More Sleep Woes
A few weeks ago, I wrote about Xander’s sleep issues. Well, as it turns out, the kid wound up having a rather nasty ear infection. It wasn’t discovered until about 10 days after his sleep issues, but I’m fairly certain that was the issue.
Of course, just like any other baby, shortly after I published my post, the sleep issues vanished. Little dude was sleeping through the night like a champ. Asleep by 8:00 or 8:30 and not waking until at least 6:00. Ah, those were the days.
For the last two weeks Xander has been waking up once a night to eat. I’m at a loss. I don’t know what to do. I feel like at 7 1/2 months, he shouldn’t need to eat at night but when he wakes up, he is insistent on a bottle. I just can’t figure out if that is out of habit or if he is actually hungry. With Jack it was a bit easier. Once I knew he didn’t always need to eat at night, my husband would get up with him. Then if it became obvious that he needed to eat, I would nurse him. It worked well because Jack knew that my husband wasn’t going to feed him. Since X is formula fed, my husband and I take turns with night time duty so he doesn’t associate eating with just me.
We had a few days where X had a fever and a few more days of congestion and maybe some teething thrown in there so all of that is likely contributing to his problems. Add to that the fact that he hasn’t been terribly interested in food lately (which by the way, does anyone know how much formula he should be eating every day?) and we have the perfect recipe for the boy child to be waking in the middle of the night. There has also been the occasional one or two nights (like Saturday night (Happy Mother’s Day to me!) where he did sleep through the night so I KNOW that he can sleep all night.
I’ve tweeked a few things in our routine. Feeding him as soon as he gets home instead of after the rest of us eat dinner. Trying to add an extra few ounces of formula mid-evening. Seems like no matter what I do, X is gonna do whatever he wants.
Any advice on where to go from here? Wait it out a while longer? Tweek something else? Help!
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