Sleep. Such a simple concept. Lay down, relax, and drift easily into dreams of Channing Tatum feeding me grapes…
Yeah, that doesn’t happen for me anymore.
I’ve got to say, I’ve really started to feel the twinge of jealousy for those parents who have had a baby that “slept through the night since day one” or “hardly ever wakes up, usually I get about 10 hours of sleep a night.” Unfortunately for me, my little T-Bird has been far from the peaceful sleeping baby you see on Pampers commercials. The last few months (10) have had me believing that the zombie apocalypse is real, because I swear I’m turning into one with the addition of a huge caffeine addiction.
The first few months after I brought her home, Taylor slept like I thought a normal baby would; up every 3-4 hours to nurse, burp, then back to sleep. But this last month has been something out of a torture how-to book…she’s been waking up every hour crying/wanting to nurse/crawling on me. Since school has started and Taylor’s activity level is at an all time high, I really need the sleep. I’ve felt like a detective lately, trying out different things to see what will help her sleep; bedtime routine, baby Tylenol, gas medicine, lavender oils, putting her in her own bed, back on acid reflux medicine, the list goes on…and all to no avail. The “cry-it-out” method is not an option for us (for reasons here and here), so I’m left with dark circles and dragging feet in the morning.
This may just be a hellish phase she is going through, but sometimes (like 2 o’clock in the morning) it feels like it’s never going to end. Starbucks has of course given me a deliciously caffeinated helping-hand, but coffee can only take you so far into the day before you’re exhausted again. Now that I am pretty much desperate, I’d like to pose a question to all you moms and dads out there who have had similar sleeping troubles (or know someone who has): What has helped your little one sleep through the night? Any tips from veteran parents?
Here’s me raising my giant cup of iced mocha in cheers to hopes of us sleeping through the night soon!