It has become a joke at our house that I don’t got to bed at night. I lay down for a series of short “naps.” I am not sure what is in the water but my kids are not big fans of sleeping all night. There is one awakening after another involving, breast milk (infant), potty( 3 year old) and bad dreams (6 year old). I am basically tag teamed by three boys every night, which isn’t as awesome as it sounds…..
Kevin, God love him, tries his best to help out and on some occasions is victorious. Mostly however, the little creatures want “Mommy” and are willing to scream until I stutter “okay, okay, I’m up, I’m up.” I wander up the stairs and to the bedroom of the needy child and attempt to quiet him before he wakes up any combination of his brothers. Elijah is really the one that gets me, he wakes up at least 4 times on most nights. It is not always to eat, sometimes it is to blow raspberries into the monitor so loud that I eventually wake up and plug his little motor boating mouth with a binky.
What I don’t understand is the waking up to eat. I mean for goodness sake he is 8 months old. He eats solid foods and drinks bottles all day long. Both Joshua and Isaac were sleeping 10-12 hours a night at this point. Little Eli never makes it more than 3 without needing something. He is still exclusively breast fed and part of me wonders if this is the “problem.” The other two boys had some combination of breast milk and formula by this point and it makes me think that is why they were better sleepers. Eli’s tummy is far too sensitive for formula thus far so I don’t really have a choice – it is either wake up to nurse him or wake up and comfort him while he screams like a wild turkey because the formula is peeling the lining off of his intestinal tract. The funny thing is – when he was 3 months old, I actually used to be concerned that he slept too much. Silly, silly mama. He would sleep 10 hours at a time and I brought my stupid, stupid concern to the pediatrician. I was afraid something was wrong with him. Oh, the irony. Less than a month later, the game of “wake up every few minutes and see if we can make mommy a crazy person” began with a vengeance.
I don’t know what advice you experienced Mama’s have for me. I am so very tired and I have tried just putting Eli in bed with us – he still wakes up. Granted I don’t have to huff up stairs to go get him when he does but I also don’t sleep as well with him right next to me. I am committed to nursing him until he is 1, but there has to be a better way. We both need more rest. I am not all that into the cry-it-out phenom, not sure that it is really best but maybe I need to consider it. All I know is that something has got to change because there isn’t enough coffee on the planet to keep me awake during the day and my night naps just aren’t cutting it.Read More