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Friday, June 4, 2010

The Sleep Deprivation Experiment Continued

It has been nearly 9 weeks since I have had a decent night sleep.  It is amazing what lack of sleep will do for you.  I have bags under my eyes, am having trouble finishing sentences, seeing spots (not really but it adds to the drama) and am TIRED!  I go to sleep when my daughter does.  She is sleeping more during the night, but my brain is so over stimulated that I lay in bed going over my to do list for the next day, recap that day’s events, think about situations that have happened, play out scenarios that haven’t happened and have Lady GaGa’s latest tune or some jingle from a commercial play over and over in my head.  I then wake up with every whimper that I hear.  So the sleep that I am getting isn’t good sleep that I desperately need.
When I first brought my daughter home from the hospital up until she was about 6 weeks old, I would bring her into the living room, sit in my rocking chair, play lullaby music and nurse her back to sleep.  This would happen 2 to 3 times a night.  My friend Laura asked me if I had tried nursing her in bed…..what?!  This can be done????  You can actually be somewhat asleep and nurse!!  So guess what I have been doing since?  You got it!  When she wakes up and wants to nurse I stumble to her swing, (yes she sleeps in a swing (I will write about that next week)) pick her up, stumble back to the bed and let her nurse.  This has been working out wonderfully!  Sometimes I will wake up and she will be right there in my arms and I am thinking….awww how sweet…..I got to some sleep ; ) 
This past week all of the things above routinely happened except after she nursed I sat up, put her over my shoulder and burped her (yes I am a responsible mother and don’t let her fall asleep in the bed with me…often).  After she burped I got up and put her back in her swing and crawled back in the bed.  As soon as I laid down I felt something cold and wet on my back…..yeah that’s right I was lying in spit up!  Guess what I did????  I stayed right where I was and went back to sleep, fighting the songs of Lady GaGa.
That is tired!!!!

1 comment:

Karla Doodlebug said...

This is funny Amy! Those are the moments when you know you have entered Mommyhood! It hit me one day when Bailey was about 6 or 8 months old. I was at work, rummaging through my purse for who knows what. I felt something soft and wondered what it could be. I lifted it out and found the itty bitty baby sock that I had used in a pinch over the weekend to wipe her nose ...needless to say it was very nasty! I just shrugged and stuck it back in my purse!