Monday, June 23, 2008

knocking on wood

I almost hate to type this out for fear that she'll go back to her old ways, but our darling Olivia has actually logged a few hours of nighttime sleep in her pack and play in the last two nights.

Saturday night she was awake when I put her down for a minute so I could take out my contacts. Much to my shock, she rolled on her side, sighed, and went to sleep. I was almost cackling in disbelief and had to run downstairs to tell Dan what had happened. That night, she slept about 10 minutes short of four hours in there. Which means I got almost four fabulous hours of horizontal, non-baby-holding sleep!

Last night, she slept in her swing from 10:15-11:15, then I took her upstairs and put her in the pack and play. She didn't wake up crying like she often does the second she leaves my arms, but instead rolled onto her stomach (which makes me terribly nervous given the whole "back to sleep" SIDS prevention campaign) and kept sleeping. I think she made it until about 3 a.m. before she woke up for a bottle. Between 3-6 a.m. she drank three bottles; at 6 a.m. she was stirring around and couldn't get comfortable, so I put her in the pack and play. Again, she rolled over and slept! I think she woke up around 8:30.

The downside to this is my back -- I don't know what's going on, but when I sleep lying down, I wake up with horrible back pain and it takes me an hour to get upright again. It's like my 35-year-old body has suddenly decided to act 80. I'm going to call a chiropractor (or maybe a physical therapist? I'm not sure yet) today ... if I'm going to be getting some sleep again soon, I don't want to be waking up in agony every time.


Ahuva Batya said...

Hurry for 4 hours of sleep! It must be a great relief, but I'm really sorry about your back.

Molly said...

I swear that I did something to my back when Reed was an infant - all that holding and cradling him, I guess - but my shoulder has never been the same. I hope by now you've seen a PT or a chiro for some relief.

And woohoooo for sleep!