Thursday, May 26, 2011

Midnight Car Rides

This commercial became reality for us last night...well, not the driving through McDonald's part - but the "we'll do anything to help you stop crying after 3 hours" part.

We're not sure what's going on - but the last few nights, Evelyn has started scream-crying from about 10pm-3am almost non-stop. We'll get her calmed down and seemingly asleep, only to have her wake up 10 minutes later and at it again. It breaks my heart because I don't know what to do for her.

The car ride did work, she fell asleep (as did Mommy sitting with her in the back seat)...but woke up again about 10 minutes after we got home. She finally snuggled up with Daddy on the recliner and sort of slept after that - then was her normal, happy, content eating-playing-sleeping self when he brought her in at 5am to feed. She's been a pretty easy baby during the days, but for some reason isn't a big fan of 10pm-3am. I think she misses her Grammie (Grammie took this shift a lot while she was here). The good thing (for me) is that she always sleeps like a baby (such an ironic phrase...) after that feeding for about 4 hours. Unfortunately for Dan, he has to get up and head in to work. My Mom helped to take on one of the mid-night shifts while she was here so Dan could sleep, but last night was our first night Grammie-less. I am so blessed to have a husband who shoulders this with me, even though he can't be sleeping with her during the day (which I need to get better at doing...aka, quit blogging!).

Will you pray that we will have discernment in how to respond to and meet whatever needs she is having that are bringing this on? I hate seeing her cry so violently! I know that newborns just take some time to figure eating/sleeping out, so hopefully she's doing just that!


  1. Try some "white noise". If you've got the bassinet in your room, turn on the bathroom fan and put her near the bathroom door. Almost anything is worth a try. We had a rough time with Chloe too. Don't worry, she slept through the night after she turned one. :-) I'm sure things will get better with Evelyn! I'll be praying for all three of you to get some rest.

  2. Do you have a swing? She might just like the motion. Kiana loved the swing and it took WEEKS to even think of it. It will get easier and all of you will get more sleep! When she wakes up screaming, is she kind of stiff as a board? Could be some gas moving through that belly causing any gas drops or gripe water? I found out the hard way that tomatoes of all things caused Kiana HORRIBLE gas and she screamed nonstop about that time of night and there seemed to be no reason why. Was very frustrating and I felt pretty helpless while trying to figure out what this happy, easy baby was needing and why she was screaming.

  3. That is adorable...and for some reason, made me cry. :)