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Super Sleeptastic

Friday, August 13th, 2010

I thought I would do a quick sleep update. I am not sure whether things are getting better or if I’ve just accepted our face. Spencer slept for 8 hours in a row the night of his party, but he was exhausted and stuffed full of a tremendous amount of food. So it was an exception, but it gave me an idea. We are working on giving him bigger dinners – maybe we just weren’t feeding him enough at night. I’ve started finishing up each meal with a little cup of yogurt or applesauce on top of whatever we fed him. One night I added on a zucchini muffin, too. And he is normally sleeping until 3 now, not 1 for his first sleep segment. I am considering that a mini-success.

For the most part, we’ve also settled in to a nap schedule. He goes down after lunch for about 45 min, then I nurse him and he sleeps for another 1.5 hours on my lap. I’ve tried putting him down for a second time without much success, so I just catch up on my google reader and write a bit while he sleeps. Of course today he went down for a nap super-tired and an hour later than normal and he has slept for 1.5 hours in the pack and play. Maybe I need to scoot the nap back a bit.

Regardless of how his night-time and nap-time sleeping is actually going. I feel much better about it. I no longer feel desperate and exhausted. It might just be that I submitted to the randomness of the schedule or I have significantly upped my caffeine intake, but whatever it is, it’s working. For now.

Edited to add: The baby woke up with in three minutes of me hitting publish. Ha.


Sunday, July 25th, 2010

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.

Sleeping Day 5

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Another relatively successful napping day! He went down in the pack-n-play for about 45 minutes after lunch and then nursed to sleep for another 45 on my lap. I went to move him to the pack-n-play, but woke him and he wouldn’t go back to sleep. He had a good afternoon, ate dinner a little early and played after dinner. Spencer got his post-Simpsons nap at 8 and fell asleep as he finished his bottle. I didn’t even have to nurse him to sleep, which means he’ll he up more than normal during the night, but he was zonked.

Sleeping Day 4

Monday, July 19th, 2010

Another late wake up in the recliner where I have no recollection of getting to the chair. Spencer was a little fussbucket Sunday morning and I think we might have a tooth brewing. He had a bit of diaper rash and is drooling again.  Breakfast, diaper laundry, some play time and a quick trip to the grocery store and it was time for lunch and nap. Spencer nursed to sleep about noon and I put him in the pack-n-play since that worked so well on Saturday. Suprisingly, there is no sarcasm in that last sentence. Spencer stirred when I put him down, but I put my hands on his back and belly, kept him from rolling over and he went back to sleep (!!!). He slept in the pack-n-play for about 45 minutes. I got him out pretty quickly after he woke up and nursed him back to sleep. Here is where I failed a bit – he was so warm and full of cuddles that I let him sleep on my lap for another hour and a half. I missed it! And he got about a 2.5 hour nap, which is getting close to our goal nap.

Bedtime did not go as smoothly. It started with a struggle to even get his night diaper and jammies on, but we got it done and he was having his bottle by 8:30. But things just went downhill from there. We had bottle throwing, crying, biting, and a healthy dose of squirming. I didn’t have high hopes for nursing him to sleep, but tried it anyway. Spencer responded to my efforts by gnawing on my boobs. Awesome. I gave up and let him play, attempted to nurse him down every 20 minutes or so and he finally went down at 10.  If only he slept. He stayed asleep until about 11:30, but it was up and down for most of the night, including a diaper and pajama change at 3 am. Not our best night.

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