However, every couple of nights she will wake at about 1:30 and I cannot get her back to sleep for hours. Given she is 8 months old I would have no problem doing some controlled crying, except that she doesn't cry. She basically just sucks her thumb and 'talks' in this loud monotone for ages and ages. Eventually (after about 20 minutes) she does get upset and I go in, and the second I put my hands on her she's quiet. I leave the room, and 10 minutes later the monotone starts up again.
Because of the huge time gaps between her actually getting upset and me going in, we are both awake for hours. I know she's not hungry, and if I do cave in and BF then she feeds poorly and wakes up three hours later thinking it's morning and is a nightmare all day because she's so tired. I keep thinking she'll get the idea because I don't rock or pat her to sleep or anything, but she's been doing this for months now with no signs of stopping.
Has anyone had this happen? Any advice? I am absolutely wrecked, and just don't know how to train her into either falling asleep again or not waking up at all!