new baby flashbacks

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

I missed my "Monday in a minute" post yesterday. Blogging fail. I've been having a lot of those lately. I blame life.

Last night was a flashback to 15ish months ago when we brought our brand new baby girl home. And she didn't sleep. Not right away, anyways. I always thought new babies slept all of the time. They kinda do, just not when you want them to (like at night).



It started like any other night, dinner, bath, snuggles, story, more snuggles, a few songs and then sleepytime. Unfortunately for Mr. B and I, mini-me's sweet slumber ended at approximately 12:30am.

You know that feeling when you just get into a deep sleep and then are abruptly awakened? Not enjoyable.

Initially we thought it would be okay, she was happy, giving kisses and despite both of us being exhausted, she was too cute to be upset with. And then things took at turn around 2am. We suddenly had an inconsolable, thrashing, crying, miserable baby. This would be hard to deal with mid-day, feeling refreshed and having had ample caffeine. It's even more of a challenge when you're beyond tired and want nothing more than to just go back to sleep.

I think it was around 4 or 4:30 that she FINALLY fell asleep on Mr. B. This was after tylenol, water, cuddles, and a lot of crying. Oh, and mini-me got tylenol too ;)

Here's what I was reminded of:

  • As parents we have fun new super powers. Never  before would I have been able to go to work on so little sleep and I actually function. I even mustered up the strength to go on a 7km walk on my lunch with a coworker! 
  • One bad night of sleep, even among many good nights, is enough to scare the crap out of you. Despite how 'well' I was able to function today, I still find myself praying to the sleepy baby gods that this child is able to just miraculously go back to her 7:30 - 6:30 routine tonight. Mom and dad desperately need some sleep. Two nights of no sleep won't bode well for anyone.
  • I don't consider myself a patient person but sometimes I surprise myself how well I can hold it together when all I want to do is throw my own tantrum and cry and scream "I JUST WANT SLEEP". They make babies cute just so you're able to hold it together!
  • Once again, I can't say enough how much I respect single parents. Nights like last night are rough, but I had a partner in the misery. When I got too frustrated and needed a break he was ready to take over. I don't know how I'd cope with no one to take shifts.
  • I am so not ready to think about another baby yet. I need to have at least one child who can tell me what is wrong before I consider having another one who can't.

On that note, it's almost 9pm and this momma is hitting the sack.
Feel free to send sleepy baby vibes in our direction.


10 comments:

  1. Sending lots of sleeping vibes your way. I remember when my kids were little, and I felt like my world revolved around sleep - theirs and mine! They start sleeping well, and for about 12 years you feel well rested. Then they start driving and staying out late....I'm one of those moms who can't sleep until they're both home and tucked into bed :) Oh well, I guess I'll sleep in my 60's?

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    1. She SLEPT! Everytime I blog about her lack of sleep, she has a rockstar night but whatever works!

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  2. I give you (and all parents!!) credit! I'm a monster when I tired or hungry...sort of like a baby, huh? I know these type of nights are further down the road for me but I still worry about how I'll handle it all!

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    1. I was before I had a baby too, I think you don't realize how well you can function on so little sleep until you have no other choice!

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  3. I don't know if as a parent you ever go back to getting all the sleep you got before kids. When your kids are young, they can't tell you whats wrong and when they are older, some of the things they tell you just keeps you up a night. Hope that things have gotten better and you are getting some much needed rest!

    Jill
    dousedinpink.blogspot.com

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    1. hahah scary but likely so true Jill! YIKES!

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  4. She sure is lucky she is cute and cuddly! Can't say I know what the sacrifices/changes are like as of yet, but I admire that you do it all so graciously! xo

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    1. hahah some days she's very lucky she's cute!! xoxo

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  5. I thought newborns slept all the time too until I had my daughter. She couldn't put herself to sleep so she would get cranky and overtired. It was the weirdest thing but I learned to put her on a routine early on to help with that.

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    1. hahahah oh the things people lead us to believe!
      We weren't strict on a routine until later but I'll know better if there's a next time

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