Weekend Coffee Share – Sleep Deprivation Edition

Doctor Who Coffee MugIf we were having coffee, I’d tell you it’s been a heck of a week.

For one thing, we’re coming off of sickness last week – so we were already off our game, and I’d already been sleeping on the couch to avoid getting sick, as well as the Geek Baby sleeping out of the bedroom. We’re at about the time, then, that the Geek Baby needs to transition into sleeping in her crib anyway… so we decided to leverage this disruption in life to just start the transition.

Ouch.

If there’s one thing we’re kind of sheepish saying about the Geek Baby (and yet here I am saying it on the Internet…) it’s that she’s been a great sleeper. From really early on, she was sleeping through the night. She’s always been kind of a random napper, but it’s really easy to deal with random naps and fussy tired time during the day when you’ve slept through the night.

But she hasn’t always been the easiest to get down to sleep – often it felt like a coin flip as to whether she would wake up or sleep on when you put her down. Once down successfully, she’d sleep.

Somewhere in our thrown-off schedule and in trying to move to the crib… well, the odds have gotten much worse than a coin flip.

If we were having coffee, it wouldn’t be my first today. Nor my second, probably. Because getting her to go down to sleep? It’s been HARD. Often impossible. We’ve done some reading on baby sleep, and that’s helping us form a plan and not go crazy. Because when your baby wakes up during the act of putting her down in a crib… crazy is where that train is headed.

It might have been a weak Science Fiction Today post the other day, but I did wonder about sleep on Monday. It’s only been more ridiculous since then. Hopefully it gets better – say, before I have to head back to work, and this gets really hard…

How are you? In desperate need of coffee? I’m sure there’s more at the linkup on Part-Time Monster!

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10 responses to “Weekend Coffee Share – Sleep Deprivation Edition

  1. crazy trains and sleepless nights binge drinking coffee I mean tea have to stay up to meet deadline
    ~B

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  2. Oh man…I feel your pain. Little Jedi had the same problem—we could get him to sleep but if we put him down in the crib, he’d wake up immediately, or if we got him to sleep *in* the crib, he’d wake up as soon as we walked out of the room. I ended up just letting him co-sleep by the time all was said and done—-good luck finding a solution that works for you guys!

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  3. This is probably obvious but have you tried music? If the little one will get used to one CD or playlist, she might be able to sleep any place that the music is playing. With my own kids it was Raffi. With my grandsons it has just been one of those sound machines with the sound of rain. The good thing about those is that they are fairly inexpensive and very portable so when you’re away from home, you can put the baby down with the sound machine. They have several sounds (rain, babbling brook, seagulls, etc.). There is also one that my second grandson likes that has both lullabyes and nature sounds and a ten or twenty minute option. I think it’s by Leap Frog but not sure. The trick is to play the music every time you put the baby down and fairly soon she’ll get used to it and when you play the music she’ll fall asleep. It also helps to put her down with the one special blanket that she likes. Same blanket. Same music. She’ll become conditioned.

    You also have to figure out what level of crying you are comfortable with. She might cry at first until she’s used to it. You just have to figure out what is comfortable for YOU not for others. YOU decide how much crying you will get through (five minutes, fifteen, etc.).

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  4. Oh memories… You could not pay me to go back to that time! My babies are 17 1/2 and 16…
    Corina’s idea is a great one… where were you, Corina when my boys were babies?
    The only thing I can say is, it will be over in the blink of an eye – not that you feel it will ever end when you are in it.
    Good luck!

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