Saturday, July 16, 2011

Sleep

The lack of posting is coming from one place - lack of sleep. I am bone tired.  I'm not sure why it has hit me this week.  Maybe it was because last week Kate was sick and we had lots of new teeth arrive for Connor.  Last week I slept very very little - drank more coffee than I care to admit to - but made it through relatively unscathed.  Or so I thought.  This week things are quieter; Kate is feeling better and Connor is the proud owner of 4 new teeth on top (6 total now). My body is finally like, "hey dude! pay attention to me!".  So instead of blogging (or really doing anything in the evenings) I have been going to bed early.  At 9PM I force myself to turn the lights out for the sake of my sanity.

I was telling my mom yesterday that I literally haven't slept straight through the night since sometime in late 2008.  I don't remember what it feels like to get in bed, pull up my covers, and then wake up to my alarm clock (or the sunrise).  Please don't think I am complaining about motherhood.  As someone who took the very long road to parenthood I am more than grateful for my children.  I am thrilled that the reason I haven't had a good solid sleep in so long is because of my two gorgeous babies.  But I am just exhausted. 

I hit a wall last weekend and decided that Connor was going to meet Dr. Ferber this week.  Making the decision to "Ferberize" is like making an investment.  You will lose a few nights sleep more than likely (to fussing, crying, and having to go do the timed checks) but according to his book, you will reap the rewards of much more sleep in the long run.  Of course the book recommends that both partners participate so that neither parent is completely a zombie during the process.  Right.  Strike that into "my husband is deployed, I'll do it alone, I'll suck it up" category.

This morning I am happy to report, that after 3 nights of Ferber, Connor slept from 7PM to 5:30AM without waking at all.  With no pacifier, no feedings, and no crying.  Thank you 8 pound 6 ounce sweet baby jesus.  And since my body was beyond ready for a solid night's rest - I slept through the night too.  Watch out world!

2 comments:

Betsy said...

Hey there, fellow November mama here ;) Love your blog - I am thinking that I have to do Ferber also. Now that our LOs are older, it doesn't seem as harsh for some reason. Did you actually read the book? I'll be going it solo also, as my DH works nights.

How nice that you both slept through the night! I can only dream...

snuggles78 said...

i have 4 kids and im happy to sleep in til 7 but glad its working for you. love your blog by the way

Hi, I'm Jill!

Hi, I'm Jill!
Extrovert. Mom of two. Wife of a cute Naval Aviator. Lover of wine. When I'm not chasing my two kids around town you will find me writing, taking too many photos, and researching the ten future areas the Navy could potentially (but probably won't) PCS us. We are fish out of water, landlocked at 7,000 feet. For now.

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