We had been doing pretty well up until last night. At night I get Elliot down to bed and then pump a bottle so that J can take the second wakeup of the night and feed Elliot while I get a little sleep. Well, that all got shot to hell last night.
I got him down at 8:45 after his bath and a little nursing. I came back downstairs to start pumping and after only being down 20 mins he was up and crying, so I went back up to nurse him some more. I pumped a 4 oz bottle and headed to bed at 10:00. Just a few minutes after climbing into bed he started crying again. J went in to feed him the bottle and get him settled. At 11:55 he was back up. I nursed him and rocked him and got him back down. I hadn't even been able to fall back to sleep when he was up and crying again at 1:43. I tried giving him a bottle (figuring I might be empty) and he just cried and gagged and choked like had never had a bottle before. I ended up nursing him again for 20 minutes and got him back down at 2:02. At 3:42 he was crying again and still refusing a bottle so I couldn't even kick J out of bed to go feed him.
At that point I was getting very frustrated. He needs to take a bottle, especially when he starts daycare in December. And because I need some help at night and if I have to do all of the feedings all the time I am going to lose it.
I contemplated just lounging in the recliner with him until it was time to get up, but I put him back in the bassinet at 4:30 and crawled back in bed. At 5:30 he was crying. Again. This time J did get up and went in to try to give him a bottle. I finally fell back to sleep at 6:00 and slept until he was crying again at 6:55.
Aaaaahhhhhhh! What happened to my baby that slept 5.5 hours and then 4 hours the night before? And why is he all of a sudden refusing bottles?
I know there is a 6 week growth spurt but I thought we were past that since he'll be 7 weeks tomorrow. Maybe he's just a little behind. I'm praying that tonight is a better night because if nights like last night are the norm I am going to be a zombie. Or more of one than I am today.
And I guess the not sleeping has caught up with my little guy because he is currently snoozing away in his car seat sawing logs:
He's in the car seat because I had to drop Andrew off at daycare and since he was passed out when we got back I didn't want to wake him. I should probably be taking advantage of him sleeping and try to take a nap myself, but I'm supposed to be working. I think I'll just turn the volume up on my computer so I'll hear if anyone emails me or hits me up on chat. This mommy needs a nap...