I had no idea what was going on though....the first thing we thought was teething because of the hot red cheeks. But Penny is just too overtired, she just doesn't want to sleep. There was no napping in the day even. What I learned from reading about sleep regression is that she just can't shut that little brain of hers down, she is going through a developmental milestone trying to process all that information and experiences from the day. All she can get through is one sleep cycle at a time (45-90 minutes) and then needs my help to get back down. Good thing it doesn't take long just a quick snuggle or nurse but it still means an interrupted sleep all night. And to think I was trying to do this for 3 nights while "sleep training", running back and forth to the crib.....not smart. Now that she is back in bed with us, the nights are a little more peaceful and less stressful. So hopefully this doesn't last too long, from what I've read it is supposed to be only 2-3 weeks.
Since discovering what was actually going on, we are on a strict bedtime routine. 7:00pm at the latest we are in quiet play mode with the lights dim and the t.v. off. It has seemed to help a bit, only time will improve her habits even further. The only way out of this stage is through it!
Until the next regression at 9 months.......