Thursday, March 27, 2014

Ten glorious hours.

Olivia has never been a great sleeper.

We gave up naps long before Amelia came.  She can stay up as late as any adult and still be up before the sun rises.  She's just one of those people that can get away with only a few hours of sleep and still function.  She gets it honestly though from several members of our family, her daddy being one of those.  She does not get it from me.

When I was pregnant with Amelia, I can't tell you how many times I heard "this one is going to be the complete opposite....this one is going to sleep!"

Well, they all lied...

Or, they jinxed me.

Amelia seems to be an even worse sleeper than Olivia is.  Once again, I'm sure she gets it honestly. 

Here we are over eight months old and Amelia is still getting up 3+ times a night.  Yes, for almost nine months now, I've been getting up with her 3 or more times a night.

Y'all I'm beyond tired these days. I'm pretty much living off of caffeine.

When you only have one, it's easy, you sleep when the baby sleeps.  When you have two, that's just not possible.  School/lunch/whatever the other needs, has to be done during those short....very short...windows of time.

Which speaking of naps....Amelia only naps for 30 minute incraments.

I'm serious.

If you get her to sleep over a 40 minute nap, you celebrate.

With both kids, I've done it all.  All the tricks and tips.  I've read the babywise and happiest baby on the block books, but nothing those books have suggested help my kids sleep.

I've come to terms my kids just aren't sleepers.  However, the no sleeping deal doesn't get easier till a kid is about 3 years old, which means we have a long way to go with Amelia.

This week, we've had a couple of rough nights....okay, more like five rough nights in a row.  Tuesday night, Amelia got up at least six times.  She had everyone up at 3am.  It was so bad, we had to bring Olivia in bed with us because Amelia kept waking her up with her screams...not crying...screams.

So David has decided he's taking on the responsibility of getting her to sleep through the night.  Yes, it's going to involve crying it out.  There is no way around it. I personally can't do it.  Olivia was much older when I finally just let her cry it out, but it was a lot easier because she was only getting up once a night from 6 months on and she was all the way on the other side of the house.

In case your curious, since the girls are sharing a room, we've decided the only way to do this is have Olivia sleep in our room with me and he sleep in Olivia's bed until he accomplishes his goal.

Last night was the first night and he said she was up for the majority of the night, but  he did manage to get her to make it down to only one feeding.   I laughed though when he was stumbling around and could barely get himself together this morning....feeling my pain yet, honey?

I on the other hand got ten glorious hours of uninterrupted sleep.

TEN HOURS OF UNINTERRUPTED SLEEP!!!!

Y'all I cannot remember when the last time that happened. I'm pretty sure that didn't even happen while we were on the cruise. 

It was wonderful!!!  I seriously woke up feeling like a new person.

However, David looked like he was going to gave a rough one.

So say a prayer for him and that night two goes much better.

I'll be off conquering the world today!


1 comment:

Jennifer said...

Wow - ten hours! That's amazing - what a treat!!!! (o:

I hate to tell you this, but I was lucky enough to have two good sleepers. Jacob isn't much of a good napper, but he sleeps through the night, so I can't complain. If he had sleep through the night issues, I may have given him away because he's generally awful if he's awake. I think he enjoys being miserable.

Either way, I'm glad you're hopefully turning a sleep corner. Here's to more ten hour sleep-filled nights in your future!