Sophie has always been good at knowing the difference between night and day. By 2 weeks old, she was able to go right back to sleep after her middle-of-the-night feedings. Before Christmas, she had cut herself down to 2 feedings a night, including 8 hours between her dinner and her first night feeding.
Over Christmas, she caught a cold, and her feedings went back to her old 'every 3 hours' for a couple weeks, but she was right back on schedule about mid-January.
Then, about 2 weeks ago, she decided she doesn't like that schedule, and she's back again to the "every 3 hours' deal. When she wakes up at 11, we try to soothe her back to sleep without a feeding, but it doesn't work. She's up to eat. There is no outward reason for her change, but we have a couple of theories.
1. She's gassy.
I'm not a believer in gas drops, but she has been so gassy lately, and it seemed like it was waking her up, so we bought gas drops. I don't see a difference in her behavior though.
2. She doesn't have the resources to put herself back to sleep if she accidentally wakes up.
This theory is 2-fold. First, she's still being swaddled at night. We've tried for about 6 weeks now to take away the swaddle, but she just hasn't been ready for it. She has a bad habit of scratching her face and head when she's tired, and so we just ended up with a scratched up baby who couldn't fall asleep. Anyway, with her arms swaddled, she's not able to suck on her hand to calm herself if she wakes up. Jake and I have committed to a one-armed swaddle during naps this week, and if all goes well, that will turn in to one-armed night swaddles too.
I miss the days of putting our baby to sleep, and knowing she'll stay that way until 2 or so. I was even working with her to limit her feedings to once a night. Now we're at 3 a night, with breakfast about 45 minutes to an hour earlier than it used to be. Is this a phase? Will she go back to how she used to be? Will she improve beyond that?