So just when I finally gathered the courage to start the sleep training process, and succeeded in getting the baby to fall asleep in his crib during his naps, he woke up with a terrible cold and cough. And so once again children teach us that life is always unpredictable. Back in the swing we go until everyone is feeling better.
I’m tired. I have never in my life been this tired. Since returning to work about three months ago, my baby who used to sleep 6 hours straight, started waking up every 1.5 – 2 hours to nurse. He is six months now, the perfect time experts say to sleep train. But for me it’s a form of torture, just as it was when my first was six months old. If you read my past blogs you’ll know, I don’t do well with their tears. But my first used to at least give me three hour stretches. According to my FitBit, I am currently only getting 50 minutes to 1.5 hours of sleep at at time, with no more than four hours total. And this has been going on for months. I tried to do the Cry-It-Out method last week. After 50 minutes of hearing him cry, I’m the one who ended up in tears and with him back in our bed while he nursed to sleep.
Today I began the sleep shuffle, a more gentle version that takes two weeks to complete. In the mean time I will continue gulping down the caffeine. And I’ll let you know how it goes.
What are your sleep deprivation stories and how did you survive?
It’s been four days of being stuck at home with my beautiful but very demanding boys. But today I’m going to work. And nothing describes how I feel better than this cartoon by Brian Gordon.
Ok, I’m sorry about the title. I couldn’t resist. It just felt too perfect. Moving on…
It seems that I only blog once every two years. I was shocked to see that some people were still reading my old posts. So I’ve decided to revive my blog, this time with two kids and a full time career. I’m in my mid-thirties;the digital revolution is sprinting past and I refuse to be left behind. The goal is to write, promote and maybe even podcast. These are grand dreams for someone who barely has time to go to the bathroom in peace. Time will tell how far I get.
The focus of my blog will continue to be motherhood and career. It’s something that’s become a major focus over the last few years thanks to the likes of Sheryl Sandberg and Anne-Marie Slaughter. Can I have it all? Should I lean in? What does having it all even mean? And how far should one lean in before falling over and crashing? These are grand discussions. What I really want to know is how parents manage going work after months of sleepless nights with a new baby? I’d also like to figure out how to motivate myself to become fit again. I’m always healthiest when I’m pregnant because I have gestational diabetes. But as soon as those babies are out, the slide backwards begins. These topics and many more still to come.
I hope you’ll keep reading and tell me what you think.