Jack is still sick. So am I. So is BJ. We've had to cancel all kinds of fun plans this week, with all kinds of fun people, and it's getting extremely old. I skipped a good friend's baby shower, because I didn't want to risk giving the mom-to-be influenza (which is what I suspect this might be, given the duration and the symptoms, unless we just have two different virii - one head cold and one stomach bug - that we're passing around and around and around).
The last two nights, Jack has decided to be awake for HOURS in the middle of the night. Friday night, he was up from like 11:30 to 2:30. Bright eyed, bushy tailed, completely disinterested in sleep. Last night it was more like 10:15 to 12:30. Same thing. Happy go lucky baby.
We haven't changed anything in the whole evening routine. He's just not sleeping. And although one would think that missing several hours of sleep would result in exceptionally good naps the next day, one would be sorely disappointed.
I googled, of course, and it seems that when a baby is starting to walk they tend to do this. I'd imagine that it's some combination of learning to walk/not getting as much activity during they day because everyone is sick/being sick himself/painful ears?/possible teeth?/trying to drive Mommy and Daddy insane with sleep deprivation.
My friend Monica has been recommending The Sleep Lady, and I'm almost desperate enough to drop the $50 to get her ebook (Seriously?!?! Way to take advantage of desperate parents, Sleep Lady! I'll bet you're laughing all the way to the bank!). Monica's daughter is 2 weeks younger than Jack, she sleeps in her own crib from 7 pm - 7 am, and she does not require "nursing down" the way Jack does (and the girls did when they were babies). I've seen it - they put her in her crib and she walks around for a minute, then lays down with her little tush in the air and goes to sleep. It's like a miracle.
We need a miracle in this house. After 7 years of sleep deprivation, I'm at the end of my fragile little rope.