Who Needs Sleep?

November 22nd, 2010

As the mother of a wee creature, the question I’m asked most frequently is: “So, you getting any sleep?” To answer that query, I turn to the semi-immortal words of the Bare Naked Ladies…

Who needs sleep?
Well you’re never gonna get it
Who needs sleep?
Tell me what’s that for
Who needs sleep?
Be happy with what you’re getting
There’s a guy who’s been awake
since the Second World War.

In other words: no.

Little Bear is not yet demonstrating prowess as a super sleeper, I fear. For a little while there, we seemed to be settling into a good routine. He’d nurse around 8pm and then sleep until 2am. I can live with that.

Lately, however, he’ll have a big freak out between seven and eight, then go to sleep…only to rise again an hour later. Then he’ll sleep for a couple hours, then up. Then down for an hour or two, then up. Through sheer perseverance (read: not getting out of bed in the morning until 8am or later) I manage to rack up a reasonable amount of total hours of sleep, usually something like six or seven. But they’re seriously chopped up and all that up and down takes its toll.

I’ve tried swaddling and not swaddling, sleep positioner and no sleep positioner, in the bassinet and in my bed. Tonight, he’s tucked into his actual crib for the first time (he’s been mostly sleeping in a pack-n-play next to my bed until now) and has been down for about an hour and a half. Perhaps this will be the night of the sleeping breakthrough. Then again, I just heard him stir, so perhaps not…

One response to “Who Needs Sleep?”

  1. Isa says:

    Ugh. Good luck! It's so frustrating to have your sleep broken up like that. I hope he decides he wants nice long stretches of rest very soon!

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