As any new mum will know, lack of sleep is a killer. Ok, so when I was pregnant I knew that once Little arrived I wouldn’t get much sleep, but I didn’t know just how much sleep I’d lose!
In the 9 months since Little was born, she must have slept through (and by that I mean 10-5 with a bit of moaning and wriggling in between) for a total of 10 days! This was back when she was about 6 months old and since then we’ve had constant wake ups and 1-2 night feeds to contend with. The last few weeks have felt like we’ve had a newborn again and I’ve really felt like I’ve been cracking up through lack of sleep!
I’m due to go back to work in January and dreading it (though for more reasons than sleep but that’s another story) and I’ve been so worried about how I’ll function on such little sleep.
We’ve tried everything; white noise, night light/no night light, increased feeds, teething gel/powder/liquid, and every other thing people suggest to us. But our child just does not like to sleep!
If one more person says to me “sleep when she sleeps” I might scream. I get it, and in the early days I did, but when a baby who doesn’t sleep at night refuses to nap in the day for more than 10 mins in my arms, when do I sleep? And if she does nap for longer and I manage to get her napping in the cot, which we’ve had a few times recently, then I really need to clean, cook, so washing and all those other things that adults do!
But here’s the miracle. Last night she slept through! Ok, so technically she did wake for a feed at 12am but then she slept until 6.A.M!! No 3am trek in the dark to try and soothe her back to sleep, bumping in to the banister because I’m so tired. No return trip at 3.30am and 4am and then sleeping with her for a bit to try and settle her. No 5.30am wake up because I just give up trying to get her off to sleep again. Hallelujah! It’s a Christmas miracle.
It’s amazing what a bit of sleep does. She happily played in her cot for 30 mins after she woke and I got a shower and washed my hair. We came down, had a bottle and a play and then I cooked myself some breakfast, poached egg on toast, and we’ve been out for a walk. I actually feel so much better and like I can get things achieved today.
What did we do differently? Nothing much, although due to her cold we put a bowl of hot water in the room and a calpol plug in. She also had 6oz of milk instead of the usual 5oz. Yesterday she had two really long naps. Does sleep breed sleep? Does a scented room help her sleep? Who knows but I’ll be doing the same tonight. I know it might be a fluke but I’m praying that I get a nice interrupted snooze tonight too.
What helps your little one sleep? If you’re struggling though lack of sleep, what helps you get through the day?
Little Big Love