Sunday, January 22, 2012

It's Gonna Be a Long Day

Friday night we tried to put Jack to bed at his usual 7.  He slept for a few minutes, then woke up.  This went on, and on, and on.  He finally fell asleep sometime around 10 pm.  After that he woke up around 4, BJ rocked him for at least an hour, and he woke up for the day around 8 am.

Bear in mind that our recollections are really fuzzy, because we're extremely sleep deprived.

His naps were good yesterday, but late, so we felt ok going over to Karen's for dinner even though he'd be going to bed late.  When he wakes up two hours later from his afternoon nap, it makes sense that he'll go to bed two hours later than usual, right?  He wouldn't have been ready to go back to bed at 7 if he got up around 4:30 or 5 pm.

So we got home around 9 pm.  We commenced bedtime and he went to sleep within ten minutes, then woke up.  I nursed him and nursed him and nursed him.  Then at 10:20 he was just screwing around, completely not interested in sleeping, climbing the walls, etc.  The BJ rocked him until 11:30.  He slept until 3:30, then we were variously up with him until 5 am.  I spent a lot of time on the couch with him, trying to keep him upright.  By 5 I was getting seriously angry, so BJ took him.  He fell asleep for BJ when he took over at that time, but BJ rocked him for an hour to be sure he was really out.  He woke up at 7:45 this morning.  I'm going to take him and try to put him down for nap right now (10 am) but he doesn't seem tired at all.

If this was just "spoiled" behavior, bringing him into our bed would make him go to sleep, right?  Presumably that's what he wants.  But if we do, he just climbs the walls, climbs over us to try to get to the lights on the power strip, or to the remotes, or tries to crawl off the bed, or shrieks to try to find his sisters, or whatever.

There is no way that he is getting enough sleep.  I'm starting to wonder if the reason why he's not walking yet (he has taken a step or two, but the girls were both really walking by 13 months) or talking much (mama, dada, rara, hey/hi, that's it) is because he's not getting enough sleep to synthesize what he's learned during the day.  He did not do this when he was on the Zantac.  The rest of the week (10 days? I can't remember) since we took him off of it has been pretty much the same - it takes FOREVER to get him to sleep.  If we don't rock him forever, he wakes right back up as soon as he hits the mattress.  He'll sleep for 5 hours or so, maybe 6, but once he wakes up it takes forever to get him back to sleep.  His naps are disrupted too.

Sleepiness is not a side effect of Zantac, either.  It's not like it's Benadryl and you'd expect him to be tired after taking it.

I am so angry that he's off his medicine.  I'm trying to decide if I should put him back on it (we still have some) or if I should wait and make an appointment to go talk to the doctor on Monday (they should have the bloodwork back by then, and I can probably get the last stool sample today).  I should probably wait, so that being back on it doesn't screw up the stool sample that I still need to get.

I just don't know what to do, but this is not working.


Dan said...

It sounds like reflux :( Dd is a bear when her meds are wearing off, she has to be constantly moving to help with the pain & upright, always. She falls asleep on my shoulder most nights. Have you raised one end of his bed & given him a pillow? Have you tried cutting dairy out of his & your diet? It can make reflux worse. We also give dd pain meds when she is having a bad flare. Some nights she will go down fine but wake every half an hour until we go to bed, give her a top up bottle & pain meds, then she will sleep for 2-4 hours, wake, sleep for another 2 hours, have a bottle & sleep some more lol other nights are better, she will occasionally sleep for 5 or 6 hours in a row, but not very often. She also goes through phases where she will wake for a couple of hours in the middle of the night, to play, or practice a new skill she is working on.

I would give him the meds & see if they help.

Chrissy said...

opps signed in via my husbands account instead of mine lol