Shauna - posted on 03/19/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )
My daughter (9 months old) is normally great at getting to sleep at night. In fact, she'll sleep for a long time. Since she was born, she's been very good at sleeping all night through when she's put to bed. However, she's recently started this trend of waking up at 3 or 4 AM and then wanting to play for a couple of hours (and crying/freaking out if she is put in her play pen by herself, because of course, she wants to play with Mom by pulling my hair, crawling on me, etc), but then she'll go right back to sleep and usually sleeps pretty well into later in the morning after that.
I am at my wit's end. I want to have time for myself, and that usually means getting stuff done while she's sleeping earlier in the evening (at like 8-10PM) and then going to bed, but if she keeps waking me up like this, I'm going to go nuts! We are co-sleeping, but that's unavoidable because I am still breastfeeding and we live in a 1 bedroom apartment, so even if she was put in her crib, it won't cancel out her noise/fussing at night, so I'd still be going sleepless.
Once again, this isn't a normal thing for her, so I'm thinking teething pain or something? But other than her squealing with joy and excited that she can crawl around and pull everything all over the floor, she's not seemingly sick or weird acting. So help! What do I do?