Lately, I feel like I say/think/write the same sentences over and over again: “I am so tired,” “Henry gave me a run for money last night,” and “Where the hell is my coffee?” Completely obvious statement of the century: babies are exhausting. I feel a little bad complaining about it because – of course – 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 it’s also making writing the blog pretty difficult – hence my occasional radio silence!
So – I would love some advice from the experienced mommas out there. People just keep telling us to ‘wait and pray,’ and that one night, he’ll just sleep better. Currently, this is what he does: I put him to sleep around 8 – 9 PM after a bottle; he wakes up anytime from 11 PM – 1 AM for another bottle; and then he’s up at 4, maybe 5, 6, and/or 7. He’s in bed for a long time; it’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, we’re up four times for soothings or feedings (which we split responsibility on – I pump bottles). Sometimes he eats an entire bottle but sometimes he just snacks. Up to this point, I’ve just been following his cues, but I’m starting to think that I could do something differently to make it easier. Thoughts?!
In honor of Henry’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.