Up until three nights ago, we had a nice little nighttime routine in our house. Miss M. was delightfully cooperative, and she would eat, have her diaper changed, then fall asleep for a nice 2.5 to 4 hour chunk of time. This was no light sleep, either, but a deliciously deep slumber that even allowed us to vacuum next to her without causing her to stir. She'd awaken somewhere around 11, 2, and 5, and I would end up reasonably refreshed from the chunks of sleep I got. Happily, she also took at least one nap during the day of equal quality and duration, allowing me to nap, too.
It all came crashing down. For the last three nights (and days), she has been sleeping for no more than 45 minutes at a time. After that, she becomes fussy and whines and fidgets in her bassinet. She is not quite awake when she does this, but it's impossible for us to sleep through. The only thing that makes her stop is picking her up. She no longer seems to fall into that nice, heavy sleep we used to so enjoy, even after we picj her up. And if we don't pick her up, her fussy whining becomes a full-blown meltdown of epic proportions.
I have no idea what happened. But, Ikd like to sleep for more than 45 minutes at a time, and I can't keep picking her up and holding her, as -'m getting so tired that I'm afraid I'll fall asleep while holding her (our bed, due to the mattress and bedding, isn't the ideal environment for a baby). I know it's been a full moon, and I'm hoping maybe that's the problem. But, any other suggestions out there?