Wednesday, November 11, 2009


So I 've been complaining to anyone who will listen about my lack of sleep lately. Andrew got sick a week or two ago, and since then has wanted to wake up FOUR times per night, every night.

....I'll give you a moment to absorb that information.

In desperation I've been asking anyone and everyone for advice in the sleep department. Andrew seems like he wants to just know someone is there. Sometimes he'll take a bottle, but most of the time he's just looking for a little comfort. I know he doesn't love to be alone, so night time is hard for him. I was so smug because I thought I had the sleeping thing down. Addison woke up twice a night till six weeks, one a nice till three months, and has slept through the night literally since then. I WAS SO SPOILED. Turns out, that was Addison's doing, not mine.

I have come to the conclusion that I suck at sleep training. Andrew just breaks my heart with his sad little talking in the night and I inevitably go to him. I took my very wise friends' various pieces of advice to help wean myself from going into the nursery as much as I was weaning Andrew from our nightly meetings.

AND!! I am happy to report, Andrew slept through the entire night last night. I heard him wake up once, talk to himself for about 30 seconds, and then go back to sleep again, which is HUGE because he usually wants a bottle to go back to sleep.

And oh my goodness, I woke up this morning and all is right with the world. I wake up a 6am to get some work done before the kids get up. This morning, I didn't roll over and fall back asleep. I bounced out of bed, wrote five articles in an hour and even....GOT DRESSED.

It is amazing what a good night's sleep will do. Considering I hadn't slept through the night since Jan 5th, 2009 (the day I went into the hospital) it was kind of a big deal. Can we all collectively cross our fingers and hope that this was not a fluke? I would appreciate it.


Joy said...

As the mother of a nine-month-old who has gotten up at least 3 times a night every night of her life, I completely understand! Congrats on a full night's sleep!

Derek and Mary said...

Yay! Ok, now you have to share the tips. Ashlyn is 8 months and still gets up. Sometimes I can just rock her back to sleep but most of the time it comes with a bottle. One day I'll be able to sleep through the night AND sleep in again.

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