I went to a mom’s meetup group the other day and we got to talking about sleeping. Our sleeping and our babies sleeping and how as theirs changes so does ours. It seemed like back in the newborn days when we were up every 1.5-2 hours to feed that I got so much more sleep or at least felt so much more rested. As time went on and Edith began to sleep longer it got so much harder to get up for nightly feedings but as time went on my body adjusted and it got better. However now whenever we have a bad night (or week) and by bad night I mean up every 1.5-2.5 hours I feel like death in the morning.
For example last night I went to bed early, like 8:30pm early. Edith had gone down to bed around 7:30pm and then she was up again at 10:30pm and then 12:40am and then 2am and then 3:15am when she finally decided that she really didn’t want to sleep any longer. I went in and nursed her until she was clearly just wanted the boob in her mouth. Neil then took his turn and came in and rocked her but she just refused to go back to sleep.
While Neil was rocking her I could hear the squeak of the rocking chair (reminder: Neil you need to look into that) and then you could hear the tired babble of Edith. Needless to say I wasn’t going back to sleep right then. After about 20 minutes (4am by that time) I decided to go check on things and ultimately we brought Edith to bed with us where she ended up comfort nursing for 45 minutes. Since I wasn’t getting any sleep and Edith just wanted to comfort nurse I decided to get up with her. When she was a newborn this would have barely phased me. Now it’s 3pm and I’m dying because for some reason I gave up caffeinated coffee, however at this point I either need a nap or caffeine if I want to make it to 8pm.
Anyways the whole point of this rambling post was that the whole sleep deprivation thing was way easier (for me) from 0-4 months than 4-8 months. Edith is far from sleeping through the night and that is fine with me I just hope that the every 1-2.5 hour wake up phase is going to end soon. I also miss the whole sleep when the baby sleep thing…that just doesn’t happen anymore during the day.
What are your thoughts on sleeping? How has (or hasn’t) your sleep changed over time with your child(ren)?