I started co-sleeping with Macks shortly after he was born. I always told myself that I’d never be one of those parents, but with two other little ones around, co-sleeping was the only way that I could get any sleep. When Macks wakes up in the middle of the night I can quietly nurse him while laying down without really losing any sleep. This method was working so well until last week.
The big four-month sleep regression is slowly settling in. Macks just turned four months old yesterday and started rolling over last week. He’s teething, talking more, and is generally much more active than he has ever been. All of this accumulates to an overstimulated baby who doesn’t want to sleep, even when I try to nurse him.
Usually I am okay with very little sleep, but we are moving this week, which requires much more energy than I ever imagined. As I sit and type this my husband is trying to walk him around because he has already woken up twice this evening when I thought I put him down for the night.
He has generally always been good about falling asleep around 8 p.m. and giving me at least a good five hours of sleep before he wakes up for a feeding. However, the past two nights he’s gone to bed at 11 p.m. and is up every two hours to eat.
The lack of sleep has made me incredibly anxious as I fall behind on deadlines and fail to get any of the unpacking done that I need to. When he falls asleep for a nap, all I want to do is sleep with him, but as soon as I lay down my mind begins to wander off about the long list of things I need to do.
I know this is only a phase and I tell myself that every single day when I get frustrated because he won’t go to sleep. But I still get angry at myself because no sleep means that my patience is running very thin. I don’t want to take it out on the kids because it’s not their fault that I am tired.
I do my best to look at the positive side of things and know that Macks’ need for my attention won’t last forever. But sometimes, even with the positive outlook, the need for sleep still takes over.
How do you get through these sleep-deprived stages?