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Just So Very Tired

I really don't want to do another post about the Pumpkin not sleeping well, but it is consuming me. It is all I think of, and it is affecting every area of my life. This lack of good sleep, especially after a couple weeks of pretty good sleep, is slowly killing me. Is it possible to die from regularly interrupted sleep?

The pattern of her waking up a little earlier every morning has continued, with only a slight deviation on Saturday (5:45 instead of 5:00), which only got my hopes up. Sunday, she was up at 4:30, and I couldn't get her back to sleep for an hour. Finally, I was able to nurse her back to sleep in the bed in her nursery and we co-slept until 7:00. Not horrible, but still awake for an hour in the middle of the night.

Then Monday morning, she woke up at 4:00. She was very upset, and I realized that she was really stuffy. I don't think she is sick, but I'm not sure. It's only a stuffy nose, which she always gets when teething. But when I tried to nurse her, she couldn't breath through her nose and therefore couldn't nurse. This was the first time she has turned away from nursing when in need of comfort, and it was heartbreaking for both of us. All I could do was hold her while she sobbed and try to clear her nose as best as I could, although she can't stand it when anything comes near ner nose. It took her/us two hours until she/we fell back asleep, and we slept for two hours in the recliner in her nursery. It was a very tough night.

Last night, Londo (who is back from his trip) got up with her when she woke at 3:30. But she wouldn't get back to sleep, so we took turns holding her while she dozed (at best). I am tired. So very tired. I have many interesting, witty things to say I swear, but not today. I am tooooooo tired.

I was so tired, I forgot that I wanted to link to Karen's contest on her blog!! She is having a give away, and all you have to do is tell your MOST EMBARRASSING MOMENT EVER. That's not asking much, is it? Sure, I haven't done it yet, but I'm going to... as soon as I work up the courage...

Comments

Don Mills Diva said…
I really so feel for you - lack of sleep on a continuing basis is nothing short of devastating. Hope it gets better soon!
Karen said…
Don't worry, it's just a phase. At least that's what they keep saying. I know for a fact that once they hit the teen years you won't be able to wake them.

Thanks for the shout-out about my contest. Time is running out, girl!
Shellie said…
I don't mean to scare you but even if it is just a phase, by the time I sorta got everyone out of that phase, I had forgotten how to sleep. I'm sorry you're so tired but I hope you're not too tired to post an embarrassing moment.
caramama said…
Okay, I'm going to do it. I'll post my most embarrassing moment. It's kind of lame to everyone else, but I was mortified for a year... oh, hell, I'm still mortified. And it happened in 4th grade. And it doesn't compare to the other stories. It's not funny, it's just mean. And I'm stalling, can you tell? Okay, here I go...
I feel you. I really, really do. They all say it gets better, and it did for us. Then it got worse. Oy. It's worse.

Must go look for your story at Karen's now . . .
ImpostorMom said…
I hear ya! I'm feeling pretty wiped myself.

http://nosefrida.com/
We have one of these for the nose sucking. It sounds disgusting but it works really, really well. Way better than those useless nose bulb thingies. I'm not saying it is easy to use it but at least it is more effective.
Dana said…
I feel your pain. It's so hard to finally get sleep and then like THAT it changes. Around 10mo our little girl started throwing fits when it was bedtime. She would scream her head off when I'd leave the room after putting her down. She also wasn't consistent with her wake up times...5...6:30...4:30...7...all over the place. One day I was looking through some of those free baby magazines I got when I was pregnant that I threw in a drawer. I found this article that I live by now (How one mom sleep-trained her little night owl – but lovingly). It was SOOOO helpful! One part talks about steps that can be done in 9 days to fix bedtime crying. It took me more like a month - but now she's a new baby and a consistent sleeper that doesn't have trouble going to sleep at night. When you have a chance, give it a read (I found it online, so I can easily share it with you). I hope it helps! And if you decide to try something like this out, stick with it! It might be difficult for the short term, but well worth it if it helps your baby establish good sleep habits. Best of luck!

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