DS decided to get up at 4 am today. Technically 3:45, if you count the fitful nursing/not nursing, dosing/jerking awake process he goes through every time he decides to get up for the day. I noticed he'd leaked through his diaper (user error; you'd think at 4 months I'd remember to point it down, lol), so I kept it dark, using only my cell phone for light to change him and take off his sleeper. Then I HAD to pee, so I left him on the bed, in the dark, while I did that (still not turning any lights on). I come back and start rocking, bouncing and shushing, which usually does the trick when he's ready to sleep, which I judge mostly by how willing he is to lay his head down. Well, by this time, laying his head down is NOT something he wanted to do, despite the fact that it's pitch black and 4 in the freaking morning. He kept looking all around, craning his neck, and cooing like he is WIDE awake. And I'm having a hot flash and now sweating that will only end once I'm able to stop moving or remove the hot-natured baby from my chest. So, after about 10 minutes, I gave up.
We're "up for the day", and he's working on his morning poop. I'm pretty sure every nap here on out will be ~45 minutes. Oh, well.
I'm just wondering... would you have given up so soon, or would you have kept trying to get LO to sleep? How does everyone else deal with these obnoxious symptoms of the 4 month wakeful? Do you tough it out, or give up (like me)?