I’m currently getting by on around 3-4 hrs sleep a night. Newborn baby you’d say? 4 month old teething, awww? Nope. My youngest is 1 1/2, and until about 2 months ago was a pretty good sleeper. He had his days ( or nights) but recently he has taken to waking at 3am, and will not settle, no matter how much “sshhing”, patting, comforting or anything other I have to offer. I’m not a fan of cry it out, in fact, I’m highly opposed to it. Lately though, I’m getting desperate. I am but a shadow of my former self. A once bouncy, energetic Mum that could get all the housework done, dinner for the evening and have playtime with the kids before 10am, is now struggling to even have them dressed before 9am. Let alone myself, who I often catch a glimpse of with messy hair and baggy, tired eyes at 11:30am, shocked that I haven’t even had a shower or dressed as a civil person should. I’m taking to going to bed by 9pm in order to hopefully catch more sleep, but he’s still waking around 4 times a night, each time taking anywhere between 30 mins and 2 hours to settle. I ask myself “What am I doing wrong?!” and “Why do I deserve such punishment for trying to raise a child in a gentle manner?” Watching the night turn yet again to day this morning I lost it. “TAKE HIM!” I snarled at my husband, who innocently and tiredly rescued him from my glaring in the dark eyes. Thank the lord I know it will pass, and soon he will grow out of it. I know it’s just a stage. He’s still breastfed but he senses that is coming to an end, as Mummy reduces his booby time more and more. He’s not very keen on this. Also, he has molars on the brink. I know he doesn’t want to be such a pain. I can’t help but feel jealous though as he takes a 4 hour morning nap while I stay awake, bleary eyed and feeling slovenly, as my three year old runs rings around me and asks for something, every five minutes without exception. I know rest is coming, I just don’t know when. I promise that when they are teens and I find it hard to drag them up in the morning, some days I will go “What the hell!” and sleep in myself, stuff it.
Posted by Sarah Kennedy, 6th May 2013