Mar 26

Thu '15

Have you ever heard of this thing called sleep?

I don’t know how much longer I will be able to function on what little sleep we are getting in this house. I feel bad for Peter who has to get up early for work. At least I can sleep in a little bit longer than he can (as long as Ezri cooperates of course).

When we got pregnant, we were fully aware that sleep was going to be hard to come by for awhile. We expected to lose out on precious sleep. However, it is one of the hardest adjustments we’ve had to make. Ezri is “going through a phase” right now where she is very anti-sleep. It is absolutely exhausting. She slept pretty well for the first couple months of her life, then she sort of forgot how to sleep.

As a newborn, she would have stretches of sleep anywhere from 2-7 hours. It was great some nights and so-so other nights. But at least we’d still have a long stretch every now and then. Then she started sleeping only a maximum of 4 hours for her long stretch, which isn’t too bad either because she would sleep for another 3 hour stretch afterward. Now, it is extremely rare for her to go a full 3 hours at a time, even for her “long stretch.”

For the past 2.5 weeks, I’ve been getting up with Ezri 3-10 times a night. That is from 8pm-8am. Peter has been getting up a few times as well, but of course I’m awake longer because I have to nurse her. She doesn’t necessarily need to nurse each time she wakes up, but she can’t seem to fall back to sleep on her own lately. She used to be able to, I swear. So we put the soother in or rock her and she sleeps for 45 minutes to 1.5 hours and then is up again. She seems to sleep a bit better when she is in bed with us. It may not be the safest way to sleep, but at this point I don’t care. Sleep is sleep. I just don’t want her to get into the habit of sleeping in our bed.

I really don’t get why she is hating sleep. It is definitely starting to wear on Peter and I. Today, I dozed in and out on Ezri’s floor while she napped in her crib. I didn’t care how how uncomfortable or cold it was. It didn’t matter. I was/am so tired. At least I got a teeny ounce of sleep, I suppose. 

I am looking for things to explain this sudden hate of sleep and one huge thing comes to mind. Coincidently, she had her 4 month immunizations 2.5 weeks ago and that is exactly when she started sleeping poorly. Also, to note, she started hating riding in the car right after she had her 2 month immunizations. Now I am very supportive of vaccinating our kids because I think it helps protect them and everyone around them. However, I am starting to really wonder about the side effects. Seriously, is it just coincidence that these changes in behaviour are happening right after Ezri has her shots? Or could it actually be caused by the shots??? I really can’t think of any other explanation at the moment. Of course, it’s some-what hard for my sleep deprived brain to think anyway.

Anyway, long story not so short, I am very tired and I really, really hope Ezri starts sleeping well again soon. Oh and she’s a little bit of a tricky monster too. Let me explain: she won’t sleep at night when Peter and I want her to sleep, but when we have to get up in the morning because we have something to do, she doesn’t want to wake up. I took this photo this morning when I was trying to wake her up as we had to go out. She just kept on looking cute and sleeping. Argh, I’m never going to win!!

Sleepy baby

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4 Responses to “Have you ever heard of this thing called sleep?”

  • Babykitten —
    March 26, 2015 @ 6:32 pm

    Have you heard of wonder weeks?? You can google it. If you read it, it seems that she is her 4th or 5th leap. It explains so much. I hope it helps you.

  • Shannon
    March 29, 2015 @ 3:40 pm

    I did a couple of things when both of my children were babies. Whenever they would sleep, even if it were for a short time, I would sleep too so that I was getting enough sleep to handle their erratic sleeping patterns. When it seemed to get a bit better, I started laying them on top of shirts of mine. My grandmother says that babies know their parents scents and that it’s soothing to them, even when they’re asleep. My children would sleep longer if they thought they were sleeping next to me. It actually worked.

  • Kirsten
    March 30, 2015 @ 5:45 pm

    I don’t have kids but I know what lack of sleep is like. It really sucks. I wish I could offer suggestions, etc but all I can really do is read right now since I have never had to take care of a child or have never had any of my own. I hope her phase is over soon and she starts sleeping better for the both of you!

  • Cat
    March 30, 2015 @ 11:56 pm

    The lack of sleep and having to get up so many times a night sounds really tough 🙁 I hope this is just a phase that will pass soon, and that she’ll go back to having longer stretches of sleep. I hope you’ll be able to get some more rest soon!

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