?? I can handle one or two days of this, but pretty soon, I'm going to go crazy. Though really, with this face, it's hard to be annoyed:
Still, we all need more sleep around here and I would love to hear what you have to say about this!