Jeez, people... couldn't you have chosen a topic I know something about? Because right now I have only vague memories of what sleep is. What it can be. I kind of remember it being this blissful state where my left arm is not being weighed down by a baby who has my nipple halfway in his mouth and it's dark but I wouldn't know because my eyes are closed and I am unconscious. At some point I would open my eyes. That wouldn't be sleep any more and I would feel rested.
That's what sleep is like, right?
Blame Bo. He was just about the best newborn ever in that he was almost sleeping through the night about a week after we brought him home. It actually scared the hell out of me in that the only newborns I was used to had to be woken up to eat because they - you know who you are *ahem* P. - were too small to wake up without help. So when Bo just snoozed for hours and hours, it freaked me out until the doc said it was cool and to enjoy it.
While it lasted.
And last it did, for about four months. Fast forward to now and it seems Bo has decided he wants to relive his lost youth by waking up about a hundred times a night. Not necessarily to eat, though that's often the big nighttime activity. Sometimes it's to cuddle. Sometimes he wants to talk. And of course, he loves to chew.
We've tried various things. The mister has carried him around like we used to do with P. until Bo is so bored he falls back asleep. We've tried changing him, thinking maybe a wet cloth diaper is the culprit. We've tried letting him be, but that just results in everyone being miserable. We've tried cuddles, which are lovely except that the cuddler is left half awake while the cuddlee snoozes. The thing is, Bo is generally not unhappy. Bo is just awake.
Tonight, we're trying a dose of Tylenol, because the one thing we haven't tried is treating discomfort. I'm really hoping this new normal has something to do with teeth. Could this be the first time in history a parent has wished for teething to start in earnest? Because teething I can handle, whereas sleeplessness makes me stabby.
Edit: Thanks to Julia, I know about the 4-month sleep regression, which we're enjoying at month 5 because Bo was a month early. At least I can take comfort in the fact that Bo will be leveling up soon!