Hi dear readers!
I have taken some time off. I acquired such a sleep debt that I could not even write a decent sentence. Fortunately, for the past two nights, I have been blessed with 5-6 hour stretches of sleep, and am finally feeling sane again!
I decided to dedicate this post to addressing sleep in hope that another mother out there will read this, and feel that she’s not alone in the struggle.
“Sleep is sanity” my friend told me over lunch one day. I couldn’t agree more. Here is my story:
London first slept through the night when she was just 7 weeks old. The next week, we took her to Florida for her first trip to visit family. I remember telling everyone how great of a little sleeper she was. She even slept great in her crib at my mother in law’s house. The night we returned home to Dallas on Labor Day, London woke every few hours. I had heard that it was common for travel to mess up a baby’s sleep schedule, so I wasn’t too worried at the time. Fast forward six and a half months later, and she still hadn’t slept through the night.
Now I know what everyone says, “she’s old enough to sleep through the night, just let her cry”. Easier said than done. Beginning around five months, we went through the teething stage, and concluded that once she stopped teething, we would be back in business. Not the case. Then at six months, we concluded that once she started eating solid foods, she would be full enough to sleep through the night. Still not the case.
London became accustomed to having her nightly visits with me. In desperation, I read multiple books, namely On Becoming Babywise, and Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, and concluded that we had to just let her cry it out. We tried gradual “extinction” as they call it many times. What I learned from these experiments was that my baby could outlast me, and that I am incapable of utilizing this method.
Now, at eight and a half months old, after soliciting advice from many friends and eventually resorting to co-sleeping, I think I may have figured out the problem..
Our pediatrician advised that our baby’s nursery should stay between 68-72 degrees, so we keep our thermostat set at 70 degrees. London sleeps in kickee pants footed pajamas with a lightweight bamboo sleep sack by Aden and Anais. I lay her Little Giraffe Feather Yarn blanket over her when she goes down, but she usually rolls over or kicks it off in the night. This past Saturday night, I put her in a different sleep sack by Kyte, which is also bamboo but thicker than her usual one. She woke at her usual times in the night but went back to sleep without much crying until morning. Sunday night, same story.
It’s only been two nights so fingers crossed that this isn’t a fluke, but I want to share with anyone who may be as sleep deprived to try adjusting your thermostat or your baby’s sleep sack! My guess is that London may have been wanting to nurse in the middle of the night for body warmth!
Another tip, a consistent evening routine. Ours now consists of:
-a calming bubble bath (I use California Baby)
-massage (I use Neals Yard Remedies lotion)
-play “ocean waves” sound from her 4moms mamaroo sound machine
And if you still aren’t getting any sleep, stay tuned for my next post on how to survive without sleep! I’m pretty practiced at that..
Till then.. thanks for stopping back by!