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Monday, November 10, 2008

A GIFT


It's been a rough couple of days here... the baby is tired, but she just can't calm herself down enough to sleep. This leads to hysteria. She cries and cries until she is so stinking tired she just passes out. But as soon as you lay her down to nap, she wakes up crying. It's a vicious cycle.

Now, don't get the wrong idea, she's still a sweetheart, but she has her moments. And these moments seem to be happening more often than I'd like. Evenings and night time have been extremely challenging. She usually gets a good chunk of sleep in between 10pm and 2am, but then it becomes unpredictable. Sometimes a nighttime feeding will last a full three hours and before I can get back into bed she's ready to eat again. Again, it's a vicious cycle.

Yesterday she slept peacefully through church (making me look like a rockstar mom). The afternoon was a different story. She was cranky and hungry all afternoon. We finally settled her down after a bath and a good meal and she conked out on the couch around 8:30. I had a terrible headache so I went to bed, too, since I figured I'd be up again for feeding before midnight. Much to my surprise, I woke up at 1am and she was sound asleep in the bassinet beside me. I thought I heard her waking up so I laid back down preparing myself for her cry. What seemed like moments later, I heard the cry. Before sitting up, I looked at my watch and it was 3am. That's right, my baby gave me the glorious gift of 6.5 hours of sleep. I woke D up to see if he had fed her before going to bed around midnight and he said no. My baby must have known how much I needed the sleep and gave me a wonderful gift.

I'm feeling like a million dollars today. Even though the 3am feeding lasted until 4:30am, it didn't matter. I could have stayed up until morning with her at that point. I felt so good. Today's chores, grocery shopping and ironing, seemed like impossible tasks just 24 hours ago. Now they seem like a piece of cake.

I realize that her sleeping this long is probably going to be a rare occurrence, but if I can count on one amazing night of sleep a month I'll take it!

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Today: have already been to the pediatrician and received a shot (hep B vaccine). I think it hurt me more than it hurt her. We're going to grocery shop later this afternoon.

Studying: am still working through my epidemiology readings. My goal is to have all my readings finished by the end of the month (this is a lofty goal).

Clothes changes: babies have this wonderful tendency of having diaper accidents (aka poop explosions). We were in our second outfit before the sun was up this morning. It could be a long day!

5 comments:

Ruthie said...

I hear you! Last night was the first night Lily slept in her co-sleeper at night. She had been a nightowl wanting to be held at night or sleep on her daddy's belly. Having those 3 hrs of uninterrupted sleep makes me feel like a new woman! Not enough to find time to blog just yet, but getting there...

SARAH said...

Isn't it truly amazing how your perspective changes? Ben slept through the night (10-6) for the first time in AGES a few nights ago and it was so incredibly restorative, I felt like I could climb Mt. Everest or something. I few extra hours of sleep is intoxicating!

SARAH said...

Beck, forgot to mention--after much research, I ordered the Bob Revolution jogging stroller. I'll let you know how we like it. They have lots of different models though, so you may check out their more serious running strollers for INSANE people (YOU) who like to run 26.6 miles AT ONE TIME. :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Becky -
Baby girl might be missing the warmth and tight quarters she had for 9 months. Swaddling should help with getting herself all worked up. Does she do better in her carseat, where she is a little more confined? That's being cozy to a newborn. It's a misconception to think new babies want to stretch out after being cramped up for 9 months...they want a smooth transition. She'll let you know when she is done with swaddling...she'll kick right out of it. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

OH, and I almost forgot...I agree with the other blogger about the BOB revolution jogging stroller. I have the double for my 2 and 3 yr old. The double has a lockable front wheel for jogging, then you unlock it for everyday use...hopefully they have since done that to the single strollers. Its nice for running to have the locked wheel, but it is also nice to have it pivot when you use the stroller at the mall or something. Otherwise, you'll end up with 25 strollers!