And the record is...13 hours. My 5 week old girl kept herself awake today for 13 straight hours. Apart from 3 catnaps of less than 30 minutes, she was awake from 9:30 this morning until 10:30 tonight. She continues to be a superstar with her night time sleep habits, but has lately been demonstrating lengthy periods of wakefulness during the day. I love being with her when she is awake, but her awake-and-happy limit ends at about 4-5 hours. After that, her fussy-meter bumps up a notch or two...or eight. As you can imagine, 13 hours means that the last several hours entailed a nice combination of eating and crying, eating and crying, eating and crying. Around 9:30 (when we were both worn out from all the eating and crying), I rocked her in the dark and quiet of her nursery for almost an hour, assuming that there was no way she could sustain her sleep strike in that setting. She was calm and quiet the whole time. The repetitive motion was making me more and more drowsy, but each time I looked down at her, her eyes were wide open. It was ridiculous! Finally, at 10:30 (which is often her last feeding of the day), she ate one last time and fell fast asleep.
I'm not sure how to interpret this behavior. Stubborn willfullness? Faulty internal clock? Fear of missing something really exciting (which is a very legitimate fear living in Eureka)? Competitiveness (since 2 year old cousin, Elliott, skipped his nap today)? Not wanting to miss one second of her quality time with me? Whatever the reason, here's hoping that reaching 13 hours satisfies whatever goal she had in mind. I don't know if either of us can handle a repeat performance.