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Most of the nights, K wakes up about every three hours.  It’s a diaper change and a feeding every time.  While a solid three hours of sleep seems good, it’s exhausting.  Sometimes, I’m too awake after a feeding that I can’t sleep right away and I find that I stay awake for about an hour after she fell back asleep.  That leaves me with only two hours of sleep before she wakes up again!

By the time M wakes up, I’m exhausted and feel so sleep deprived.

However, there are those miraculous days where K decides to give me FOUR hours of sleep between a feeding.  That means I really only wake up once in the middle of the night..

It feels soooooo good.

Who knew that one extra hour of sleep and know that I only have had to wake up once in the wee hours of the morning can feel amazing!?

After a four hour span of sleep, by the time M wakes up, I feel so refreshed and ready to tackle the day…

Now that K is approaching 6 weeks old, I’m hoping these 4-hour spans occur more often..

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My sleep deprivation is hitting an all time low..

I BEGGED M to fall asleep the other night.

Is that normal?

We  went to bed.. she played around like her usual self, but I was literally falling asleep by her.. I was only partially awake enough to know that she was still by my side, but the minute she would move around, I’d wake up.  And then, she’d try to wake me up!

So.. I begged her.

“Please M.  Just fall asleep.  Mimi is sooo tired.  She hasn’t had a good night’s sleep since the time change.”

She made me read “Go, Dog, Go” one more time… then she snuggled up next to me.. and fell asleep.

Oh my gosh!  Did she understand me?! 

I thanked her angelic sleeping face and fell asleep.

I wonder what tonight will be like..

I’ve mentioned before that M was such a good newborn.  I’ve told you how I thought M was the easiest newborn I’ve come across.  I’ve told you that I could never commiserate with the other moms about sleepless nights and incessant crying when M was a newborn..

Well.. it looks like it’s finally caught up with me.. and now I must pay my dues.

It’s been really hard to get a good night’s sleep lately.  I don’t know if it’s the time change.. or M is just being really particular about things lately.. or just both!

Almost every night, it’s something..

She’s crying because she just wants to sit on the potty.  She’s crying because she wants to watch Dora.  She’s crying because she wants Hubby to come to bed.

Or, she’ll wake up in the middle of the night for something.

I don’t mind if she wakes up in the middle of the night to go potty.  I think it’s great that she wakes up to know the feeling and can control it in her sleep enough to wake up and want to go.

But I miss my chunks of sleep.  I miss my uninteruppted hours and hours of sleep, especially if it took a long time to get her to go to sleep in the first place.

My sleep is cut short because it takes so long to get to bed.. plus waking up in the middle of the night.. plus having to wake up early to go to work..

Can you say “dark circles?!”

Sigh.. a parent’s work is never done!

I guess I had to pay my sleep-deprived dues eventually…

This time change is just killing me.

Last year, M was still young and sleep came easily.  This year, it’s a battle.

It’s bad enough to feel like I’ve lost an hour of sleep every morning, but add a toddler who still can’t find the sleepiness to go to bed “an hour early” from what she’s used to.. it’s a Starbucks dream come true.  Coffee has once again been saving me these rough mornings..

I can’t really blame M.  This is only her second time dealing with the “Spring Forward” time change.. she doesn’t really know. 

I also deal with this every year.  Except last year.  I was just getting over all the “awake every 3-5 hours” thing with an infant M, that I was happy to get a good chunk of sleep whenever I could. 

“Spring Foward” is never going to get easier, is it?!

What are some ways that you cope with time change with toddlers and infants?

Little M is about 2 and a half weeks old now..

Time really flies.. and I wish that time would move just a little slower because I don’t want her to grow up too fast..

I’m trying to savor every little moment of her “newborn-ness” and it seems to go by hour by hour.. day by day.

It’s too fast for my own good..

Anyway.. these two weeks of “motherhood” have been great.. it’s a feeling that I can not put into words.. and I’m sure that every other mother can say the same thing..

I love being a mother..

Little M and I have a great little system going on..

She sleeps, and does her dirty diaper thing.. and I’m her milk machine and diaper changer.. its 24/7 type of job.. every 3 hours the cycle continues.. over and over again.. every 3 hour span of sleep is a little piece of heaven..

Thank God for Hubby and my mommy.. helping me out and giving me some extra pieces of sleep where I’m not half-awake thinking about Little M..

I’ve also resorted into sleeping with my glasses on.. I don’t think I’ve taken them off since she was born!  It just makes it easier to wake up and deal with her in the middle of the night for her feedings/diaper changes.. it’s one less thing I have to stumble around for while dealing with a crying baby..

Two weeks into mommyhood.. I’d give anything for an extra hour of uninterrupted sleep.. and maybe someone else to have milky boobs for just at least one feeding.. but other than that.. I wouldn’t trade my life in for anything else!


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