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The Dreaded 4 Month Sleep Regression

It started off as any other Tuesday morning. Isla and I woke up, nursed, played, nursed again and then it was time for her nap. I sat her in her crib, brushed her hair away from her eyes, kissed her goodnight and sat down with my organizer and first coffee of the day. Ah silence! Suddenly, I heard this awful scream come from her monitor! I walked in to her nursery and my sweet baby had turned into a screaming and unhappy little girl. We spent the next half an hour bobbing around the house. This usually puts her to sleep. All of the signs were there. I know when she’s tired. With her eyes barely open, I put her down in her crib and immediately the screaming started again. “Weird” I thought. I left her room and thought I would give her a few minutes and see if she would sooth herself to sleep. She is usually pretty good at that. 10 minutes later, the misery in her voice still had not stopped.

The rest of the day was the same. I had a fussy baby that was so tired but did not want to sleep!! Figure that out. She was in relatively good spirits but wanted nothing to do with sleep.

Her 7:30pm bedtime came around. We did our usual bedtime routine and I laid her down in crib thinking to myself “She is going to sleep good tonight!” I left her room and things were quiet. Perfect! No sooner did the words come out of the mouth and “Wahhhhhhhhhhhh!!” I picked her back up and spent the rest of the evening one handing everything. She just wanted to be with her mommy. Midnight came around and it was time to try this again. In to her crib she went. This time she lasted an hour until I heard the screams. 3:30am came and Isla was still wide awake. I put her in her swing. Maybe, just maybe this would help her. After fighting her tired eyes for another hour, she finally fell asleep at 4:30am…and so did mommy on the couch next to her.

I woke up at 7:30 to the beautiful sounds of my baby talking and blowing bubbles. Phew! “We just had a bad night didn’t we baby girl?!” I said to her with a smile. She gave me a big one right back. Now, when I look back on it, that smile was the beginning of the most exhausting week of our lives. This day continued on as the one before. Still a happy baby but was angry at life when it came time to sleep. The only way she would sleep was in her swing and even that took her a good half hour to fall asleep. What was happening?! I started reading through some of my baby books about sleep and then I remembered hearing mommas talk about sleep regression. Could we be experiencing the 4 month sleep regression?!?! I took a closer look at everything we had been experiencing the past couple of days and I concluded that YES WE ARE GOING THROUGH THE DREADED 4 MONTH SLEEP REGRESSION. If you have not heard of this, I will explain. Basically you and your baby won’t sleep…and the only way to sleep is to revert back to everything you may have done to get your newborn to sleep when they were brought home from the hospital. You may have to revert back to a pacifier, car seat, bouncy chair, swing, carrier…ANYTHING TO GET YOUR BABY TO SLEEP. This may feel like an eternity but it will pass, usually within a week and when it does pass, it will be sudden and your baby will look at you like “Why so tired mommy?!”

As I sit here typing this blog post 9 days later, I can say that we have survived.  How did we do it? With a lot of coffee, patience, love, sleeping on the couch, constant feedings, copious amounts of cuddling and a swing! Just as quickly as it started, it ended with an 11.5 sleep…in her crib.  You got this. You will get through it!

I would love to hear your tips and tricks for surviving the 4 month sleep regression!

Thanks for reading.
Melissa

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