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It’s because I’m awesome

Prior to mommyhood, I never gave sleep a second thought. I never really needed a whole lot. Even as a teenager I wasn’t one to sleep in until all hours of the day on a regular basis. But now, I realize just what a precious thing sleep is.

At six months old my little darling still is not sleeping through the night. She’ll give me three and half to five hours of sleep in a row but that’s about it, and even that isn’t on a regular basis. Sleep has been the topic of many conversations at my play dates and mommy groups and everyone seems to have a different opinion of what it is that gets a child to sleep through the night.

“They’ll do it when they are ready,” say some. “They need to learn to self sooth,” say others. Pick them up, don’t pick them up,  let them cry, don’t let them cry, don’t rock, do swaddle –anyone who’s ever had a baby seems to have a book about how to put your kid to sleep. (And I feel like I’ve read them all.)

What I’ve learned is, each of these “proven” techniques don’t work on every baby and it’s also not my fault she isn’t sleeping. I’ve come to the conclusion that yes, I can help her  by making sure she’s fed, is dry, and has the right environment but I can’t actually make her stay asleep. That part is up to her.

Some parents are lucky and their kids seem to figure it out early on. Other parents have to go a while longer before they are getting a full night of shut eye. If you’re in my camp, I just drum it up to the fact that my kid loves me so much she just wants to hang out with me all night long. I guess I’m just that awesome. 🙂

Sleep Interrupted

I’ve been a bit MIA lately, I have no other excuse other than I’ve been tired. I found this little cartoon that explains it perfectly.

My four month old baby has reverted to her newborn sleeping habits — up every two to three hours in the night wanting to eat. Gone are the days when she went four and five hours between feedings. She also doesn’t nap for longer than 30 minutes during the day. She might take three cat naps, if I am lucky. We’re working on adjusting her bedtime routine and getting into a better nap routine but so far, no luck.

She gave me a little tease about a week ago and slept for five hours, but it seems that was only due to her vaccines.

I knew when I got pregnant that uninterrupted sleep would soon be a thing of the past, I just wish someone would have told me sleep during pregnancy is really training for motherhood. I may have been better prepared. All those nights I had to get up two and three times to run to the washroom, now I’m doing the same thing but running to a different room.

I also wish that someone would have mentioned how I would lose patience for people who choose to stay up all night and then complain about the lack of sleep they get. What I wouldn’t give to “only” get six hours of sleep in a row. Yes, I know, I chose to have a baby and therefore have to take the good with the not so awesome but still, its hard not to be slightly envious of those who get the opportunity to sleep uninterrupted. (Okay, rant over.)

I know this will pass but the light at the end of this tunnel is dim right now.

 

 

 

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