Thursday, March 31, 2011

Cranky Pants

Last night little man went to bed at 9:30.  I put him down fully awake, but he was tired and did not make a peep!  He woke up at 11:30 and I nursed him. He only woke up two more time, but that was probability because I was so tired that I fell asleep with him in the twin bed (don't worry I put pillows down so he won't fall off). He woke up at 6am this morning when I was getting my daughter off to school.  I think that he like see her off to the bus, but I am paying for it now.  He is cranky! Now he knows how I feel when I  don't get enough sleep.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

I can get him to sleep. It's keeping him asleep that the problem!

 Last night I put Little  Man to bed at 10pm.  This time I nursed him first, then changed him and read him a book.  I made sure that this time I put him to bed awake.  Again to my surpise he went right to sleep with no crying. 
But at 12am he woke up crying and I went into his room to nurse him.  I kept my phone with me so I could tell what times Little Man woke up.  He woke up every 2 hours (at 1:50pm 3:40pm and 5:30).  At one of those feeding he really did not nurse ever long (I think I was used as a pacifer). 
I am happy that he is able to go to sleep on his own at night, but I just wish that I could figure out how to keep him asleep ALL NIGHT!

{We have been praying for this for 4weeks now}

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Sleeping Beauty gets some beauty sleep.

Last night Little man went to sleep about 9pm.  I read him a  put him in his pajamies, read him a book, and nursed him.  I made sure that this time I put him in his crib awake.  I thought that he would cry, but he did not.  He went right to sleep.  He woke up at 11:30pm and I nursed him and then put him back in his crib.  He woke up a few more times that night, but I am not sure of the times.  I must have had some sleep, because I feel rested.  I even forgot to set my alarm and did not wake up until 7:30am.  It is so nice to get some sleep even if it is just a little.

So I guess my wish did come true.  I did turn into sleeping beauty even if only for a little while. 

Monday, March 28, 2011

not help for this sleeping beauty

little man and i went to his well visit with his doctor.  i asked her about why he is not sleeping through the night and she could not figure out why.  i was doing everything right.  i guess i was hoping that she could tell me what i was doing wrong.  that she would wave her magic wand  and he would sleep through the night, but fair tales are not real.  if they were i would wish i was sleeping beauty.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

A little sleep is better then none

Well I did not blog yesterday, not because I was sleeping, but was busy.  My hubbie did get my daughter and oldest off to school so that I could sleep in as much as possible.  I really do have a great husband.  I also went over to a friends house to help her home school her kids.  I try to teach a science lesson, but my mind was not as clear as I would have liked it to be. 
Last night my hubbie and oldest left to go camping with the boy scouts, so I was left with the two youngest.  I was able to get them off to bed early, but I had a hard time going to sleep without my hubbie next to me.  I did not get to sleep until 12am and then Little Man came calling at 1am for his feeding.  So I took him into my room to nurse in my bed and we sleep there for the night.  He still woke up for multible feeds, but I did not have to get out of bed to do it, so I slept better.  My daughter woke me up at 7am this morning.  Since she is used to getting up at 5:50, I guess this was sleeping in for her.  So I  gave her her meds and changed her diaper (remember she has rett syndrome)  and then I told her she could come and sleep in my bed with me and Little Man, but just when we are about to dose off the dog starts scratching to get in.  It was about 8am by then so we were all up. 

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Either sleep or a cranky baby. You cannot have both!

So last night I was finally able to get 3.5 hours of uninterrupted sleep!  The only down side to that was I had to keep him up most of the day and he was cranky all day.  We woke up from our nap at 10am yesterday, and he took another nap from 2-3pm (in the car while I was picking up my oldest from school) and took another nap at 7:30 for less then an hour. Then I put him to bed at 10:30pm and he did not wake up until 3am.  He woke up at 4:30 and again at 5:30 to nurse.  It seems like the only way that I can get him to sleep more than 2-3 hours at a time at night is to keep him up all day. 

He is crying in his crib in his bedroom as I type.  I nursed him, but he does not want to go to sleep.  He has been up since 8am with about an hour nap (in the car).

I don't know which is worse a cranky baby or not sleeping.   Wait, I do know!   NOT SLEEPING IS WORSE!

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

WARNING: Sleeply mom should not do laundry!

When I got home from taking my oldest son to school.  I climbed back into my bed and nursed Little Man back to sleep.  We both we able to sleep 2 more hours.  Yea!  I will take what I can get.  I felt so much better with just two extra hours of sleep.  I felt well rested.  So, I started to think maybe my cloudy mind would clear up.  (last week I was putting things that go in the refrigerator in the pantry and forgetting ingredients in recipes.  Not at all like me!)

That was until I decided to do a load of laundry.  I  took the clothes out of the dryer and put them in a laundry basket.  Then I put the clean wet clothes in the dryer and turned it on.  I separated the dirty clothes and put a load full in the washer.  I measured out the soap and preceded to put it in the fabric softener compartment in the washer.  When I realized what I had done, I had to clean out the fabric softener compartment.  I guess my mind is not as clear as I thought it was. 

