After we got to TX, Baby Boy stopped sleeping through the night. He’s been sleeping through the night since Thanksgiving. And by sleeping through the night, I mean 8 pm – 7:30 am. Since October he had been sleeping from 8 pm – 4 am ish, eating, then going straight back to sleep before waking again at 7 – 7:30 am. I have been so spoiled! He also is a great napper. Usually naps from 9-11am, then again from 1-4pm. Once we got to TX, he was a horrible sleeper. I chalked it up to being in a new place with new people. However, the week and a half before we left WA, all 3 of us had had a cold, so he was waking a bit in the night then too, but only to fuss a few seconds before shifting positions and falling back to sleep. That I attributed to having a cold. The week and a half after we arrived, he would wake up several times in the night, fuss a lot during the day, and take short 20-40 minute naps. He also started spitting up again. By his 6 month check-up, his spit-up was more like droplets than puddles. After getting TX, we had puddles again. (Sorry about your shirt, Phyllis.)
I tried all kinds of “experiments” to see what was wrong. What did finally work was cutting out solids. After 1 day of cutting out solids, he was back to sleeping all night and happy all day. I’m planning to take a few days (or longer if needed) off solids before starting back at a much slower rate. Our pediatrician had told us to start with cereal and green veggies 2-3 times a day, and to introduce a new food every 4 days. I think we’re going to start back up with smaller amounts of food once a day, and introduce a new food after 1 week. At this age, solids are still just “practice” and not his primary source of nutrition. Hopefully this change makes it easier on his tummy.
When he was having his sleep/tummy troubles, I was able to get the best sleep with him right next to me. I’m not a big fan of having Baby Boy sleep in our bed because of the blankets that can be pulled over his face or fluffy pillows. Below is a picture I texted John of Baby Boy sleeping sweetly in the bed along with that night’s difficulties.