Lately, I feel like I say/think/write the same sentences over and over again: â€œI am so tired,â€ â€œHenry gave me a run for money last night,â€ and â€œWhere the hell is my coffee?â€ Completely obvious statement of the century: babies are exhausting. I feel a little bad complaining about it because â€“ of course â€“ Henry is wonderful, and I also realize that his sleeping could be LOADS worse. But after three straight months of horrendous sleep, this pattern is really getting to both the Husband and me. A secondary issue, but itâ€™s also making writing the blog pretty difficult â€“ hence my occasional radio silence!
So â€“ I would love some advice from the experienced mommas out there. People just keep telling us to â€˜wait and pray,â€™ and that one night, heâ€™ll just sleep better. Currently, this is what he does: I put him to sleep around 8 â€“ 9 PM after a bottle; he wakes up anytime from 11 PM â€“ 1 AM for another bottle; and then heâ€™s up at 4, maybe 5, 6, and/or 7. Heâ€™s in bed for a long time; itâ€™s just the constant wake-ups that are killing us. Occasionally, the timing is ideal and we only get woken up twice, but more often than not, weâ€™re up four times for soothings or feedings (which we split responsibility on â€“ I pump bottles). Sometimes he eats an entire bottle but sometimes he just snacks. Up to this point, Iâ€™ve just been following his cues, but Iâ€™m starting to think that I could do something differently to make it easier. Thoughts?!
In honor of Henryâ€™s amazing ability to wake up four times in a seven-hour period and still laugh, coo, and smile his way through the day (how?!), here is a fun sleep infographic. Side note: not that I need an excuse, but I am eagerly anticipating National Napping Day, which falls on March 11 this year.