|Mia in her Bjorn bouncer, napping|
Since last Thursday (Dec 2), whenever I'm trying to put her to bed in the morning hours, Mia seems to be fighting with me a lot. That was the first day she was awake for almost 10 hours in the morning. Now it seems she is not only fighting each time I'm trying to put her to bed, she's also fighting each time I try to feed her. Earlier she would drink at least 100 ml straight up, have a play then drink the rest of her milk and go off to sleep (say 180-240 ml in all). Now she drinks say 40-60 ml and then fights, fights, fights if I try to feed her more.
BUT, when she is awake, she seems pretty happy and does not cry. As in the only time she throws a complete fit -- crying, arching back, tears, LOTS of screaming, body-going-rigid -- is WHEN I try to give her more milk once she's drank some (and spat out the bottle). In fact if I even show her the bottle -- and she doesn't want to drink -- she starts grizzling. The moment I put her down or hide the bottle, she starts smiling or babbling and is generally happy. She does finish her feed but instead of her usual patten of eat-play-eat-sleep, she now spreads it out over two hours, without any sleep at the end of it. I don't know what's happening.
Mia will be five months on Dec 17th. Is she big enough to skip morning sleep? Should I stop trying to put her to bed in the morning/afternoon? Will that not overtire her? Is she under-feeding? While she fights in the morning, at night she has her feed and goes to bed with little fighting...and then sleeps for 8-10 hours. Is that all the sleep she needs? Am I getting unnecessarily worked up? Mia's also teething (front two little toothies coming out) and touches/pulls her right ear a lot, even while asleep. She's also started drooling a fair bit and chews on her right index finger.
Is the no-sleep-food-fight behaviour because of teething? I am using a bit of Bonjela teething gel, is there anything else I can use/do? Any of you who have undergone something similar or have any suggestions on what I could do, please share, it would be much appreciated.
PS: To the hour, she's up. I looked at her, she smiled and then blew raspberries at me. Sigh.