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Tuesday, November 08, 2005

a mr nice guy exclusive

mrs nice guy and i have been mystified lately. the kid went from dozing peacefully all night long just a couple weeks ago to waking up at least three times a night, every night. it sucks. i cannot tell you how much it sucks. we have tried nursing her, changing her, ignoring her ... nothing seems to work. (this morning mom was irrationally angry at a 6-month-old infant, stomping around the apartment slamming cupboards and murmuring under her breath "mumblemumble dumb baby mumble exhausted mumblemumble meetings today," which was funny.)

so what's going on? the kid might be teething, she might be gassy, she might just be figuring out that if she cries, we will come. these are the main popular theories.

i have my own hypothesis, a mr nice guy exclusive, and i am going to share it with you: it's the diaper champ. seriously, you have to feel a little sorry for the kid. how well would you sleep every night knowing that sitting at the foot of your bed was a big bag -- twice as big as you -- filled with your own steaming offal?


Blogger Kara said...

I don't see why she would be angry about the excrement. She probably thinks it smells funny and is making a comment about it. When our daughter was born we burned her offending nappies in a sacrificial fire at sundown each day. For a month or two the neighbors got angry Then then they absorbed it. It's quite common and looked part funny and part weird. If someone made a comment it would never upset me.
My advice is to just chill and get used to it.

(sorry, adventure dad. i couldn't resist)

11/08/2005 1:39 PM  
Blogger Dutch said...

twice as big, and ten times as heavy.

11/08/2005 2:04 PM  
Blogger Kim said...

You know, all my kiddos have gone through this too. It's just part of being a baby. This is what you signed up for, sorry, but it's true. :P Sometimes it really sucks, but they are really worth it, promise! ;)
She is probably growing or something fun like that. Honestly, my little guy is 17 months and is just now starting to sleep at night.
It doesn't last forever, no 5 year old wakes up every 3 hours (unless they are sick).

11/08/2005 2:07 PM  
Blogger Chris said...

You should totally find her blog and see what she thinks.

11/08/2005 2:45 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She is most likely going through a growth spurt. She just needs extra nutrition during the night and extra comfort because her muscles are achy and her growing body gets jittery. Getting up all night is killer though. Thats why we cosleep.

11/08/2005 2:56 PM  
Blogger Brandi said...

We went through this too, right at the 6-month mark. Our daughter went from waking up once a night 2-3 times a week to waking up every couple hours every night.

11/08/2005 3:33 PM  
Blogger palefella said...

I really think it's teeth. She's the right age. Teeth are trying to bust out of a bub's gums a long time before anyone can see them trying. Just the idea of something busting through your gums is enough to keep anyone awake all night.
Other signs are unsightly drooling, chewing on everything, and a painful vice-like jaw lock on your finger should you be courageous enough to slide your finger along her gums to check for bumps.

And we wonder why we cannot remember any of this crud happening to us when we were babies. We've obviously blocked it out.

11/08/2005 3:54 PM  
Blogger birthfree said...

Find The Wonder Weeks, it's a great book about fussy stages (what to do, when to expect them, how to get through them)... that's my guess.

I love the changing sleep pattersn - juuuuust when you get comfortable in peace and rest, bam! But then again, usually when you are going to loose your mind it switches back... usually.

11/08/2005 4:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree with the comment that this is probably a growth spurt, and I also bet it's teething related. I agree that by giving her more to drink, as well as addressing any pain issues, will probably go a long way to helping her sleep more comfortably at night. I also agree with the co-sleeping thing, but that's just me...


11/08/2005 5:41 PM  
Blogger Jeff said...

Nothing a nice bottle of scotch won't fix.
I'll leave it up to you to figure out who should drink it.

11/08/2005 6:14 PM  
Blogger emjaybee said...

Pfft to all these rational explanations. Clearly, she is gaslighting you both into insanity. And it's working.

11/08/2005 6:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really enjoy your blog. Very very funny. Does it bug you at all that you are often given advice or testimonials in response to your entries? Just curious.
Please keep up the good work.

11/08/2005 7:02 PM  
Blogger hobbes said...

yeah but dude - she doesn't need to get out of bed to go pee. How bad can it be?

11/08/2005 8:22 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Can I just say I LOVE your blog?? My daughter was born May 4, and so is going thru EXACTLY what your daughter goes thru. She's been waking up every couple of hours now also. VERY frusterating, especially since I'm a single parent for now (hubby's out to sea). Keep up the good work!!

11/08/2005 8:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Now that you mention it, that would be kind of creepy.

11/08/2005 10:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hyland's teething tablets, they are completely harmless and all natural and work really well and you don't have to feel like you're drugging her in case she's actually not teething, otherwise I'd go for baby advil instead of Tylenol because it lasts longer! Good Luck!

11/08/2005 11:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My husband thinks she may be looking for car keys or contacts.

11/08/2005 11:54 PM  
Anonymous lil said...

Picking up her food supply. That's all she's doing. Feed her some cereal right before bed. She should sleep well unless she's sick.

11/09/2005 1:50 PM  
Anonymous Jodes said...

baby nice guy is at the age that her sleep patterns are shifting from the infant stage to a more 'normal people' vibe. i am certainly not suggesting that you do the ferber method but read what he has to say about sleep cycles. it has some good info. and they have it at the barnes and noble right near that train table.

11/09/2005 5:20 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

she's just getting even for you not defending her honor in the asshole vs. nose event

11/09/2005 8:11 PM  
Anonymous Heather said...

NOOOOOOO! That sucks for you and now you've got me scared that my little sleeping angel's gonna do it too. Oh crap.

11/11/2005 12:03 AM  

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