My son, who is usually a great night sleeper has recently decided he would like to change his status to: Up all night unless you’re sleeping and snuggling me, I know if you are or not because I want to sleep on your belly. If I hear any tap tap tapping on the computer I will squirm until you stop that computer racket! Although he is only 8 months old today, I had a talk with him. I told him that it was okay if he wanted to wake up and play, or have me rock him for a while, maybe he just wants to be in the know with mommy business, but whatever it is I will do it. I will do it because I know it will not be forever. *And I know this because my daughter woke up every night for her first year at 2 am on the dot to play for one whole hour! Oh my word, I thought I would NEVER have a good night’s sleep. NEVER EVER! But that’s what all new mothers go through. And in amazement when she turned one, she started sleeping through the night. Amen!
I do it because he loves me and I am the person he looks to for comfort. I will do it because it slightly amuses me how funny kids are and they will never pick the right time for anything! You know like peeing the bed, waking up too early in the morning, spilling their food all over the floor…This all falls under the category: Never the right time for a mom or dad to deal with! I do it because I made a promise that I would do anything for my children as long as there is no harm to them they can have what they want. The simple fact is I love them that much. Goodnight for now, I’m sure we’ll be up in approximately 5 hours or less…
This is a shout out to all you mamas awake for the second time, reading this at 2am – you are awesome!
Here are few recommended books that may help if you are loosing your mind with lack of sleep.
The Lull-A-Baby Sleep Plan: The Soothing, Superfast Way to Help Your New Baby Sleep Through the Night…and Prevent Sleep Problems Before They Develop by Cathryn Tobin, M.D.: This describes a 7-day plan that can be used to take advantage of a sleep learning window of opportunity that, according to the author, occurs at around 6-8 weeks. Don’t worry if you have missed that window it teaches you how to re-train older babies and toddlers.
The Sleepeasy Solution: The Exhausted Parent’s Guide to Getting Your Child to Sleep from Birth to Age 5 by Jennifer Waldburger and Jill Spivack. This book is clearly written to both mom and dad and it’s highly recommended that couple talk about sleep arrangements, ideally before the baby arrives which would be a good time to read this book.
Sleeping with Your Baby: A Parent’s Guide to Co-Sleeping by James McKenna: According to some the ultimate attachment parenting sleep book and is supposed to be the first research-based book for parents that is dedicated to co-sleeping.
The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer by Harvey Karp, MD: I’ve heard many mamas rave about this book so give it a try if you are not sure which way to turn for sleep.
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