I think I have officially become “that mom.” You know the one who checks the baby monitor every 20 minutes once you put the baby down to sleep? It’s becoming a huge problem because it’s causing me to hardly get any sleep at night.
Avery is finally sleeping through the night. She sleeps an average of 12 hours and will generally always get up around 5:30 or 6:00 for a quick feeding and then go back down for another couple of hours. She’s been consistent with this for almost two months. It’s wonderful. What isn’t wonderful is the fact that even though I know when I put her down that she is down for the night, I still feel the need to check on her all the time.
I do the same for my three-year-old. She sleeps in her bed across the room from Avery, so I just turn the camera to her side of the room to make sure that she is okay too. Most of the time both girls are perfectly fine and don’t need to be checked on. There are rare occasions when one of them will wake up and need to be helped back to sleep.
There are even times when I wake up in the middle of the night because I think that I hear crying or my oldest calling my name and then when I go to check on the monitor they are both sleeping soundly. I’ve thought about just turning the monitor off altogether, hoping that it will help me sleep better. The girls are literally in the room next to us, so I am able to hear through the walls if one of them wakes up crying. But for some reason I just can’t do it. I am very reliant on this baby monitor.
Our apartment isn’t very big at all, but I always grab the monitor as soon as I put one of them down to sleep, even if just for a nap. In fact, it’s sitting next to me right now as Avery takes her morning nap. There is some sort of comfort I find in watching the girls on it.
I’m fine with having it next to me during the day because I am awake and it doesn’t interrupt anything. It’s the fact that I subconsciously wake up at night to check it all the time. I wake up in the morning exhausted because I haven’t had a restful nights sleep.
Am I the only one that does this? Any suggestions on how to get a better nights sleep or is this just part of being a mom?
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