Those of you who have been reading for a while will know how we really struggled with Emma when it came to sleep. Basically she just didn’t sleep. EVER. She didn’t nap, she didn’t sleep at night, she basically spent her days laughing at David and my attempts to get her to sleep. She still doesn’t sleep through but settles fairly easily so it is manageable.
When Baby R arrived it obviously took some time for him to settle but he has settled nicely and has been sleeping through. He also has 2 long naps in the day. He is, in fact, the first child I have successfully sleep trained.
Yesterday something happened and he decided that sleep was not for him. He fought us at bedtime which was very strange. He was happy for us to hold him but the minute he was in the cot, his eyes popped open and he screamed and screamed. He did settle and we, naively, assumed that was that.
At 00:01 he started crying. Usually if he does wake we pop the dummy in or give him a bottle and he settles. Not last night. He actually threw the bottle away and swiped the dummy out of my hands. He was having NONE of it. I pick him up, he is calm. Put him down, he is screaming.
Eventually after tag teaming it unsuccessfully we put him in our bed. He is quiet and calm BUT not sleeping. So it’s hands in faces, feet in backs, baby talk. One o’clock comes and goes, Baby R is not concerned, he is happily cruising around our bed while we plead with him to SLEEP. Two o’clock comes and goes and I stop checking the time and somehow fall asleep.
Emma walks in at 4h54 and is greeted by a VERY wide away Baby R. So I have no idea if he actually slept at all between 00:01 and 4h54!
As you know life doesn’t stop because the baby didn’t sleep! So David and I managed to get everyone out the house by 6h17 and get to our weekly networking session by 6h45. It is now 12h15 and I have fetched both Cameron and Kiara, popped into the shops to get Kiara a dance outfit. Kiara has been dropped at her dance exam, Cam is with his coach and I am working from Woolies.
The point is, it is possible to function on 4 hours of sleep. It is sort of like riding a bicycle right? To be honest I would rather be riding a bike up the side of a mountain in 60 degree heat than dealing with no sleep!
I am a little stumped as to the cause of the disruptions last night. He is teething but when he was in our bed he was happy as larry which makes me think he wasn’t in pain. It could just be a bit of a separation anxiety thing. Who knows. I just hope tonight is better!
I hope you had a peaceful night 🙂
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