Sleeping Like A Baby

Published June 3, 2013 by jessicalynndunning

I got very lucky with Briana. She started sleeping at least seven hours a night when she was just 6 weeks old. I mean, the times that she was falling asleep were sometimes taxing (between 1 and 3 in the morning), but I was still able to get a solid night of sleep. And she would wake up, get a fresh diaper and a bottle, and then she would go back to sleep…sometimes until as late as noon.

When she got a bit older, she was sleeping from midnight until 8 or 9. Solid sleep. No nighttime feelings or waking up crying. She slept perfectly.

So, for all intents and purposes, I skipped the fog of sleep deprivation from six weeks on. I was tired, but I felt like I had a pretty good handle on it, and thanked my lucky stars that I was blessed with a good sleeper.

Fast forward to the last month of my life.

It started small…the occasional need to rock Bria a back to sleep after she had been in bed for three hours or so. (She suddenly started falling asleep at ten about a month ago, so this meant rocking her back to sleep at 1 or 2.) I thought this was an aberration. I figured it was because we were getting ready to move and the apartment was chaotic and that the stress was getting to her.

Then we had to take a sudden trip to Oregon for a funeral. Her schedule was totally disrupted, and her routine went out the window, and it didn’t resume when we got back because of having to move a second time – we discovered mold in our apartment.

By the time we were all moved (again), poor Briana was so stressed and confused. And her sleep schedule was shot.

David and I have been able to move her back to going to sleep around ten, and that’s great. But my perfect sleeper is no longer a perfect sleeper. She has changed into a very restless sleeper. And she is waking up several times a night.

I feel exhausted to the point of collapse when I wake up in the morning, and run myself ragged all day trying to keep up with my adorable little crawler. And then, instead of being able to rest, I head to work, and come home and do it all over again.

She’s teething. She’s adjusting to me going back to work. She’s getting used to a new environment.

She’s killing me.

She doesn’t just wake up and go back to sleep when I rock her. She wakes up and stays very alert for between one and three hours, and then cries and cries and cries when you try to lay her back in her crib. So we rock. And rock. And rock. And sing. And rock. And then I collapse back into bed and get maybe two or three hours more sleep before she wakes up hungry. I am getting four hours or less some nights.

So, all of that long winded babble comes to this question: how did you deal with sleep deprivation, when you were basically going and going and going 20 hours a day? I am one of those people who functions best on at least 8 hours of sleep, if not more. I can function on six…or even on four for a day or two. But this has been going on for three weeks now, and I am so tired I am starting to make stupid (highly avoidable) mistakes at work…and that’s not a good sign when I have only been back for two weeks. T

Today I gave incorrect change twice…luckily the customers were nice about it…and totally screwed up on another transaction and had to basically void the whole thing and start over. I am normally not that ditzy…I am good at my job! This while thing is frustrating, and I need some advice.

A Very Tired Mommy

P.S. I can’t do the cry it out method. For one thing, I live in an apartment and we have a roommate, and for two, she’s in our room, so I wouldn’t get any sleep anyway. And frankly, I just can’t because listening to her cry and sound so scared breaks my heart.

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3 comments on “Sleeping Like A Baby

  • So, IMHO…Bri is too young for crying it out. Getting closer to being there but still too young. SHe isn’t even a year old yet. However, on the other hand…rocking and singing to her, she could get use to that and you could be setting yourself up for a new routine…that includes holding, rocking, and singing in order for her to go to sleep. You don’t want to do that either. I know tough predicament. I would do what I could to keep her quiet, but as little interaction as possible. She needs to know…it’s bedtime, not playtime…or concert hour. LOL!
    The only real piece of advice I have in this situation are 2 things. One, give her some cereal right before putting her to bed for the night. Cereal fills up the belly, full baby=sleeping baby. Even as adults, we can get tired when full. My second piece of advice, and this one might not be so popular…David needs to get up and help you. Yes, I know he works, and works full time….I also know he is wonderful in helping you lots of other times, but honestly…whether you’re working part time or full time, you’re both working now and in all reality, you are working more than full time, between work and Bri. Oh, and a hubby, and an apartment. Yeah, you see where I am going with this. šŸ˜‰
    Even if say after a couple nights of you getting up with her, and your exhaustion level goes up…maybe he can do one night. So you can at least get one good night of sleep before having to continue on with your sleep deprevation. He should be able to handle it better bc he has been sleeping and he can go back to sleeping after doing one night.

  • Alright Mom, you know my crazy schedule, and while it is only a temporary fix and not all the healthy, Red Bull and Coffee. I seriously buy Red Bull by the case at Costco (when I am not pregnant) and I drink them daily along with Diet Coke and plenty of water. Cliff Bars give you energy and can keep you going.
    Also try cat naps during the day. At first I felt like they did more harm then good, I was more tired after a 30 minute nap then before, but now they really help. Throw her in her crib or get a play pin and a few toys and you just rest next to her on the couch or in your bed.
    I know the crying it out is hard, I never wanted to do it, and I never did with Ashley, Which was how I got so good functioning on NO sleep, but Jake made me do it with Jax….and really after a few minutes he fell asleep. I would even stand over his crib and comfort him, just not pick him up and he would fall right back asleep. I know that doesn’t work with all kids, but it may with her, they are related šŸ™‚
    Also, I haven’t heard about David and what he is doing while all this is going on……is he getting up to help? I realize he is the full time working parent, but he can still do his fair share of sleepless nights. Even if it is only once or twice a week. It is enough to let you catch up and be able to function.
    Hang in there, this to shall pass.

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