Sunday, January 15, 2012

(Day 15) sleep deprived

So today I have been trying to think of something to write about, and the only thing I can think of is sleep deprivation. It's been a part of my life for about a year. Because of this sweet boy:
Wearing Richards hat :)
I love his real "genuine" smile. I am sad it's out of focus! 
A year ago Liam started getting sick with everything under the sun, until about April or May. Anything from RSV, croup, horrible flus and colds etc. Several times the doctor told us to sleep in his room to make sure his breathing wasn't compromised, go in when he cried to make sure he was ok etc. Then when he wasn't sick, he has been teething or something. Anyways, from all of that we got in bad habits with him of going in when he cried during the night, and sure enough each time he was thirsty, teeth were hurting etc. Now he wakes up every night at around the same time and wants us to hold him. That's fine, but then it started not only being at the same time, but he wouldn't fall back to sleep for 2 hours. It's killing me because I have to deal with him for 2+ hours and then also for another combined hour when Brielle nurses during the night (she sleeps great but eats around 2 and 7 and eats for a long time). I get no more than 2 hours of sleep at a time, and 3 on great nights. So needless to say, Richard and I are going to be changing some things around so Liam sleeps better at night and breaks the habit of expecting us to come in several times during those 2 hours he is awake. We have tried EVERYTHING from putting him to bed later, earlier, cutting back on his naps, putting him in timeout when he cries out for us over and over again after we have checked on him once, making sure he has eaten enough during the day, making sure the room is the perfect temperature etc. I have done everything they say to do from all the sleeping books I have read. I feel like the walking dead a lot and it makes things hard to deal with. I hope things change. I am pretty desperate that they do. I am praying that they do. 

Good thing he is so darn cute and even with the sleep deprivation, being the mom is the best.

p.s. Wondering why I am posting on my blog so much all of a sudden? With the New Year I decided I wanted to take at least 1 picture a day and blog about it. I call it "Project 365" and I explain it more here


  1. I have no sleeping tips for you. I wish I did because it is hard. I have been there. I can attest it will end evenually he will sleep through the night. Mine finally does she is 2 years and 3 months and it just started happening this last month so I am overjoyed.

    I know it doesn't help solve it but sometimes it's good to know there are others out there that get it and have lived through to see the other end.

  2. Baby Whisperer book had info about helping babies sleep through the night- I can't remember what it was right now, as there were several things for different situations- but maybe that is something you haven't read yet?

  3. Tough love! Honestly the only thing that helps us after Annie gets used to us coming in at night (when she is sick), is to get back to the schedule and be strict about it. It just about kills me to hear her crying out my name but eventually she puts herself back to sleep and gets back to normal. Best of luck!!!


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