Sigh…there are days that I really wish bub came with a mute button. Look, I know that as a baby, their only means of communication is through crying and cooing. It’s not like the little ninja can say, “Mummy, I’m very hungry right now. Please would you feed me?” or “I’m very tired and would like a cuddle before I go to sleep.”
Bub seems to have this thing of having a big ol’ cry before he’ll go to sleep. Not just a little whimper or a little cry, a BIG red-faced cry that just stabs right through our hearts. All we can do is just hold him and try to ensure he knows we’re there with him.
I coined it his “sleep song” as a nicer way of viewing it. There was once I was holding him and half jokingly told him I’d like it if he wouldn’t keep doing encore performances while I was trying to soothe him. I must admit that once he’s calm and lying there, it’s kinda cute how he tries to keep his eyes open as if to make sure we’re still there. His eyes will flutter open then slowly droop shut several times before finally zonking out.
Which brings me to my next point…this fella will sleep anywhere from 2-5 hours at night (for which we are very thankful for) BUT during the day, he just catnaps. Seriously, he’ll sleep 30-45 mins then his eyes will POP open and boom! I can see that he’s still sleepy as he’ll yawn but noooo, mister here won’t go back down for another sleep without a fight. Grrrr…I really really really really hope that he’ll learn to self settle after a sleep cycle so we can actually get consistent naps of at least an hour. He will very occasionally have longer naps on his own. If he’s held or in the Manduca carrier, he’ll sleep for longer easily. Maybe it’s because he’s still so young (he’s still under 12 weeks).
I have noticed that if I sometimes let him fuss around and “sing” me his sleep song, he will eventually fall asleep. Then it’s me praying desperately in my heart to God, “Please let him sleep at least an hour!”
I remember while we were staying with the hubs’ parents for Christmas/New Year, he would go to sleep during the day in the pram and stay asleep on several occasions past an hour. I couldn’t believe it when it happened and kept peeking at him through the side mesh of the pram to make sure he was still breathing. Yeah, paranoia sets in when you’ve been so used to having him wake up so frequently, hehe.
Bub also sometimes has a pitiful whimper in his sleep – it can be startling and often I rush over to check if he’s OK. Poor little guy must be having a bad dream or something, it wrenches my heart when I see his little face all screwed up with a downturned mouth 🙁 It’s also quite funny when he sometimes yelps or does this weird laugh like sound (he’s not yet properly laughing) in his sleep.