Let's Talk About Sleep Deprivation

Tate wide awake at 5:00 this morning

When my son started whimpering at 5:00 this morning, my heart sunk. Steve had been up with him from 2:30 to 4:00, and I couldn’t believe he was awake again. I got up in a haze to nurse him.

After 2 1/2 weeks, it has finally hit me. I am beyond exhausted.

Before I had the baby I was the kind of person who couldn’t function on less than 9 hours. I rarely was out of bed before 8 in the morning, and often dragged myself into the office at close to 10. I haven’t gotten more than 6 hours of sleep since the little man was born, and I don’t know how I am still standing.

Everyone says you just have to keep him awake during the day, then he will sleep at night. Let’s just say this is far easier said than done. When the babe sleeps, he sleeps like the dead. If he wants to sleep nothing changes his mind, not even a full meal sitting in front of his face. But at two in the morning he decides to strap on his dancing shoes with eyes wide open, and there is no reasoning with him!

Anyone have any similar experiences and/or solutions? Please share, because I would love an extra hour of sleep (or even an extra minute).