When Punky was just 4 months old her Doctor said she should not be waking up in the middle of the night for a bottle, yet she was waking up once or twice, and was so hungry that I could actually hear her stomach growling. Part of my solution for that was to start feeding her more solids, but I also realized that she was falling asleep around 6pm, so when she was waking up at 11pm or midnight, she was sleeping for 6 straight hours. And, if you check any number of baby websites, they will tell you that sleeping 6 straight hours constitutes 'sleeping through the night'. But, still, when Mom and Dad are going to sleep at 10pm or later, then waking up at midnight and then again at 5am to feed the baby, it seems the complete opposite of sleeping through the night.
And all that 'sleeping through the night' causes extreme exhaustion in parents which leads to lower patience with the other offspring, eyes lugging around dark bags and probably sporting some redness, and possibilities of hallucinations and/or general insanity. It's probably a miracle that more of these sleep-deprived parents aren't accused of being addicted to drugs. If you've been there or are there right now you know exactly what I'm talking about. If you are heading in that direction, beware!
Anyway, our little Punky is 8 months old and recently started to do what I consider 'sleeping through the night'. When I say this I mean that she goes to bed around 6:30 or 7:30 (depending on how much she napped) and then does not wake up until 5:30am or later. We had been struggling with her because it seemed like she was waking up and drinking a little, but she would go right back to sleep. It was like something was wrong, but her diapers were clean, she wasn't sick or fussy.
So one night Woody seemed to think she was cold and that was causing her to wake up. It didn't seem like it since it's so warm where we live, but I gave it a shot since there was nothing else we could think of. So, I went out the next day and bought a little fleece wearable blanket thing to put over her pajamas, and suddenly she was happy as a clam and not waking up during the night!!! At first I thought it was just coincidence, but it has been 5 or 6 nights already and it has continued. I've probably jinxed myself now that I've shared this publicly, but there's just nothing quite like the joy of a parent when she can finally get some uninterrupted sleep more than one night in a row, and without the aid of earplugs!!
And, it's funny how my two daughters are so different. My little Viking Princess NEVER gets cold it seems, and now the baby needs to be practically smothered in sweat to be content. I don't really care as long as I get a little beauty sleep. Yep, that's right - beauty sleep. There's nothing better for skin, fighting colds and just general health than good solid sleep. And, we all know that no one (especially parents who also have jobs as teachers who deal with kids, kids and kids all day) is pleasant to be around when they are suffering from a case of the 'up all nights'!!