Sleep. It’s been on my mind a lot lately.
The lack of it.
The need for it.
And how to get more of it.
a condition of body and mind such as that which typically recurs for several hours every night, in which the nervous system is relatively inactive, the eyes closed, the postural muscles relaxed, and consciousness practically suspended
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines sleep as:
: the natural periodic suspension of consciousness during which the powers of the body are restored
It wasn’t always like this. For the first few months sleep wasn’t an issue. Sure she’d be up numerous times at night to nurse but then she’d fall back asleep quickly. And without fanfare. We thought we’d been given a break from the sleep gods.
You see, our son was not a good sleeper. From the time he was born up until 11 months of age, sleep was very challenging. Getting him to sleep and keeping him asleep was a workout. And sleep deprivation was hard. Really, really hard. There were lots of tears (his & mine). There was
crying bawling into pillows (me). It was lonely. It was confusing. It totally sucked.
Back to now. Our daughter is now 5 months old. She’s teething. She’s preparing to crawl. And she’s not very interested in sleep. I get it. There will be regressions. But I’m so freaked out about going down that same road of delirious despair. Is she just going through a temporary blip in her sleep career? Or do we have another many months ahead of a high need baby with lots of sleepless nights?
Have you experienced a baby who wasn’t interested in sleep? How long did it last? What did you do about it? How did you handle the sleep deprivation?
More importantly, are you available between the hours of 2am & 5am to play with my baby while I sleep?
buddhiLove & buddhiHugs