Two years ago, we were beginning our exit from molar pregnancy hell. Jen’s beta was finally zero, and we were making plans to start trying again–doctor recommendations be damned.
This week we are having a very different molar struggle. Involving the ones in Natalie’s mouth. Or, not quite in, which would be the problem.
Jen and I are on Spring Break this week. We decided last month during one of our perennial discussions regarding the state of sleep in our house that this would be a good week to make some changes. Since we have no classes of children to be responsible for by day, being a little more sleep deprived than usual would be OK. And naps might be possible. So we made our plan. Weeks of one bug or another had gotten Natalie into the habit of waking numerous times a night to nurse. We decided that this week (starting last Friday night, actually) we would night wean. We expected it would be hard, and would involve some tears, but they’d be tears while we rocked her, comforted her, etc. And they’d pass and, voila!, we’d have a girl who could sleep through the night. Heh.
The night weaning was a snap. Natalie has gone 5-7 hours without nursing overnight every night since Friday. However, the SLEEPING? That’s been crap.
On our best night since Friday, she only woke every hour. Other nights, it’s been more like every 15-30 minutes. The waking seems to be limited to the 12-5 range, but really, that’s the worst part of the night, as far as I’m concerned. And she’s not desperate to nurse. It’s been weird–they’re different from her “I want to nurse” wakings, and she needs very little help resettling, but just.keeps.waking.up. We knew her molars were coming in, but she’d been fine during the days and we’d been giving her tylenol before bed, so we figured we were just royally screwing up the sleep thing, and began to scold ourselves appropriately. Until I stuck my finger in her mouth this morning to see how the molars were progressing. And Natalie let out a yelp and began to cry. Oh.
So tonight is homeopathy night. And I’ve set up a mat on her floor where I can cosleep with her if need be.
We sure hope this molar madness resolves a hell of a lot more quickly than the last one. And that the results are as good.