Four Pillars of a Bad Night’s Sleep

Avery is sick. She is teething. She seems to be going through the 8 month sleep regression, and the 3-to-2 per day nap transition. We haven’t slept in days. 

The Sick

I think she must have gotten sick from the Tylenol dropper… Is that possible? We gave it to her last time she was sick, and let her suck on the dropper. In a tired haze, I put it back in the bottle without washing it. Last week we used the Tylenol again for a bad bout of teething. Now she is a Cranky Pants Sicky McGee. Her nose is a faucet and she wakes every 15 minutes because she can’t breathe/is uncomfortable. She’s in our bed again for the duration of the cold, but I spend most of the night sitting up with her because being upright helps her breathing. 

The Teething

She has been working on FIVE new teeth and two have fully broken through in the time she’s been sick. Her upper central incisors have been black and blue with bruising and one has finally come through, one upper lateral incisor has cut through and for once doesn’t seem to be receding back into the gum again, and I can see white points under the gums at both lower lateral incisors. 

The 8 Month Sleep Regression 

Before she got sick (for about a week and a half now) she started getting harder to put down in the crib again. Our 15 minute bedtime routine has returned to a 2 hour bedtime routine and I have once again lost my evenings. She wakes every 45 minutes again. We’ve been surviving and waiting for it to pass, but with the sick/teething drama it’s been harder to deal with. 

The Nap Transition 

Avery has always been a high sleep needs baby, and she has also always been a good daytime napper (although I’ve always let her nap in the Moby Wrap or on the boob). She had been on a great schedule for a couple of months: 8-9, 11:30-1:30, and 4-5. I think she’s showing signs of being ready to transition to 2 naps a day. The signs are: skipping naps entirely despite us spending an hour just laying in the dark at each scheduled nap time; shorter naps, from 1-2 hours to 30 minutes; especially fighting her third nap of the day but then falling asleep on the go at 6pm, which messes up bedtime. 

I hope she feels better soon and finishes with those teeth soon. We’ve learned that we can deal with sleep struggles, but we really didn’t need the extra crap piling on to already shitty sleep. 

7 thoughts on “Four Pillars of a Bad Night’s Sleep”

  1. Ugh…I hope she beats the cold soon, gets those teeth through soon, and gets some sleep soon!! Can’t teething cause the faucet nose effect? I never realized that teeth could start to pop up and then recede until you talked about it…we just dealt with that. A week of misery, a single point of a tooth showing for about 3 weeks…now it’s nowhere to be found. We’re dealing with a cold over here too. Good times! :-/

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    1. I have also heard that teething can cause a runny nose, but both her moms are sick now too… I hope you don’t have to deal with the cold for long either!

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  2. Five teeth at once is just cruel, poor baby. I feel like nasal congestion and teething went hand and hand a lot and was miserable! Not sure if you’ve been using a humidifier, but that always helped.

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  3. Awww poor little girl. Have you tried freezing a wet wash cloth for her to chew on. It seemed to help my little out a little when we were going through something similar. All the quick healing vibes coming your way.

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    1. Yes, she LOVES the wet washcloth. I’ve been using a warm washcloth on her face to clean up all the snot and she tries to shove it in her mouth and looks disappointed when she realizes it’s a warm one.

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  4. Oh god, I’m sorry. I hope it all passes quickly.
    …thanks for the reminder about the 8 month sleep regression. I’d forgotten that was coming up. Shiiiiiiiiiiii–

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