NaBloPoMo necessitates a certain amount of Phoning it In here at the old blog, but today I am going to take it to new levels. This is a warning, so that you can jump ship now if you don't want to hear about the incredibly scintillating topics of:
My Baby's Sleep Habits
My Aching Head
See? I told you. It's hard to say which of those qualifies as Least Interesting, but they're all vying hard for the title.
Quickly (and only because I have to post SOMETHING here) I'll tie them all together for you:
About two weeks ago, after months drinking nothing but decaffeinated tea, I added a cup of regular tea back into my daily schedule. I'm super caffeine-sensitive and my kids appear to have inherited that from me, but blessing of blessings, this time the caffeine in my one cup of tea did not appear to be affecting Blaise's ability to take naps.
BUT. Out of the past nine nights, during five of them he's been awake for at least two hours at some point during the night. (He seems to prefer the 12-2am slot, with 3-5am coming in a close second.) And when I read this post of Jamie's in which she mentions the effects of residual caffeine on nighttime baby sleep, I had an AH HA moment.
And since Blaise was up from 12am to 3am last night, this morning I was almost dead and opted to have decaf for my morning cup of tea in order to hopefully avoid a recurrence tonight.
(If you're thinking that it is SO PAINFULLY IRONIC that when I most need caffeine, I can't have it: yes, I noticed that too.)
But apparently my caffeine-sensitivity is such that going cold-turkey from just one cup of tea, weak lame little tea which has, like, 1/3 as much caffeine as coffee, is enough to give me poundingly painful withdrawal headaches. Which I've had all day today, despite the fact that I'm popping ibuprofen like it's candy.
So, to summarize: I gave up caffeine (again) to try to get my baby to sleep better and I'm suffering because of it.
If that child does not sleep tonight, well. I have no idea what I'm going to do.