Doesn't that just make you forget all your troubles??
In the past month we have at least gone from awake & crying all night to just awake and playing all night. Only problem is, he doesn't want to play by himself quietly in the crib--I mean who would, right?? So Gene and I have been taking turns at night staying up with him. By no means are we encouraging this behavior. We are not up singing nursery rhymes and playing pattycake, mind you. It is lights out, entertain yourself with this rattle tied to the side of the crib business. However, a baby can only entertain himself like that for about 3 minutes before he drops it and forgets it ever existed. Then he once again finds himself alone, in the dark, in his crib with only the dalmations on his mobile for company. For example, just last night, he was awake from 11:00 pm until 4:00 am. I think he is averaging about six hours of sleep a night--not necessarily six consecutive hours either.
By the way--he is nearly FIVE MONTHS OLD!!
This is way to old to be acting like this! We have tried everything we can think of. I don't know what to do at this point except wait it out and keep reminding ourselves that it won't last forever. I just hope he will get some of the great sleep habits Luke has. For now we just take turns and swap shifts every night. I think in April he slept well (read this: was asleep by 10 pm and woke only once for a brief feeding) three times. These nights are so rare that I am actually marking them down in his baby book calendar.
Okay, enough about his sleeping habits.
My genius baby is a mover and a shaker. Since he has so much awake time, he has had plenty of time to work on his motor development. He was rolling over one way at two months, and right at four months he started rolling over both ways. He loves to stand up (with help, of course) and loves to be talked to.
He still loves bath time. He L-O-V-E-S the TV. I try to keep him from the TV but he will wiggle and arch and roll around and whine until he can see it.
He is so strong! All the fussing and fighting he has done in his little life has really built up his muscles. When he gets mad, you had better watch out! He can arch his back, swing his fists, head-butt, and dig his toes in to your belly.
He is happy to sit up in his bumbo chair and watch the world going on around him.