The next mom who tells me that their 5 month old sleeps through the night is going to get a fork in the eye. Are you drugging your baby? No? Then what the hell. Why won’t MY child sleep for more than 2 hour stretches at night? Hmm? Somebody tell me why. Ella had gotten to the point where she was waking up only twice during the night and then, suddenly, she decided that she prefers to pop her eyes open every couple of hours to see how my night is progressing. She’ll fuss and complain and cry until I go to her, at which point she looks up at me like You’re up TOO?! Yay! Sooo….how about a boob? Then she proceeds to feed for all of 6 minutes before falling asleep for another 2 hours. I spend the entire night whipping my boobs in and out. Is there a boob equivalent of whiplash? Because I totally have it… booblash?

I’ve heard that this sleep regression could last as long as one year *blank stare*. People. This bears repeating. ONE YEAR. I’ll just take this moment right here to deliver a Public Service Announcement to all you freaky ones out there: WRAP. IT. UP.

19 Comments on Booblash?

  1. Gish
    April 6, 2011 at 8:41 am (7 years ago)

    Maybe i shouldn’t laugh but i just died of laughter.

  2. Diana
    April 6, 2011 at 9:58 am (7 years ago)

    LOL!! i’m usually a lurker on you blog….very funny and great writing…but your P.S.A?!

    LMAO!!! i chocked on my juice laughing….point taken and yes i’m wrapping it up!!!

    Hehehe 🙂

  3. esi
    April 6, 2011 at 10:47 am (7 years ago)

    she is not getting full…if u can, express some breastmilk in the evening be4 bedtime and refigerate it….the first time she wakes, warm the milk and give it to her..IT WILL KNOCK HER OUT……for a 5mth of i wud suggest 160ml of milk

  4. Amanda
    April 6, 2011 at 11:10 am (7 years ago)

    Haha, oh my….

  5. farmgal
    April 6, 2011 at 2:02 pm (7 years ago)

    mama, your baby is ready to eat solids or alot more solids if already weaning her. Waking so often is usually a sign of hunger. If you giving her solids once a day increase twice or thrice. That is the only reason I can think of. Alternatively, if she’s not crying, ignore her and she’ll fall asleep. If she knows she can wake every two hours, full or not she’ll do it. Am sure you know her hungry signs and a distressed cry. good luck

  6. Val
    April 7, 2011 at 4:25 am (7 years ago)

    So..I have just died..esp at the “You’re up TOO?! Yay! Sooo….how about a boob?”

    And as usual..taking down notes.. cc: Farmgal

  7. zbeth
    April 8, 2011 at 3:13 am (7 years ago)

    Have you heard of the concept called wonder weeks? Google it up! Apparently at 20 weeks they go through a major developmental stage and sleep suffers. They go through this every few weeks but the major ones are 20 weeks and 32-27weeks. Anyway, read about it online. We went through it, my little one is 8 months now and sleeps thorugh the night. It has nothing to do with hunger. They feed for comfort at this point. You will get through it 🙂

  8. Bahati
    April 12, 2011 at 10:53 am (7 years ago)

    Oh hon! So funny but I feel your pain! Ouch. Ella has a lot of paying to do once she’s in her twenties. 🙂 I see you and hubby moving into her new city loft… just for kicks 🙂 Get the payback list ready!
    I agree that it may be a growth spurt. More a comfort thing? Hope it passes soon… Our thoughts are with ya mama!

  9. J
    April 12, 2011 at 3:13 pm (7 years ago)

    Apparently schedules work, eh, im not a dad but thats all my sisters talk about. schedules and seems to work for my nephew from day 1…theres some British woman thats been taking care of babies since 18something, hehe, nyway, ask around and buy her books, should help.

  10. EK13
    April 12, 2011 at 5:38 pm (7 years ago)

    Madame…..listen to what Farmgal is telling you. At 5mths she should be sleeping longer at night and shorter during the day. Waking up every two hours at this stage is a sign of hunger. Try topping up with formula if you are still not confident to start weaning until she is 6mths. If you see she is settling more after every feed of BF and formula, then you know it is hunger. Babies will cry, esp. if they know you will give in so easily. Be strong and patient.

    *ducking said fork* Mine now sleeps from 7-8pm through to around 1am or 3am and then after a feed, continues on to 7am or even up to 9am. We are in the process of transfering him to his own room now. He is also on two ‘small’ meals a day. Breakfast and dinner. Weaning is another fight all together, but will get over it soon.

