Funny topic, I know, but it happened last night. I put Cubby to sleep and after an hour she was already up and making noise in her crib. She wasn’t exactly crying, but whining and making her Chewbacca noises. I thought it was funny as she usually sleeps for at least 3 hours before waking up for a feed. I had my husband go and pick her up and rock her back to sleep. After an hour, she was up making noise again. I was extremely tired again so I tried to ignore her noises, thinking that she would put herself back to sleep.
I ended up falling asleep and was awoken at 4 am by some light cries coming through the monitor. I went downstairs and picked Cubby up out of her crib and got her in the feeding position. I was half asleep with my eyes closed; but I could smell a foul odour coming from Cubby. A stinky stench was coming from her diaper.. a stinky stench that could only come from a poop after eating solid foods! I thought “what should I do?” Do I let her go back to sleep knowing she has a diaper full of poop or do I wake her up and change her? I wanted her to sleep but I thought that she may have been uncomfortable in her full poopy diaper and perhaps that was why she was awake so many times earlier in the night. I debated and debated and then decided, I was going to change her diaper. How would I like to sleep the rest of the night in a diaper full of poop?
I took her upstairs to my room and turned on the dimmest light that I could and put her on the changing pad. She still had her eyes closed, but she was making noises that sounded like she was getting annoyed. I unzipped her sleeper and took off her diaper. She awoke fully and started howling and kicking. She was twisting and turning and I was trying hard to keep her still so I would not get poop all over my bed! She was screaming at the top of her lungs as I had disturbed her sleep, but I kept thinking that she would feel better in a fresh clean diaper. It took extra long to change her diaper as she was really unhappy with me for waking her up.
I took her downstairs back to her nursery and turned off all of the lights. I rocked her and rocked her, patting her on the back and bouncing her to try to get her back to sleep. Every time I put her into her crib and tried to walk away, I saw her big eyes staring at me and she would start to whimper. This went on for about 45 minutes. I finally got her to sleep only to return to my bed upstairs at 5:15 am. I was exhausted and now I would have one more bout of 3 hours of sleep before she would wake up for good.
Needless to say, I’ve been exhausted all day today. I tried to take a nap when she did, but I felt like there was too much to do. The kitchen was an absolute mess and I was tripping over her toys everywhere. I spent an hour cleaning up, a half hour making my lunch and eating and then took a quick shower and she was up again. Now it’s 11 pm and I’m ready to start the cycle all over again. She has been sleeping for about 2 hours. Let’s hope she sleeps through most of the night tonight and there are no more poops (hopefully she got it out as she has pooped 4 times in the past 24 hours!).
So the question remains, night time poops: to change or not to change? What do you guys think?