Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Sleep makes everything better

On Saturday night, I slept for 9 hours straight. 9 hours! On Sunday, the world was brighter. I was happy. I was patient (or much more than usual). I was productive. On Sunday night, I slept for 8.5 hours straight. Last night, I slept for 8 hours. I'm a new person.

Prior to Saturday, we went through weeks (too many to count) of night and early morning waking. At it's worst, Teagan was waking 4 times in the night and Quinn started the day at 4:30am. The "best" we experienced was 1-2 night wakings. After six-ish weeks of this, I hit a wall. I was beyond exhausted. The girls were exhausted. We were all throwing tantrums. Our fuses were short. They fought with each other. We all yelled. Last Monday, I cried. Many times. I couldn't stop it or hide it from the girls. They asked what was wrong. "I'm so tired, guys. You've been waking Mommy up too much in the night." I didn't mean to guilt trip my 3-year olds. My friend said, "Congratulations! You are now certified to be a stereotypical Jewish mother. Mazel Tov!" She's Jewish. I needed a laugh. That night they slept and didn't wake until 7:00am. Hmmm….

(This is the main reason for my radio silence on the blog. I promise that I haven't forgotten about it.)

9 comments:

  1. We've been going through something similar but we are going on months of it now :( I think it's been going on so long because of the move. This morning G finally slept in unil 8, K & C are sleeping a little later, 7-ish but still waking a few times through the night

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    1. Man I feel for you. Our really bad stretch started in October when we went to San Fran. Prior to that, they were up an average of 5 nights per week. I can't remember the last time we had a full week of good sleeping! When will this end for all of us?!

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  2. Maybe I will try the guilt trip & see if it works on the boys. I'd try anything at this point!

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  3. Do you think I could guilt trip an almost two-year old?

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    1. I'm all for the guilt trips now. Go for it ;)

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  4. Sleep is such a wonderful thing when you get it. My kids all wake me about 2 or more times a night still. They like to switch beds and find me during the night. I am thinking a night at a hotel would be like the best gift ever. lol

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  5. I wouldn't call it a guilt trip, more like explaining the consequences of their behaviors. It's import for kids to learn to think about how their actions affect others, right?

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  6. I'm an avid sleep trainer. That said, Boo slept on my chest 90% of our recent vacation...because dammit it was vacation and we needed sleep!!!! Besides, Jewish moms are awesome :)

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  7. Lack of sleep is a killer in early childhood. I am not sure how some of us function at all. Congrats on some type of resolution. Guilt induced or not ;)

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