Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Sleep...

 When you get pregnant you immediately give up your right to sleep on your own terms. It begins with getting up to pee in the middle of the night, gradually turning into being so uncomfortable that you can't sleep well and then the precious little bundle is born and you are at the mercy of her schedule. If you have a baby that has slept through the night from the start, or even at a few months of age, you are blessed.

I have read books, tried people's suggestions but seriously, Makenzie is not sleeping through the night and who knows when she will. Every baby is different. Bed time has always been pretty easy for us. She gets a bath, has a bottle and goes down mostly without a fuss. I don't typically rock her to sleep, she just goes in her bed awake and falls asleep sometimes with a little fussing. We've been doing this since she was about 3 months old and it works great for us. The problem is that she only sleeps for 3-5 hour chunks, and if I get 5 hours it's a miracle. When she wakes up I just feed her and put her back to sleep. Unless something is wrong, it's usually a pretty easy process, although it usually takes about 20 - 30 minutes for her to eat. This means I wake up at least once a night but usually twice. I have tried to give her the paci and have tried to let her cry for awhile thinking that she doesn't need to eat but she hasn't once calmed back down and gone to sleep.

It's not the getting her to sleep problem it's the keeping her asleep. Spearmint Baby just posted an article about sleep that is different than anything I've read. Really, it emphasizes the fact that what others may see as a sleep problem may not be a sleep problem to you. If you have ever had issues with getting your children to sleep, which most of us have, I encourage you to read the article, it's short and I found it encouraging. I am going to try to put Kenzie down earlier this week and see if that helps but who knows?

Click here to head on over to Spearmint Baby to read the article.

5 comments:

  1. I have always had the best luck with early bedtimes. I always put them down 12 hours before they wake up for the day. Yes you are right some babies need to eat through the night and others don't. Nick woke every hour on the hour no matter what I tried until he was 10 months old. Then magically one night he started sleeping 14 hours straight a night. I did nothing different. It will come hang in there. I constantly tell myself this is only a season and this too shall pass.

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  2. Thanks for the encouragement girl. I'm sure that a year from now, I'll remember this time with fondness. As much as I'm tired I do enjoy snuggling her while I'm feeding her. :)

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  3. I know how you feel. Not only does Ryan never sleep longer than a 5-hour stretch, but it is really hard for me to get him to sleep in the first place. Have you read Elizabeth Pantley's "No Cry Sleep Solution"? I have it, and there are some really good suggestions in there. Obviously it hasn't cured my problems, but it has helped some.

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  4. When Adah hit a year old, was when we REALLY started to stop the eating through the night. Sometimes I was at her mercy 3 to 4 times a night. It was ridicules! So when she was 1 we knew there was no reason for her to be eating during the night. You'll know when it's time to stop.

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  5. Steph, I haven't read that, I'll have to look into it.

    I tried the whole putting her to bed early thing but she woke up an hour earlier. She's teething right now so I think I'll just wait until she's not in pain and then try it again. :)

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