Exhausted as in tired and out of options. I am at a sleeping impasse. I pretty much got Spencer on a 12 pm nap and 830 bedtime schedule. Yay!  Except I am even more tired than I was before. I realized that my problem was a sleep schedule as much as the fact that he won’t stay asleep.  He wakes up 45 minutes into a nap and then will nurse and sleep for anther 45. At night it isn’t much better. He sleeps for an hour or two and then wakes and I have to nurse him back to sleep.  And the last two nights he would barely nurse back to sleep. It took almost 2 hours to get him back down and I crawled back under the covers at 530 in the morning, right as my husband was getting up for work and Spencer only slept until 645. I managed to nurse him back down and we slept in the chair together until about 8, but then his diaper leaked all over me. Fun times.

The internet hasn’t been much help. Opinions tend to be cry-it-out or “I co-sleep and never have to leave my bed,” which, while valid opinions, are not helpful. Although the cry-it-out people do start to lure you in with their promises of sleep and stories of how they solved all of their problems – which sound exactly like mine. I am just so tired all the time. I don’t know how I am going to get his party done and I am so tired I am starting not to care. Sleep deprivation is making me lethargic and apathetic. And even writing this post has made me dissolve in to tears. Although, Spencer has been sleeping for his nap for an hour without waking up – he’s on my lap – but it is a start.

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One Response to “Exhausted”

  1. it’s really tough. so sorry you’re struggling lady! poppy was always a “snacker” baby & while breastfed rarely slept for more than 3 hours at a time. once she was weaned (at around 8 months) her sleep improved greatly and she even slept through the night perfectly for around 4 months. yay, right? expect that right at a year old, she went through a big fat sleep REGRESSION – waking (i think due to teething pain) 4-5 times per night. things have only recently improved & she’s now having 1 wake per night, sometimes 2. which is still tough! i long for more nights of truly restful sleep. so, i’m sorry i don’t have any awesome advice for you! but i wanted to tell you i’ve definitely been there, hell, sometimes i’m STILL there! :-/ hope things get easier for you on the sleep front very soon. hugs!!!


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