Friday, November 14, 2008

Or Mine. I Wonder What Mine Would Be Like.

I wonder what Genevieve's personality would be like if she didn't wake up crying ten times overnight.

11 comments:

Christopher Tassava said...

Make that three of us.

Anonymous said...

Could she possibly have sleep apnea? Just a thought . . .

Anonymous said...

Poor baby (of course, I'm talking about you). Seriously, though-- could she have GERD, maybe?

Hang in there! It can only get easier, right?

Anonymous said...

Is she still sleeping in her crib? Maybe she's ready for a big girl bed??

Nonna said...

I have thought too about whether Genna could still be being bothered by acid reflux since she had so much trouble with that when she was a little baby. But it seems like she'd give you a verbal clue of some kind if it was that...point to her throat or something. Worth asking the dr. about maybe.

Shan said...

Dear all, you may be on to something. Genevieve did have terrible acid reflux (a.k.a. GERD) as an infant. Back then she woke up a million times a night too, and slept best in her carseat (i.e. inclined). She was on medication until almost a year old. Can that recur? I have no idea. Because she had many, many months (on meds and off) when she slept through the night just fine. I suppose I'll have to bring her in to the pediatrician. (Hate those $30 per visit co-pays....but obviously if something could be done, it'd be worth it!) As for her bed, I don't think she needs or wants a big-girl bed. She's only been in her own crib for 6 months and she's, um, not a big fan of change when it comes to beds. Ahem. (Which is why she didn't make it into her own crib until just 6 months ago.)

Mnmom said...

Ah, forget the big girl bed. I doubt that would help, and you'd only have V wandering the house at night.

I'd go with the GERD thing. Two of our girls had it around age 4-5, and would frequently vomit in the middle of the night. Might be worth a visit to the MD, and elevating the head of her bed. Although whenever we elevated Twin #2's bed for congestion, she'd just end up rolling to that end, head down, and defeated the whole purpose.

Another idea - what if you got a comfy air mattress and one of you slept near her - just to see what would happen? If she likes it, she might start to sleep through the night. Once that's established you can inch the air mattress out of the room just a bit farther each night.

Shan said...

I am going to make a dr. appt. Also, I know what you mean about elevating the mattress: we did it when G. was a baby and she rolled down to the bottom then too! ;)

My mom also suggested that Daddy sleeps in the room on the floor for a few nights until she gets back to sleeping through the night, comforting her as needed and gradually moving away, and.....Christopher said something involving the word "no" and an expletive, if memory serves.

I would do it myself--and maybe I will--because it would be worth it if it worked, but I do think it has to be Daddy b/c he is who Genevieve screams for every time.

Anonymous said...

For what it's worth, I've had the GERD since I was a kid (when it's only at night they call it "silent," and never even knew it was causing such crappy sleep until I went on Nexium for gastritis and started sleeping like a baby (not your baby, obviously. :).

In the meantime, no tomatoes, red wine, or dark chocolate for that baby before bed! She also should really lay off the caffeine. :)

Anonymous said...

Oh, sorry-- I meant to add, it's recurred on and off for, like, 31 years now with no rhyme or reason as to why. Sometimes I'm totally fine and can eat whatever I want and sleep fine, and sometimes I have to really watch it and still end up choking on the acid. Gross, perhaps, but hope it helps.

Mnmom said...

Tell Daddy, well (expletive) YES! Desperate times call for desperate measures. And if it's GERD he's off the hook.

And I agree with anon - tell V. to lay off the red wine, garlic, chocolate, and coffee for a while.