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Wednesday, February 03, 2010


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Arwen, I so feel your pain! Ben used to sleep at night until about 5 months old. Now He's waking up every 45 minutes or so from the time we put him down until O go o bed and then he's spending most of the night with me in our bed so at least all I have to do is roll over and not get up. I want my evenings back!

In our house my daughter (20 months) is the early bird. I expect her up between 5:30 and 6:30 every day. My son (6 weeks), on the other hand, will usually nurse early in the morning and not be up for the day until around 8. Sometimes I wonder if children conspire against their parents to give them the least amount of sleep possible. Maybe it's just mine?

Our William was a better sleeper than Blaise but we did the tag-teaming for the first 3 months of his life. I took the 9-2 shift and my husband took the 2-7 shift. We learned from our first (our daughter) that both of us getting up at each waking was NOT helping anyone, so we learned that shifts work wonders. Just knowing I was going to get 5 hours of sleep every night made each day so much easier. I no longer dreaded the nights. Luckily, I have a wonderful husband and I was pumping and feeding so this could work. I recommend it to anyone! Sure you miss out on sleeping with your husband, but when you're so sleep deprived nothing is really going on in bed anyway, right? ;)

I can hardly remember my kids sleep habits now....I think it's sort of awesome you're documenting it not only to see how things are improving, but to be able to look back - the outcome of sleep dep for me is losing some memory!
I also think it's natural for you to be able to look back on the tough times, like the hospital stay, with calm. I'm a firm believer in laying down burdens after I've worked through them. But there's just no limit to how much love and joy we can hold!

We went through one period where Elizabeth was only sleeping 45 minutes at a time. That was translating to eleven or twelve wake-ups per night. It was terrible. But it didn't last and hopefully yours won't either!

GAH! Arwen - that's so brutal. We have found that Teddy is off this week - we think he's teething (1 year molars - boo!) and as per "The Wonder Weeks", there's a spurt at 55 weeks and 53-54 are the stormiest. So you might be making more progress than you think, since there are confounding factors.
In any case - I am thinking of (and praying for) Team ABC.

Hey Arwen!

Bridget was like Camilla, sleeping until 9am as an infant!! Linus, like Blaise, wakes up between 6 and 6:45am every morning :(

Ps: I LOVE the shot of you and the kids at the top of your page!!! On my Facebook profile pic. Bridget is wearing a face similar to that of Camilla's. Must be the age... ha ha.

Uuuughhh night waking! I hope you guys see some vast improvement soon! And I second the possibility of this being the 55 week spurt weirdness.

Even my "better sleeping child" is so inconsistent. As a newborn she was sleepy, slept through the night at a couple months, then stopped sttn with teething and all that, then she started sleeping awesomely around 10 months (when we transitioned her to her own room for the whole night-- she always started out there). And she pretty much night-weaned herself and the heavens rejoiced.

And then? She UN-night-weaned herself a couple months ago. And last night was up four times and I ended up nursing her every time just to keep the peace. Gah!

Good thing they have such squishy cheeks.

I don't know if you are looking for a recommendation, but I'm going to mention it anyway :).
I finally got my first born to sleep at 9 months after I read "Good Night, Sleep Tight" by Kim West. It was amazing how well it worked. My second is a good sleeper (3 months old) because of her book too. I recommend it to all my friends.

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