Thea at 3 1/2 months
At 3 1/2 months, our sweet girl is now up to 12 pounds, 6 ounces and measures in at 24 1/2 inches long. She's still in the 50th percentile for weight and the 90th percentile for height. She's learning lots of new tricks, including assisted standing and lifting her head up. We have entire conversations of baby babble, and Thea smiles and laughs the entire time. In fact, this these three things are what she wants to do pretty much all the time.
Yes, all the time. Instead of sleeping.
Over the past two weeks, her daytime sleep has pretty much disappeared. I'm not exactly sure what happened. She had been sleeping just fine, usually in her pack-n-play. I tried to start having her nap in her crib, and it went great for a few days. After a few minutes, she fell asleep easily, and slept soundly for several hours. And then, something clicked, and she has fought sleep wildly ever since.
At this point, both day and night, she will pretty much only sleep while being held. As soon as she is put down, she wakes up and won't settle back down again. I have been able to get her to fall asleep on her own, but she wakes herself up every 15 minutes or so. She doesn't want to be swaddled, but she still has this jerk reflex that kicks in every few minutes and wakes her up. She is addicted to her pacifier and freaks out when it falls out of her mouth. She's not satisfied sucking on her hand and can't seem to find her thumb very well. By the end of the day, her eyes are red, she's very irritable, and she is obviously over-stimulated and sleep deprived. And now it's even harder to get her to fall asleep at night - usually, she won't fall asleep until 10 or 11 pm. We tried tonight to get her to go down earlier (starting at 6:30 pm), with no success. She was so close to falling asleep, but fought it for three hours.
I want my girl to get the sleep she obviously needs so very badly, but I'm not sure what else to do. Although John is willing to try it, I can't bear to let her cry it out.
Any advice is welcomed. Please.