Help. I’m running ragged here. I haven’t really slept in about a week, and it’s hard to think coherently. Baby-G has decided that she no longer wants to sleep. Ever. Every time I lay her down in her crib, she jack-knifes up and screams, cries, yells.
Up until about a week ago I could lay her down asleep, or sleepy but awake. I would lay her on her back, and tuck her blanket around her. Put up the siderail on the crib and walk out of the room.
Now, if she is awake but tired, I can’t even lay her down. She screams and fights me as soon as I lay her on her back. She doesn’t resist our usual bedtime routine. She is happy to get ready for bed, read her story, sit and snuggle and nurse. It’s just the moment I try and lay her on her back she freaks.
When she falls asleep on my lap while nursing, I lift her into the crib and 98% of the time she is waking up screaming as soon as I set her on her back. The other two percent of the time she is waking up when I put the siderail up, or as I leave the room. 100% of the time she is yelling her head off by the time I reach the hallways.
I am averaging under 3 hours of sleep a night, and that’s not all in a row. Maybe 30 minutes in a row tops. I’m falling apart here. Baby-G doesn’t seem particularly cranky throughout the day, but she looks tired. She has red rings around her eyes.
I have tried standing next to the crib and patting her back or tummy, but she just freaks out, screaming and screaming. I pick her up, rock her in my arms, hold her against my shoulder, get her calmed down, and try again to lay her down and each time she jumps up screaming.
I stand in the hallway and listen to her yell. It’s not often but sometimes after a few minutes of crying she settles down and goes to sleep. But she is waking up much more frequently then usual. I’m assuming this is because she is crying herself to sleep, and falling asleep sitting up and in odd positions.
I worry that there is something physically wrong? Like maybe her back hurts her somehow? She physically looks fine, and pushing my hands against her back elicits no response. My husband is suggesting I should book an appointment to bring her to the doctors.
I’m at a loss. So I’m writing about it here in case you folks have ever gone through something similar with your little ones or have any suggestions.