25 August 2012

Night Owl

I'm going to be really surprised if I can form enough coherent sentences right now to make an actual post.

I thought about just typing fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck over and over again just to get it out of my system but I've mellowed out a bit since that thought crossed my mind.

This is the first time in a long time that I've been completely stressed out by my child.

 I get it, parenthood is crazy. There is no predictable part of a baby's schedule, no matter how much you think you have it down.

Life is all about sacrifices now.

Natalie's sleeping habits have been all over the goddamn place though and it's driving me insane.

For the past few nights she's been going to bed really late. Between 10:30 pm-1:00 am. I'm not going to go into talking a whole lot about what I thought was her typical sleep schedule, but she usually went to bed at nine.

I can deal with waking up a few times a night to feed her. I can handle having to force myself out of bed earlier then I'd like to in the mornings. I can't deal with her staying awake until one in the morning, while I have to be at work the next day, bright and early.

I've had a really long day. I know I should be sleeping as it's close to midnight now but I need to vent and have a little "me" time.

Again, I get the whole, world revolving around your child crap. That doesn't mean I can't get emotionally distressed every once in awhile.

I am certain no one is going to offer me any miraculous advice (is chloroform safe for babies?) but if you think you can help then be my guest and share your insights.

If you don't have any tips, don't feel bad. We're having some friends over tomorrow for a cookout and I'm planning on drinking my ass off.

That always helps me get through rough patches and sleep a bit better at night.


16 Thoughts :

Megan August 26, 2012 at 11:34 AM  

Only thing I can say is around 8-10 months babies go through a sleep regression period. Their routine gets all screwed up because their minds can't shut off.

I know that doesn't help, but atleast getting shit faced will. :)

Sean Marie August 26, 2012 at 12:43 PM  

That actually does help a bit Meg, thanks. Hope you and your girls are having a great weekend. :)

Venassa August 26, 2012 at 3:24 PM  

Hmm I dont know what to tell you. Mine's been a decent sleeper since she was 6 months or so. Maybe her daytime routine needs to change? I have no clue what her daytime routine is but maybe her nap is keeping her rested for a longer?

Ali August 26, 2012 at 5:34 PM  

Sean, HONESTLY, why are we the same person!? I am going through the same problem here and I am gonna snap any day now if it doesn't get better! U-G-H-!

Megan August 26, 2012 at 8:20 PM  

Glad I could help, even if it was only a little bit. :) And thanks, we did.

Sean Marie August 26, 2012 at 8:37 PM  

That's kinda what I'm thinking. Her nap time schedule has changed a lot and been everywhere too. Today she took a nap and woke up at one. She usually falls asleep again around three or four and she definitely seemed tired enough to, but would not go down. She finally fell asleep close to seven and I woke her up like fifteen minutes later, even though I knew she was cranky. I'm hoping she won't stay up all damn night since she had a late night nap.

Sean Marie August 26, 2012 at 8:38 PM  

Haha, right? We are always on the same page, going through the same thing. I hope this gets better soon, for the both of us!

marie August 27, 2012 at 2:39 AM  

You're in it all right, it's so hard the unpredictability of it all. I am not the expert but I am a big fan of them crying it out. It you try this you have to stick with it or they'll call your bluff. I think the book I read was 'Happy sleep habits healthy baby' (or some title along those lines. Usually I just go with my gut and don't read any parenting stuff but I found this book aligned with everything I already thought.

Sarah August 27, 2012 at 10:13 AM  

Ha! You crack me up so much and really say what most of us are thinking. Parenting is UBBER hard and while I believe our worlds should revolve around our children, it doesn't mean that they should get their way all the time! I only have a tiny suggestion in that Drew changes SO much if he's not on his routine. If he naps later, or goes to sleep later, or other variables change, he's a different baby. I don't know what your nap schedule is like, but maybe try to really stick to a routine of bottles at certain times and naps at certain times? Either way, just take a deep breath! You'll get through it!

Krista August 27, 2012 at 10:35 AM  

My heart goes out to you, sleep issues are the worst. I swear if someone wants to torture me, they can just keep waking me up when I'm trying to sleep and I'll tell them anything they want just to be left alone. Hope it settles down soon!

Shannon August 27, 2012 at 11:37 AM  

Booo - I'm so sorry. How could someone as adorable as Natalie give you problems at night? Doesn't seem possible. Although I can't give you advice (and for that, I'm selfishly grateful), I can send positive sleep vibes your way.

I'll even sing an internet lullaby for Natalie.

Go to sleep...
Go to sleep...
Before your mommy loses it....

Amy August 27, 2012 at 9:15 PM  

I have no advice, just know that I have been there. It might not be right now, and I am may be joining you again in a few month, weeks, days, who knows because as you said, babies are so unpredictable. I hope that this "phase" she is in ends soon and you get your sleep back! Hang in there!!

Mama August 27, 2012 at 9:57 PM  

Have you thought about getting her one of these??


We just gave one to Ladybug recently, and Lovebug has had his for about a year... We don't put it in her crib, it's on her book shelf...but it distracts her and keeps her quiet... and keeps her from screaming for me!

Sean Marie August 27, 2012 at 11:07 PM  

I had a sound machine with a projector on it but that never seemed to help her. We just used it as a night light until it burnt out. I think my niece has one of those though, I may steal it from her just to give it a test drive! Thanks!

Sean Marie August 27, 2012 at 11:13 PM  

Ha! Thanks Shannon! I don't know if your lullaby will help her, but it definitely made me laugh which helps. :) Thanks!

Sean Marie August 27, 2012 at 11:16 PM  

Thanks Sarah! I am trying to adjust her nap time but that's a struggle too. She tells me when she's tired and there's not much I can do about it! Good to know I'm not alone though!