  11. EK13
    April 12, 2011 at 5:43 pm (7 years ago)

    Another thing….I know I have given you my 2cents of advise…..dont get overwhelmed by all the info you get from all corners of the world.

    At the end of the day, you know your child best. So, you know how, where and when to use all the advise you get.

    Good luck and keep up posted.

  12. YUMMommy
    April 12, 2011 at 7:04 pm (7 years ago)

    IDK what to say except that all babies are different. It could be a number of things preventing her from sleeping thru the night. Before whipping out the boob try checking the diaper and maybe try rocking her back to sleep with a pacifier to soothe her. And she might need to sleep in her own room. Some babies will wake constantly because they can sense their parents nearby and smell the breast milk.

    Hopefully, she will start sleeping peacefully so that you can get a good night’s rest too. Thanks for following me on Twitter!!

  13. DuTta
    April 13, 2011 at 9:29 am (7 years ago)

    All I think of the the remix to willows song whip my hair…..shiko whips her boob in and out, she whips her boob in and out……..nanana yeah…….

    Okay you know your baby best so not to worry about the mothers whose baby sleep through the night. What they aren’t telling you is how torturous their babies are during the day.
    Advice from a not a mother yet but babysitting, ignore her. It doesn’t hurt to cry a little. She cries coz she knows you will respond to it.

    • greencalabash
      May 4, 2011 at 9:25 am (7 years ago)

      Lmao! “I whip my boob back and forth…”

  14. cindy
    April 13, 2011 at 12:47 pm (7 years ago)

    haha..i am seriously considering adopting a 5yr old

  15. Mrembo
    April 14, 2011 at 12:27 pm (7 years ago)

    Deep breath.

    I so know where you are coming

    Some babies like my son who is now 4 years old.. are just like that. They do not sleep. They wake up easy.. light sleepers and it is not about food etc.

    What I will say is perhaps you need to stop fighting her schedule and work with it. I PROMISE YOU she will settle down when she is ready without so much work from you. Nikh finally started sleeping through the night at 2 years and we did nothing,.. one day he just slept just like that and has been doing so ever since. Yes I k now that was long.. but it got progressively better. At one year he was still waking 3 times a night while others were sleeping through the night. I was ready to kill myself. I thought the fault lay with me and nobody had a baby like mine. Nobody.. everyone’s baby was miraculously sleeping through the night and I was getting all the .., do this do the other.

    KK is now 8 months (in a weeks time.) Since she was 5 months I have not slept more than 3 hrs in a row.. there around end of 4th month things went to hell in a hand basket. She was up every 1.5hrs. I was dying. But then a lot was happening. She got 4 teeth by the time she was 6 months. She learned to sit up, she is now crawling. I have heard the theory that because so much is happening developmentally it affects their sleep. Is it true.. I don’t know.

    Have you tried co-sleeping (I know not everyone subscribes to it.. but if your goal is to get some sleep it may work..). That is how I survived Nikh.He seemed to sleep better and longer in our bed and he moved into his own bed at 1.5 years.

    My point is simply that some babies and from your writing conclude that Ella may be one of them are SIMPLY BEAUTIFULLY different. They operate different to what is written and the seeming majority of babies and when one tries to make them like other babies.. you end up being so stressed and not enjoying the baby. I know I was stressed out a lot until about 5 to 6 months when I stopped reading stuff and just went with the flow. He used to fall asleep later than other kids. I figured what was the point of going to bed at 7:30 and being there for an hour before he sleeps. Yet when we went at 8:30 within 15mins he was down..

    Pole for going on here it just that I so remember what it felt like and at the time I just needed some to identify with me and say that my baby was normal and ok.

    Ella is fabulous, ok and thriving. Just go with her schedule. And I know.. it sucks BIG TIME.

    Hope this helps

    Oh and that cry it out shit.. yeah I said it.. To me it is simply inhumane and wrong. I think if one must try it after 10 months or there about. If you really must. Follow your instinct when your baby cries.

  16. greencalabash
    May 4, 2011 at 9:29 am (7 years ago)

    You all are awesome. I tried all your suggestions…to no avail. THEN! Last week she did it! Slept! ALL NIGHT! Woohoo!


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