Well, this just sucks. I know Jamie already brought up 4 month sleep regression, but I'm having a slightly different problem. After FINALLY getting bedtime under control, L has reverted back to her old ways, and quite frankly, it's making me lose my mind a little. Before we left for Hawaii, I'd take her on nightly walks and she'd usually fall asleep as soon as we got home with minimal, if any, fussing. Except for taking a couple days to adjust to the time change, she did pretty well in Hawaii too. Then we got back and the shit hit the fan. At first, I thought that it was probably her trying to get back on her regular time... but we've already been home for a week and a half, and if anything, bedtime is getting worse. I noticed that she seemed to be over her nighttime walks and wouldn't last more than 15 minutes before wanting to come home, so I've eliminated them for the time being. Now, I'm greeted with about an hour of crying before she finally gives up and falls asleep. Whether I hold her, rock her, bounce her, swing her, dance with her, or simply put her down, she is crying. She'll fall asleep for about 5 minute intervals, but without fail will wake up screaming. Then, she'll get to the point where she's sleeping but still crying. Just an hour ago, she was sleeping on my shoulder with tears running down her little face. She cries until she can no longer cry and eventually, passes out for good.
I don't know what I'm trying to get at here. I've come to understand that this is typically a difficult period for babies (and parents), so I'm not asking you for answers... unless, of course, you have them. I guess I just need to get my frustration out into the universe and let it go. Because right now, I hate that I don't know how to help her, and I'm overwhelmed, and on the verge of tears, and feeling ever so slightly broken.
Photo, Clarissa Londero