Exhaustion

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I have been zombie mama for the past week. We finally made the big decision to transition Chloe’s crib out of our room and into her room. After hearing other mamas say how their babies sleep (almost) through the night, I figured some change was in order. Chloe’s longest night-time sleep cycle averaged between 2-3 hours. This means for the past 6 months I have not had more than a few hours of sleep at a time. Miraculously, I have been able to function okay, but I felt almost perpetually tired, like life was just a bit gray and hazy around the edges.

We made the switch last Thursday after I re-read some helpful email advice and talked to other moms. Our routine had been to occasionally put Chloe down in her crib in our room, then bring her into bed to nurse back to sleep when she first woke up. Honestly, both David and I were fine with this arrangement, but I began to feel that our bed was too small for all three of us. I wanted more room to stretch out and not worry about jostling or waking her. If we had a king-size bed, I probably would have continued what we were doing. It was just so convenient, not to mention cozy. But she is 6 months old and I figured I’d best do it now, while she is flexible, than later when it would be harder.

Anyway, the first 5 nights were hell. More crying and sadness, more wakings. I told myself at the beginning that I would commit to this for at least a week and then re-evaluate if necessary. Turns out, on night 6, she slept a record 6+ hours! I would have been singing hallelujahs if it wasn’t for Barkley, who for some inexplicable reason woke me up at 4:30am to go out. I might not have forgiven him, except that Chloe did it again the next night! On those two nights I simply laid her in bed around 9pm after our new night-time routine (nursing, bath-time with Dad, and then reading a couple books) and she would fall asleep quietly after a few minutes. Both nights she woke up at 11pm, to be nursed and put back in her crib before settling in for her long stretch. It was a miracle.

Then there was last night. Because we weren’t able to keep to our successful routine and timing, she reverted back to her original short sleep cycles. Not fun. But at least now we know what works, and that longer sleep is possible. And that is a wonderful, wonderful thing.

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4 thoughts on “Exhaustion

  1. Congratulations on some longer sleep! I hope the new routine keeps working. It makes such a difference.

  2. Congratulations on the longer sleep. I know how hard it can be. I have an 18month old daughter and she only just started sleeping through the night about a month ago. We moved little Miss D into her own room around 8 months. From around 11-14 months most nights she would end up with us in bed – mostly because I was too tired to try and console her and get her back to sleep in her bed. But then the time came where I just had to say, enough is enough and it took us about 6 weeks of me being firm with her sleeping in her bed. We had nights where she was up every 40 mins for hours on end. Other nights it would be hourly – this was around 11 months. But then it ever so slowly started to improve. She’d start doing 3 hours, then 4 hours. Although, sometimes it did feel like one step forward 3 steps back. But the joy at her sleeping through the night is wonderful. She’s also much happier now as well! It’s worked – but a long hard slog! I hope your little one continues to improve her sleeping and you start to feel much better to!

  3. Keep it up- you can do it! I know it’s hard, but it’ll get easier. Sounds like she is sleeping longer and that is so much better for everyone. Babies will tend to revert every 2-3 weeks and will have trouble, but if you stick with it, you will not regret it on bit. 🙂

  4. Hang in there!!! Just think how much more rested you will be in the end!!! Smiles and I hope it works out for you!

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