A luxury called sleep

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Babies are a wondrous creation. They’re living miracles if you think about how they’re made and what it took to get them here. Babies are a joy, they can put a smile on almost anyone’s face, and they are the cutest little things on this earth. But (and it’s a big but) babies are also full of crap. They can make the strongest, most confident man break down. They have the ability to somehow make you go from hero to zero in 0.009 seconds. They can have ear piercing screams/cries, the most foul smelling diaper explosions, and make you beyond exhausted. And if given the choice, I’d do it all over again. And again. And again. It’s not really a secret that I wanted to have a big family with at least 5 children. But with today’s financial struggles, we have closed shop with our 3. And gosh, after the last few nights, I don’t know if I have the energy to cope with more babies after Harper.

It seems we’ve hit our 8 month sleep regression and it’s near impossible to get a full night’s sleep. Harper went from sleeping through 8pm to 6:30am to waking up at 2:45 and thinking it’s playtime, only going back to sleep at the 4am mark (an hour before I have to get up for work). She wakes up in her cot, sits up and then screams for one of us to pick her up and put her in our bed, which we do (because sleep). But instead of laying down and curling into my side like “she’s supposed to” (can we all laugh at that statement), no, she sits up, bounces between me and her dad, or stands against the headboard and looks like she’s playing with someone sitting on top of it (scary AF).

I know this will pass (in 3-6 weeks they say), and hopefully it’ll pass without us instilling new habits that we don’t really want her to have at the end of this sleep regression. So I’ve tried to stop picking her up when she cries, just popping her dummy back in and laying her down again. This hasn’t work yet but I’m going to remain hopeful.

And, can you believe that I had to Google why she suddenly stopped sleeping through? Having been through twice before? Gosh, I felt like such a newb!

So for now, sleep is a luxury for us and I would give anything to have an uninterrupted 8 hours of it.

Where’s that manual?

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4 thoughts on “A luxury called sleep”

  1. I remember this and how I felt. It took us three years to get to sleeping through. I was unable to do cry-it-out and I breastfed, so it took a long time. I just moved HB to our bed, because that was the only time anyone got sleep. And it meant less walking around during the night. I remember that by 10 months, I was dead on my feet and I just called in sick one day and after dropping HB off at school, I went home and slept until 16h00 that afternoon. You know it ends eventually. I just was unable to do the things that were recommended. I just fed him to sleep and everytime he awoke and just lived with it until it was over.

    1. I did this with Matthew and Ethan too. She’s been a better sleeper than they were but this sleep regression has got us in it’s throes. Hoping it doesn’t last too long.

  2. Oh she is adorable! Sorry about the sleep 🙁 But as you know, this too shall pass!! I know that doesn’t help when you “in the trenches” though…

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