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Week 19
~ Please Sleep, Please!

This week has been terrible. Hannah has suddenly decided that she isn't going to sleep. Last week she started having trouble sleeping. She would wake up in the middle of the night screaming. When I went in to her room she was sobbing and heaving and having trouble catching her breath. I would rock her and sing to her and put her back to bed till morning. This happened for a few nights, then she stopped laying down for naps. She would scream any time I tried to put her down for a nap. So I foolishly started letting her lay in our bed and watch a Baby Einstein movie as she rested or while she napped. Then a few days after that she refused to go to her bed period. At night and during the day any time we got close to her crib she would get weepy and then start screaming. I tried sitting in her room with her till she fell asleep but she would wake up in the middle of the night screaming again. I did the only thing I could to help save my sanity . . . I brought her into bed with us.

It's now been 6 days and Sean is sleeping in the guest room and Hannah and I have taken over the bed. Hannah still has trouble sleeping and often won't go to sleep till close to midnight, she still wakes up twice a night and she won't take naps. I am so exhausted at this point and I don't know what to do. I don't know what is causing her anxiety and I don't know how to get her back into her bed. I've tried leaving on the lights, letting her sleep with the door open, trying her in the pack n' play in our room, rocking her to sleep and sitting in her room with her. She still won't go near her crib with out screaming. I think I am going to try sleeping with her on a mattress in her room and slowly move her into her crib. If I can't get her into her crib I may try her in a toddler bed. I don't know what has brought on this sudden fear or how to deal with it but we're doing the best we can. Hannah and I are both exhausted and I'm hoping this fear leaves as quickly as it came.

I started physical therapy with my new therapist this week. I really like her. She explains everything she does and talks with me about what I can do to help things along. I'm going to be going back into the pool along with the land therapy next week. My only complaint is that I am on more restrictions than before and they are pretty hard to follow. I'm still not allowed to vacuum or carry heavy things, including Hannah. My new restrictions include not going up and down stairs (hard when you have a 2 story house and the laundry room is in the basement), not bending or twisting (i.e. No mopping the floor or emptying the dishwasher), no standing for long periods of time and no stepping over things. Sean has been working long hours and I was already having trouble keeping up with the house work, now it's a nightmare.

There has been one very bright spot in all the chaos this week . . . Sean and I are going on vacation in February. I have been wanting to go on a vacation for a while. Sean and I have talked about it off and on but there never seemed to be the time or money. Lately Sean has been putting in a lot of hours at work so I didn't think we'd be able to get away before the baby came. I'm certainly glad I was wrong. We're going to be going on a 4 day Caribbean cruise, WITHOUT Hannah. I love her very much but I am looking forward to getting away without her and having time just with Sean. My mom has offered to come down to our house to watch Hannah while we are gone. This is a great opportunity for Sean and I to have some time together and for Hannah to be with my mom.

- Stacie

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