When I was pregnant, everyone said to get all the sleep you can before the baby was born. I did my best, but had a hard time sleeping due to hip pain and the wonderful world of waking up to pee all the time. I think this is pretty common among pregnant women.
13 weeks in , make that 14 weeks today, I am exhausted. Gavin had 1 week of really good sleeping, but now he seems to be regressing back to every 3 hours max waking up. At the beginning, exhaustion was expected during postpartum. Now though, getting my day in a somewhat structured routine is not working out quite well with this unexpected, “I don’t sleep, Mom,” turn of events. But, his 2 hours looks so peaceful!
Last night I was close to stabbing Adam with my laser beam stares. I was on the couch at about 8pm feeding the baby and explaining how exhausted I was, close to tears. The dinner I had put in the crockpot said it needed 4 hours, after 9 it still wasn’t ready to eat. I still had laundry to do and hadn’t accomplished 1/2 of the stuff on my Monday to do list. The next thing I know, I’m sitting next to a snoring husband, sound asleep. The laser beams from my eyes was nice compared to the thoughts in my head…kicking his legs off the couch so he woke up, getting Eunee to pounce on him, holding his nose and covering his mouth to make him wake up on his own…and that is just the beginning (I do love the man more than anything, I promise!)
There are so many articles out there about sleep deprivation and how to fix or at least manage some of it. After sorting through the many pages of advice from both Mom’s, magazines, and studies…these are the top 7 that work for us *I wish they really worked and he would sleep for 8 hours straight, allowing me to not be sleep deprived at all (wishful thinking)*
- Just say No to added responsibility.
- Cut yourself some slack, it is okay to miss a day at the gym or have a bowl of cereal or whatever is grabbable for dinner.
- Help your baby develop sleep patterns, or at least a bedtime routine, ours is bath, book, eat, cuddle – starting at 9pm.
- Put the baby in his/ her own room (we started that at 2.5 months).
- Sleep when the baby sleeps (I still to this day can’t do it, but when he sleeps, I do try to relax).
- No need for a baby monitor, I promise you will wake up when they are crying loud enough to need you.
- Remind your hubs that it is “Fake Hate” (Thank you cousin Matt for this term), you love him to bits, you are just exhausted and don’t mean tot take it out on him.
What do you do to deal with sleep deprivation? What advice can you give other Mom’s who are operating on 2-3 hour sleep spurts?
- Day 70: We may have a glitch in the sleep matrix (oliveredirected.wordpress.com)
- Wake Up Call! 10 Beauty Products for Sleep-Deprived Moms (babyzone.com)
- Pregnancy Sleep | Sleep Positions During Pregnancy | Sleep | BabyZone (babyzone.com)
- Understanding Sleep Deprivation Symptoms (sleeplesslady.wordpress.com)
- Mom Blog| Desperation Mode Activated| My Co-sleeping Story (topicspill.wordpress.com)
- Sleep Deprived and Cranky (jenniferlynncreations.wordpress.com)
- Importance of Baby’s Sleep Time (nappytimes.wordpress.com)
- Kids sleep patterns affected by electronic media time and media presence in the bedroom (medicalnewstoday.com)
- Sleep Secrets to use during Pregnancy and Beyond (naturallyorganic.wordpress.com)
- When Chantelle’s daughter started waking up too early (indiavision.com)