Help!! Need sleep! (Long)
The last 3 nights Sophia has woken up from a nap at around 8:30 PM, nurse and then want to stay up until about 11:30 PM and then she gets sleepy. She gets real fussy when she's sleepy and I've never believed in the 'crying it out' method, but I've never seen a baby that actually prefers it to go to sleep. She does it even if I'm holding her! She'll go to sleep after crying for a good 5 minutes, but the moment I move to put her down she starts screaming, I get her back to sleep either by holding her, rocking her, or nursing, try to put her down and she starts screaming again. This goes on until wee hours in the morning. One night it lasted until 3:00 AM and last night it lasted until 1:30 AM. I was having an issue with her staying asleep in her bassinet for longer than 10 minutes once I did get her down without crying, but I solved that by putting a t-shirt of mine in there so once she's good and tired she will stay asleep, but I still have the issue of her not wanting to go to sleep until early morning and I'm exhausted!!! Plus I've been having to spend all my time in the living room downstairs so she doesn't wake DH or DS. I would love nothing more than to just go to bed the same time as my family.
She has several hours of play time during the day so I don't think she's sleeping too much. I'm thinking maybe she's napping too late and that may be why she's not tired until about 11:30 so I'm going to try to keep her up. I just wish she didn't fight sleep until morning. I've thought about even swaddling her again because it seems like its my movement of me laying her down that wakes her up, but she hated being swaddled before so I don't even know if that will work. Anyone have any ideas of why she may be fighting her sleep or how to get her to stop fighting her sleep other than co-sleeping? Co-sleeping is how I've been able to get some sleep the last couple of nights since it seems like she's only content in my arms. Except last night when the t-shirt trick worked, but I don't sleep well because I'm scared I'm going to smother her and plus I'm stiff and sore in the morning because I don't move an inch. We've actually had many nights like this, but its getting consistent now and I'm feeling like I did the first couple of days after she was born. I have to fix this before I go back to work in 3 weeks or I will be a walking zombie!!