Friday, October 17, 2014

Sleep... What's that??

And just when I thought the sleep situation couldn’t get any worse, last night happened.  For the fourth night in a row, W woke up.  This time a little earlier – sometime after 12 am.  A brought him to our bed.  W tossed and turned.  I’ve noticed every time he wakes, he’s very restless – like he can’t get comfortable and can’t stop moving.  A was able to fall back asleep, as indicated by his snoring, but I couldn’t.  It didn't help that the dog was also laying on me.  Everyone loves mom at 12 am!  Finally around 2 am, I figured W was sleeping sound enough to move him back to his crib.  I threw a blanket at A to try to get his attention.  A stopped snoring for a second and then the snoring resumed.  Lovely.  I did my best to get the dog off of me, scoop up W, and head to his room.  A woke up at this point and helped straighten out W’s blankets and turn on the white noise.  As soon as I hopped back into bed, so did Addie dog.  Great.  And she needed to be right up against me.  (Sidenote: She used to do this when I was pregnant with W.  She wanted to be near me at all times.)  So for quite some time, I stayed awake as Addie moved around, licked, and used me as a pillow.  Meanwhile, A was back to his snoring in no time.  When the alarm went off, I was nearly in tears.  So darn tired. 

And then W was in my car this morning and spit up all over the place.  Not my day.

I’m clinging to the hope that W’s on the verge of a major developmental milestone and that’s causing the sleepless night.  Either that or the rainy dreary weather and short naps all week are resulting in overtiredness and poor sleep.  Despite the spit up episode, I don’t think he’s sick.  Probably just too much juice/puree before a car ride.

I just read this: “Most paradoxically, toddlers often act less tired as exhaustion sets in. Hyperactive behavior, fidgeting, and loudness are not signs of excessive energy; rather, they are the wiped-out toddler’s last-ditch effort to keep himself awake.”  Sounds a lot like W!  And I'm picturing some guy from National Geographic saying that - like a toddler is this unknown, fascinating species. ;)


And A, I know you read this… you get Addie and W tonight!  My turn to snore… Zzzz.  (I’m partly kidding – A often gets up with W and is with him until W falls back asleep.)

2 comments:

  1. Sorry to hear you're having a rough time! I hate it when the alarm goes off and I feel like I've had no sleep. Do you read Amalah's blog? It's hilarious and awesome. She also has a side blog called the Advice Smackdown. Lots of people swear by the 2-3-4 nap schedule, and it's not just for infants. You can read about it here: http://alphamom.com/parenting/baby/the-2-3-4-sleep-routine/

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    1. Thanks so much for the blog recommendation! I'm always open to suggestions and at this point, I'm willing to try nearly anything. :)

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