Sleep

Madelyn sleeps with her bunny

Madelyn is a busy girl. Very busy. So busy that sleep seems optional for her.

“Normal” babies are supposed to sleep 14 hours a day at Madelyn’s age. Ha! It’s a struggle to get the bee to sleep before 9:00pm, and if we do, she’s up at 5:00am, ready to play. Here are two typical days from this week:

  • Erin started “night night time” at 9, and Madelyn rolled around her crib and fidgeted until 9:45, when I took over. Busy bee finally fell asleep around 10. She only woke up once to nurse (2:00am) but was up for good at 5:30 the next morning. (8.5 hours sleep.)
  • I put Madelyn down at 8:45, trying twice to get her to fall asleep by herself, but ending up holding her. She woke at 1:30 and 5:00, then again at 6:30. Erin got her back to sleep, but at 7:20 she was up for good; we put her down and let her run around our room playing for a while. (10.5 hours sleep.)

The worst part is that the less sleep Madelyn gets, the less we get. And I still haven’t gotten used to that. I don’t mind getting up early with her. But it’s hard to get up at 5:30 when I went to bed after midnight. And I feel compelled to stay up late; it’s one of the times I have to get things done.

But the other strategy is probably better: getting up very early. Perhaps I’ll try that for a week or so and see what happens.

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2 Responses to Sleep

  1. Anna says:

    Yikes! I feel your pain, but it’s good to know we are not alone! Add to that mix a move to the opposite coast, and teething (Molly still only has two bottom teeth), and you have our lives at the moment.

    I still don’t know how to find time for myself. I am just grateful that Molly is healthy, happy (at least until cranky meltdown time at the end of each day), and growing into her own quirky little being.

    Best of luck- and keep us posted!

  2. cbd says:

    “Cranky meltdown time” is so much more descriptive than “nighty night time!”

    Of course tonight Madelyn did something completely different, taking a very late nap then fussing until she got a bath. After that, she was fine, and though she went to sleep late (10:15) she went down quickly.

    Yes, I don’t envy you; moving is no fun. Moving with a kid must be less than no fun. But it looks like your new digs will be cool.

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