Thursday, January 8, 2009

I DID Jinx Us

Okay, so probably not. I don't really believe in jinxes (as I throw salt over my shoulder) . . .

But Will was back to his frequent night waking last night. It was a bit better, as he went for a four and a half hour stretch, but because he had gone to bed earlier than usual, he then was up every hour to two hours after that. So it was still a lot.

At ten to six, I couldn't do it anymore, and M finally got up with him. On nights that M has to work, I try not to have him get up with Will, but a girl can only take so much - or so little, when it comes to sleep.

I have been googling (really, me?!?!) on sleep patterns and seem to be finding something called the Four Month Sleep Regression. Anyone else found this to be true? Any advice? If you did notice the regression, did you do anything to help it, or just ride it out? And how long before it seemed to resolve?

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Ugh, the neverending sleep-battle... My second had difficulty waking/sleeping through the night until 7.5 months old - I don't think there was a magic "trick", we just stumbled through the sleep deprivation as best as possible (lots of coffee, lost of grumbles under our breath). Definitely get help wherever you can, go to bed early, etc. If you stick to your routine, eventually Will will "learn" to sleep.
Seriously...the sleep thing can make a Mama CRAZY. I feel your pain!

Hang in there!

Beth,
Michigan

Katie said...

Thanks, Beth! I do feel as if sleep is a never ending battle for us. But hey, seven months isn't really that far away! I can do that! I think it's really the fear that he will NEVER sleep through that gets to me!

Fertilized said...

Yes to the regression. My advice is to just ride it out. It will change again .. and again and again. I think sleep is a never ending battle that seems to be less stressful for me with I just go with the flow and take it for what it is.

Good Luck to you.

Tracey said...

Have you tried the miracle blanket? It was a sanity saver for me, that and a white noise CD on repeat all night.
good luck, sleep derivation is the worst

Tracy said...

I agree with Beth. I don't think there's any good answer besides time. We think we're doing everything perfectly, and the babies still don't sleep like we'd like. Oh well...hang in there!

Anonymous said...

I have been a long time reader of your story but I don't think I will be reading anymore. I am tired of hearing about you being tired. How many nights did you stay awake when you were infertile wishing for a baby? I don't sleep very well at night and I don't have a baby so that's why. If I had a baby I wouldn't complain about not sleeping. I would thank my lucky stars for having the oportunity to be up with that baby even if was every fifteen minutes all day every day. You are not very greatful for the gift you have been given and it hurts someone like me who wonders if they will ever have that gift to see you taking it for granted. I think you should be ashamed that you are turning your blog into a place for your whining.

April E. :) said...

Anonymous...I am not sure that any of us are in any position to judge Katie as a Mother or a Blogger.
I too am in a long battle with infertility. (4 years this month) And while most of me would say that I would be grateful everyday for the good times and the bad, the honest to goodness truth is...we just don't know HOW we will react when things aren't flowing as nicely as we feel they should.
I would like to think that I will never complain, never get frustratedn and always thank the good Lord above for the blessing of a child...but who knows...really.
I don't take this blog entry as Katie being ungrateful...she is tired. Just like any Mom I know...in the beginning it is hard, tiring and frustrating.
Katie I applaud your persistence in recieving this blessing from God. In time it will get easier and the sleep habit will fall into place. In the meantime...feel tired, and feel no shame for your honest emotions. It's all apart of figuring out yourself as a Mother.
And to the Anonymous writer...be patient. Your time will come, just like mine will too one day...as it did for Katie. And in the meantime, don't use your own frustration and impatience to judge other Mothers. This Blog is her world, it's hers to say what she wishes, to be honest.

In the long run, reading all sides of these stories makes us grow as future MOTHERS.

In love,
April :)

Jen said...

Lack of sleep isn't good. I always have the most trouble with the first night waking. It's after I've only had one or two hours of sleep and I am just SO tired. In the first couple weeks after she was born, I would sometimes find myself moaning during that feeding.