Friday, October 16, 2009
FIVE MONTHS OF SLEEPLESS NIGHTS
How can a Mother Love their baby so much one moment, and "hate" their baby almost equally another moment? I'll tell you how. It only has two words to describe it. DAY and NIGHT. Pretty much a Dr. Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde effect. My baby is now inching toward Five months old and I am MORE than ready for him to give me a good night sleep! Everyone says its the "parents job" to determine their baby's sleep schedule, but that is NOT the case in this house. My girls were sleepers! They loved it! They loved their binkies, and they were sleeping 12 hour nights by 6 months. Logan on the other hand, loves to eat more than sleeping. I've tried the "rice cereal thing" before bed....oh no....he can't stand the stuff! I've put it in is bottle, and the second he realizes what it is, he makes a sour face and spits it out. Not to mention, it did NOT help him sleep longer. He loves his binkie, but when he wants to eat, it does not pacify. I'm trying to be a trooper and just be tough. I know this won't go on forever, but when you haven't had a good night sleep in 5months (not including the last couple months of pregnancy), it begins to wear on you. I end up getting up with him at least Three times a night. I was taking Tylenol PM before I go to bed, so that when he woke me up, I could go back to sleep. I quit doing that because the Tylenol could have bad effects on your liver. Anyway, last night I broke! He won't go to sleep till 9:30. So Alex and I went to bed around 10. Logan was fussing around 12:30am. I gave him his Nuk and went back to bed. At 1:40...again... the nuk. At 2...I gave up and fed him while dreaming of "drop kicking him". (Sorry but true). Then after bawling to Alex on how tired I was, I think I finally fell back asleep around 3. 5:30ish, Alex is up for work. 6:20ish, Logan is fussing again. I give him the nuk and crawl back in bed. By this time I am exhausted. 7:15, alarm clock, time to get Dejah ready for school. The day is officially started. 8:00, off to school then back to feed Logan (again), and get Mycah breakfast. After that I either Blog or shower. Etc...etc... Oh, the pain. I just needed to complain a bit. If you have any Magic recipe on getting baby's to sleep, I am all ears. Also I need a vote. Do I take his Nuk away now and make him learn how to self soothe at night by making him cry, or do I keep doing the Nuk thing until he learns how to put it back in his own mouth?
Posted by Anna Beal at 8:40 AM