Remember the previously mentioned growth spurt? The one that caused Olivia to start waking after six hours of nighttime sleep, then five, then four? Well, she now rarely sleeps more than three hours at a time before waking. Even at night. And I am beside myself.
I honestly think it is affecting us both. I know it is affecting my ability to concentrate and focus (which is extremely inconvenient when I have just 8 working days left to train my replacement before SAHM...and I kind of need to be awake for those days). But I'm more concerned that sleeping short stretches might affect Olivia's neural development. I think she's been grumpier lately, too, which isn't helping either of us.
So, here's my question, internet. When is it OK to start adding rice cereal to baby's diet? Does this help them sleep longer? I am convinced that her sleep interruption is due to being hungry because of the growth spurt, and not because she's startled or anything. She's just SO hungry. She'll be 15 weeks old on Monday, and I'd love some advice from some moms who have been there.
Sorry about the complaint session. I know I've been extremely blessed thus far to have a baby who sleeps. But this 3-hours-to-waking has been going on for four straight days, and I'd just like to find a way that we can both get a few more consecutive hours. Any recommendations?
On another note, some of Olivia's three-month photos have been posted at our photo blog. Here's one to tide you over until you get there.
If you think I look sleepy, you should see Mom! This photo shoot thing wore me out!!