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Our Worst Night Yet

Sleep like a baby?

Baby Girl isn’t a terrible sleeper. She sleeps her longest stretch (about five hours) during the night, which is a good sign that she has her days and nights straight at two months old. BUT. I can’t get her to fall/stay asleep earlier than midnight. This hour never really phased me, but with night feedings and an early riser on my hands, I can barely keep my eyes open that late these days.

Of course, I’d like Baby Girl to be in bed by 9 p.m., at least. Despite my attempts at creating a little bedtime routine that includes a bath, nursing and a song, she chooses to cat-nap all evening, and each fifteen-minute snooze seems to push back her real bedtime another hour.

Last night, I didn’t get her to really go down (and it took some nursing to make it happen) until 12:45 a.m. I fell asleep around 1 a.m., and was wakened at 2:15. But his time, it wasn’t Baby Girl who was making a fuss.

My toddler, three years old, was yelling “Dad!” at the top of his lungs. He wasn’t crying and didn’t sound too upset … he was just wide awake at 2 a.m. My husband got him to go back to sleep, but I was awakened to “Mom!” again at 4:15. I went into his room to find my husband already there, telling him it’s still dark outside and it isn’t time to play or watch shows or do anything but sleep. My husband gets up for work at 5:45, so I send him back to bed and take over.

After about 40 minutes—it took 20 just to get him to lie down and let me tuck him in—and about four songs and some hand-holding, my toddler lets me leave the room without any yelling. I finally retired to my room where Baby Girl is still sleeping beside me, but heard him whining “Mooooom” well past 5 a.m. And then Baby Girl woke up, ready to be nursed, and again at 7:30 a.m. with a rumbly stomach.

Today, I’m a zombie. I don’t even want to hear about how bad caffeine is/might be for me and my baby. I need at least one caffeinated sodie to get me through the day—on a “regular” day.

How do you make it through the day? Any tips/tricks for keeping energy high when you’re low on sleep?

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