Still no Sleep for mom

Last night was one of the worst so far.  I was so tired already from not sleeping the weeks before and then I had to take my daughter to PT and Speech and Language, and then Girl Scouts.  As soon as I got home around 9pm and got the kids to bed.  Then I got myself ready for bed and tried to go to sleep by around 10pm.  I had such a hard time getting to sleep.  I kept waiting to hear little man wake up.  He did around 12:00am.  I nursed him and tried to go back to bed, but I could sleep in his room, so I went back to my room and tried to sleep.  It was 1am by this time.  I think he woke up again at 2:30 ish ( I am not sure of the time because I wear glasses and I was so tired that I could not see the clock clearly).  He woke up about every hour or two.  At 5:55 I woke up to my hubby getting my daughter off to the bus.  I think that I have a total of 4 hours sleep.  Now I have to take my oldest to school.  I don't know how I am going to drive him there with out falling a sleep at the wheel.  I hope this post make since!   

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Still no sleep for mom

I really should write Ditto for yesterday morning.  Little man work up at 2am so I nursed him, then woke up at 4am so I nursed him, and woke up at 5am so I nursed him.  then I had to get up at  5:50 to get my daughter off to the bus.  I was surprised that he did not wake up when my alarm when off (the alarm was on my phone sitting on the nightstand next to the bed in his room).  He whimpered a bit, but never fully woke up.  Even when I was making noise getting her ready he still stayed a sleep.  I was not until 6:45 when I decided to take a shower (in a bathroom far away from his room) that he woke up.  Of course he woke  up as soon as I put shampoo in my hair.
I nursed him at 7am and then I had to take my oldest to school so he slept in the car on the way there and back which took a hour.  I am glad that he was able to sleep.  So I have been up  since 5am  and with about 4 hours of total sleep last night.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Good Night Take 2

So tonight I had to take my oldest to Boy Scouts at 7pm and Little man feel asleep in the car. He was only asleep for about an hour, but I don't know how that will effect his sleeping tonight.  I took him to bed at 10:50 and read him a story, nursed him and then left the room.  Just as I did last night!  I will let you know how it went tomorrow. 

Cat Naps During the Night

Last night was the same old same old.  I thought keeping him up later would make him sleep longer, but it didn't!  I did not get to bed until after 12am.  My hubbie was watching TV and I could not sleep.  Little Man decided to wake up at 1:53am that is only 3 hours of sleep for him and less then 2 for me.  So I went into his room and nursed him and put him back in his crib.  He went right to sleep, but for some reason he does not sleep for more then 2-3 hours straight without needing to nurse.  So about every 2-3 hours I would pick him up and nurse him and try to put him back in his bed before I fell back asleep. 
I had to wake up at 6am to get my daughter to the bus.  My hubbie saw how tired I was and he got her off to school, but I just could not go back to sleep.  It wasn't until 7:30am when my hubbie drove my oldest son to school, that I deiced to take little man to my bed to sleep.  He still work up ever two hours to eat, but his time I could nurse him in my bed and fall right asleep.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

It begins

So this is what I did tonight.  At about 8:30 I fed Little man (barley and sweet potatoes)  then I nursed him twice but only for a little while each time until 10pm.  I knew that he was getting tired and cranky, but I kept him up until 10pm.  I nursed him in the chair in the living room (that when I remember that I was going to try the new sleep method).  So I took him in his room, turned the light on and changed his diaper.  I turned off the light and left the light to the closet on while I read him a book "where's the cat".  After we read the book  I told him it was night time.  I held him in my arms as I turned off the closet light, then we laid on the twin bed in his room and I nursed him.  He pulled off a couple of time and started to make sucking sounds.  I laid him in his crib and walked out and shut the door.  When I looked at the clock is was 10:45pm.  I have not heard a sound from him since, so he must be asleep. BUT FOR  HOW LONG?  I will let you know tomorrow!

New Sleep Method

Today I am going to start a new sleep method with my little man.  It is the Self Soothing Method.  I have created a routiue for him.   It is basicly the routine that he has himself scheduled.  I am going to put on this PJ, read him a book with only the closet light on and then turn off all the lights while I nurse him on a twin bed in his room.  Then when he is almost asleep, I am going to move him into his crib.  Then I will quitely leave the room.  When he wakes up during the night I am going to go into his room without turing on the lights or saying a word I am going to pick him up and lay him on the bed and nurse him.  When he is done nursing I am going to put him back in his crib.  I will repeat this until it is moring time.  I will let you know how it all works out!

Sleep Club

The number one rule of sleep club is that no one talks about sleep club.  (this is a parede of a scene in the movie fight club)  In this movie (that  my husband forces me to watch) the main character is basically going crazy because of lack of sleep.  He develops an alter ego that he "fights".  I guess I kind of felt like that yesterday. 

Saturday, March 19, 2011

mid-day nap? Not for me!

It is 1pm and both my youngest ones are asleep.  I wish I could sleep like they do.  I am so tired and have a headache from lack of sleep.  I want to wake up little man so that maybe he will sleep better tonight, but I won't.

I am still up

last night i finally decided to nurse Jaxson at 2am and he fell right to sleep, but was up again at 5am. So I nursed him at 5am and he was up again at 7am so I nursed him and now he is up and it is 9am. I cannot help but ask myself will this ever end?

No Sleep for Mom

well its 1:16am and I am trying to let Jaxson "cry it out" but after a 12pm feeding and now over an hour of crying. I am not sure that I am up to this. I was hoping that after the first few days he would cry less and less, but it does not seem that way. It so hard to sit here and listen to him scream when I know that if I nursed him he would go right to sleep... OH SLEEP I have been up for 18 hours now!