Thursday, 25 October 2007

Sleep deprivation

When I had Threepeat, I expected sleepless nights for a while. Imagine my pleasant surprise when he started sleeping 6-10 hour stretches when he was a mere 5 weeks old!

Threepeat is now 6 months old. Since he was 4 months old, he has decided that sleeping through the night is for wimps and therefore, he is up every night, at LEAST twice, but on average 3-4 times a night. The only thing that will console him is nursing. So, a couple of weeks ago, I accepted that “this too shall pass” and I just went with the flow, nursing him when he woke and then falling back to sleep. The sleep deprivation has built up though and for the last couple of days, I have been a complete zombie. It takes everything I’ve got to stay awake at around 5:00 in the evening. By the time bedtime comes, I have my second wind and I am up till midnight.

Last night was a complete disaster. He went down at 7:45, woke at 10:30, nursed, slept fitfully (he was dreaming I think) until midnight. Woke at midnight and NOTHING would put him back to sleep. I ended up giving him ovol drops and tylenol, thinking that maybe it was teething or tummy ache, but NADA. Finally, to let the rest of the house sleep, at 1:15, I took him out in the freezing cold to drive him around the neighbourhood and he was asleep within 10 minutes. I snuck back in the house and put him in his crib, but of course, I was wired and didn’t fall back to sleep till about 2:45. At 4:00 he was up again, fussing, pulling off when I tried to nurse him, but he fell back to sleep around 5:20. At 7:20, he was up for the day. Needless to say, life sucks today.

His naps are never more than 30 minutes on a good day, so my house is a sty because I have no chance to do anything.

So, anyone out there with any sleep advice? Crying it out, as you all know, is not an option in our home, but is there a gentle way to lengthen his naps and keep him asleep at night? Please comment or email me with your suggestion…before I die of sleep deprivation. Pin It

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