My name is Amanda & I am a sleep junkie.
Well not as much as I used to be. I've always been one for my sleep. I love to snuggle into bed, especially in clean, crisp sheets & rest my head on my pillow. I love the 'cool side' of the pillow. I love to be covered up under blankets- the more, the better. If given the chance, I would always sleep for exactly 9.5 hours. I used to say 'I required 9.5 hours of sleep to function.'
If only that were a possibility anymore!
B will be 11 months old this week & he has 'slept through the night' 4 times in his short life. And by through the night I mean that he went down between 7:30-8pm, woke up once- before I went to bed between 10:30-11pm, & then didn't wake up until Hubs was getting up- 5:30-6am. Most of the time, he wakes up once before midnight, then once around 3am, & then when Hubs is up.
At this point, I'd kill for more than 3 hours of consecutive sleep.
We've been away from home for four of the past five (came home last night) nights & each night that we were away, B slept worse. Saturday night B was up every two hours. And we were awake from 3:30 - 5am. Luckily we were at my in-laws & when B woke up at 6:45, Hubs picked him up & took him to his mom, so that we could sleep in. Oh boy, did we! We slept until 9:30. Amazing!
I'm not sure what the issue is anymore. When we're away, B is typically sleeping in a pack & play, in the same room as us. I think a myriad of things bother him in that situation- the inevitable noise of us coming into the room, getting into bed, & tossing & turning in a bed that might as well be a tiny pile of rocks. When we're at home, however, I don't understand why he doesn't sleep better. I've tried everything I can think of- soothies (as in pacifiers), music, lovies, rocking, patting his bum, rubbing his back, different pajamas, hanging blankets of his crib to darken it, noise makers, a fan, & as much as I hated it , crying it out... the list goes on & on. Generally his awaking results in my nursing him back to sleep, because I KNOW that's the one thing that is guaranteed to work. However, nursing 2-3 times in the night doesn't really work for me anymore... I want my son to sleep. He is tired. He wakes up tired. He naps tired. He plays tired. I am tired. I wake up tired. I wish for naps, although they don't come. I am constantly tired. I think we both deserve more (as does Hubs, who wishes for a wife who wasn't so tired, come 9pm.)
Does anyone have any suggestions? How can I get this child to sleep? How can I get him to consistently sleep? ...how can I get some more sleep?