Way beyond over-tired?
I think it was the last one.. Mostly because we checked all the others off the list. And by we, I mean my husband. I took Riley into our room to try and settle her down a little, and when Mark didn't hear the screams easing up, he came in and offered to take her and give her a bath. So he did that, and my exhausted self fell asleep! And just to give you an idea of how tired I was, after Riley got out of the bath, she started crying again, and didn't stop for the next hour, and I didn't even wake up... Me. The person who wakes up to Riley's little grunts, or to any movement Mark makes at night. I slept for an hour with "screaming baby" as background noise. And apparently while I slept, Mark was doin' it all... changed her, rocked her, wrapped her in blankets, snuggled her, tried some alone time, tried the swing, moved into a dark and quiet room, and on and on. And finally, he popped the little screamer into her car seat, and took her for a ride. And his reward... silence. That is, until he came home, and brought her inside. Commence screaming. This is about when I woke up, totally oblivious to the happenings of the past hour.
Anyway, this was about 6pm, for the next 2 hours we alternated between feeding her, some quiet awake time, some screaming bloody murder time, and the tiniest bits of sleep in which I warned and threatened Mark not to make a sound, not to even move, so as not to wake the baby. I think he learned to lip read, since the TV volume was so low. Anyway, by about 7:45, enough was enough, and I brought her into bed. I wasn't even going to attempt getting her to sleep on her own. Desperate times, ya know? Anyway, got her half swaddled the way she likes, and we read The Little Mermaid, laid down in bed, and BAM. She was out cold. For the NEXT FOUR HOURS. Not a peep came out of her, barely even a movement. She woke at midnight for a bottle, then slept from 1am to 4:15, ate again, slept 5 to 8. Aaaand the happy baby has returned! Clearly she was just way too overtired! That's the worst one and hardest ro fix, because an overtired baby is extra hard to get to sleep (seems counter intuitive, doesn't it...)
Anywho, moral of the story?? My husband rules for letting me sleep through the worst of it. And try to avoid over-tiredness when possible (easier said than done).
Baby is sleeping again (yay) so check back later for some pictures!