“When you have eliminated all which is impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.” - Sherlock Holmes
So I didn't think a sleep change this drastic was even possible; silly me, I thought once Maeve learned how to do something, she could keep on doing it. I thought this restlessness was due to teething, but the internets informed me otherwise.
Welcome to what is known as the four-month sleep regression. Your daughter used to wake once a night? Try 4-5 times. She used to fall asleep fairly easily in the crib and stay asleep? Welcome back to bouncing, rocking, singing, begging, and putting the pacifier in again and again.
Last night was better, she slept till 12:30, then I let her sleep on my lap while I sat on the couch, and she woke a few times after that, but not even enough to want another bottle. She was up at 1:30, 2:30, 5, then 6 for the day. I know that sounds awful, but I got back to sleep quickly after each wake, unlike the night before, when I didn't sleep for more than 20 minutes between 1 and 6 am. You can imagine there was a lot of crying around the apartment yesterday.
The reason for the big sleep relapse is exciting, though, she's growing into more big-kid sleep patterns and making big developmental jumps that her little brain is working hard to process. She discovered her feet this week and learned to roll from tummy to back. She's also just starting to try to sit up using her stomach muscles, although I think she has a long way to go there.
So she and I will pay the sleep price for awhile, but I'm starting to adjust my brain, too. After all, very interrupted sleep is better than no sleep at all. And running low on sleep fuel doesn't make life impossible, just, well, improbable.