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Going crazy one slow, tired day at a time

standard January 9, 2008 7 responses

Today Little L is 23 weeks old. We’ve passed the 5 month mark. She’s more than doubled her birth weight. She’s over her sinus infection. Basically she has no more excuses. She needs to start sleeping longer. Does anyone speak baby?

She eats a ton of food between 6 and 8 p.m., solids, formula, breast-milk, you name it, she eats it. We put her down around 9, 10ish. And she generally wakes up around 1:30, eats another full meal, and then again at 3 or 4, at which point I pull her into our bed and let her nurse to her heart’s content until I have to get up at 7:15. Mostly she snacks during that time, but last night she ate NON STOP from 3 to 7 a.m. And yet, she’s only in the 25 percentile. I have a feeling that she’s doing that fabled thing that daycare nurselings do; storing up calories at night so she can go most of the day without eating.

I love nursing this kiddo. I fought it, and fought it, but now I’m committed. But I also love to sleep, and I just don’t know how to get out of this nightmare spiral of broken sleep. We’re up every two or three hours. I haven’t slept in months. And yet, somehow I have to be productive at work.

I know this will end some day. I know I might even miss spending quality time feeding the baby in the middle of the night. I know I don’t want to let her cry it out. I know there’s no magic solution. I know I’m tough enough and I’ll survive. I also know there’s really no point to this post. It’s one long wah, wah, whine about how tired I am and how sick I am of waking up three times a night. Forgive me. Did I mention I’m tired?

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  • OK. I remember being that tired and feeling like it is never going to end. You are so tired you don’t even know how tired you are. But you’re right. You’ll survive it and then you’ll miss it! Stay strong!

  • I think I went two years without a full nights sleep. I feel you. I am finally sleeping again and totally reveling in it. If I don’t get at least 6 hours I am miserable. And now I think back to that time not that long ago that even 4 hours was a lot!

    I have no advice for you. This too shall pass. I strongly suggest putting the baby in a seperate room and trying the cry it out for several nights. It worked for us. It just tore our hearts out until it started to work. Now, the baby goes down like a champ most nights…. not crying, just relaxing.

    Good luck!

  • Agree with faerie mom. I refused to let my first cry it out. Started it some with the second…by the third, had it down pat. It feels excruiating, and like you’re doing something horribly wrong. But on this side of it, it really doesn’t last that long and it works to help get the kinks out of sleep/eat time. I highly recommend the ‘crying it out’ as long as their safe and not sick, but it’s a personal choice and you have to do what’s right for you.

    Have you talked with her doctor about it?

  • Have you tried bringing her in bed with you and nursing while you sleep? My ds was an all night snacker and for me crying it out wasn’t an option. If we nursed laying down I could sleep through everything but latching on. It was the only way I got some sleep when he was a baby.

  • I would say let her cry too. At least through one feeding. Maybe the 1:30 one. Still get up for the 3:00 one but at least that way you will get about 6 hours or so of sleep.

    It sucks but in the end it will be worth it.

  • Sleep deprivation is the worst. Don’t worry about her weight unless the pediatrician is worried and unless she is declining. She could just be a 25% percentile baby! Crying it out sounds very daunting when you don’t have a plan, you should check out Dr. Ferber’s book – he gives you a method which is not as daunting.

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