Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Might As Well Jump!

Jumping, that's what Evan is doing right now in his crib. It's what he almost always does before going to sleep. It can last up to 45 minutes! A while back, I posted about the sleeping habits of the older two. There was a KEY sentence in that post---"I'll talk about Kyle and Matt's...Evan's is a little different."
A little different...first, he took 10-20 minute naps when he was an infant. But, at a few months old, he was sleeping through the night. Ah yes, right on schedule. Then, when he was 6 months old, we went to Florida for a week. The first 2 nights, he slept through the night. After that, life hasn't been the same.
I've tried the technique of letting him cry...it worked for the other three, but it's doesn't have a very big impact on Evan. Part of the problem may be that because I'm working, I feel a little guilty and give in a little easier. And then sometimes I think that he's just getting back at me for working, because over the summer when I was home for about a month, his sleeping habits improved.
It does seem, though, to help a little after I let him cry it out. Usually the next night is a little better. Actually, the past couple of weeks haven't been too bad. I think he slept through the past 2 nights. A couple of months ago, he was getting up 2 or 3 times during the night...usually right after I fell back asleep.
The funny thing is that recently (with the exception of the last 2 nights), he's been waking up around 3 and happily jumping in his crib! A part of me says I should go in and tell him to stop, but the other part says, ' Well, at least he's happy.' I don't know what's going to happen when we put him in a bed.
But, you know, I really think we might be on a roll now with those 2 nights in a row...hmmm...I'm off to bed...

6 comments:

Sarah said...

We also had about 45 min to 1 hour of crib jumping every night until we started melatonin. The melatonin has helped quite a bit, especially with getting to sleep. He falls asleep now within 5-10 minutes, with nary a peep!

Jen said...

We may end up checking out melatonin. I keep thinking that eventually things will change, but he is going to be 2 1/2 in a few days!
He did not sleep through the night last night--basically up between 4 and 6.
Right now, he's up there happily jumping (20 minutes so far). He's been bringing his pjs to me when he gets that tired look on his face, but after he gets in his crib, he gets a second wind.

Holly's Mom said...

I am so lucky Holly has been sleeping well, but I am about to go to Florida, and I know the time change will screw with her.....

I guess if he is happy, he will eventually tire himself out with the jumping. I saw an Episode of "The Baby human" I think on Talking, where the little girl would play in her crib for like 45 minutes and it was her way of processing everything she experienced for the day, so perhaps jumping is his way to sort out all that input.

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Umma said...

Ah, the days of crib jumping! I too was going to suggest melatonin. It really helped us tremendously and after about a year we stopped using it b/c Monkey seemed to have really gotten on track. We still use it on nights when he's having trouble settling down but it's pretty rare.

Jen said...

The only thing that I've read about melatonin is what I've read on the blogs of others :-) I need to look into it. Because it's something our bodies already make, it's relatively harmless, right?