Monday, September 3, 2012

Sleep.


Sleep seems to be a thing of the past in our home. Vanessa, my best little sleeper has given up her ways and decided she no longer needs sleep. 
Unfortunately, this mama still does. 

 Amelia who spoiled me for the first couple months and slept incredibly well, recently decided that nursing through the night is a much better plan than sleeping. 
Seriously. Dying



Elijah, was in a good little routine with sleeping, but it's kind of hard to sleep through both your sisters crying. So, he's joined the non sleepers as well.



During one of our worst nights we literally got one to sleep and the next would wake, then we'd get that one to bed, and the next would get up. This lasted all.night.long. 
Finally, at 4:00 Caleb looked at me completely hopeless and asked, what are we going to do? I stumbled to the bathroom and grabbed the melatonin. Don't judge. I needed something. And If I had something stronger I would have used it. It gave us a glorious three hour stretch of all three sleeping. (don't worry, i didn't give any to amelia)



Needless to say, I'm walking around in a fog. My memory seems to have failed me and I'm moving pretty slow getting anything accomplished.
 But it's reminded me again of my need to rely on the Lord for my strength; even in the seemingly small things of life. I'm continually humbled to see him carry me through when I think I've hit my limit. 
  This lack of sleep seems to have little effect on the kids. They just go and go. If you have any suggestions besides drugging your kids, do share.
 Praying tonight I don't see any of my kids precious faces:)
  

9 comments:

bandofbrothers said...

Jess!!!! Que horible!

i am a wreck without sleep for i feel for you big time. that game of whack-a-mole with your kids gets old fast.

love the pic of the blue-eyed gorgeous amelia.

and you could always just tell them to 'save their tears for the pillow!' when they cry to get out of bed, hahaha. partly kidding.

i wish i had better advice here.

brittany said...

oh, sleep has been our biggest problem so far, though discipline is now a close second (darn those terrible twos ;) ). but it has gotten much better than it was. my son didn't sleep through the night, not even close to it, until he was a year. he goes through a month or two of great sleep and then a couple of months of waking up through the night, waking up really early, etc. we initially used "the baby whisperer solves all your problems" to get a routine down for him and help him to fall asleep on his own and it has helped. in the last week, he has started regressing again and i really have no idea how to make it better except prayers to get through the day and knowing that it's just a stage. and we ALWAYS make it through. i have noticed that teething always seems to be the reason things change and he's a SLOW teether. i'm definitely praying for you guys and hope you get some sleep very soon!! *hugs*

kenzie said...

you guys need to watch Jim Gaffigan's Mr. Universe. He has a whole bit on this. It'll give you a laugh :)

katygirl said...

Call me. I have lots of tidbits that I've learned. Also. If I don't answer, miles probably climbed on the counter or something. Email me? Text? Who knows these days.

Kerri W. said...

Oh, I wish I could give you a hug. I haven't had a full night of sleep in over a year (my daughter still wakes at least twice to nurse and she is 12 mo.), so I know how it can mess with your emotions! I can't imagine how you must have felt after a rough night with three kids, though. Ready for a vacation, maybe? :) I know when I have an awful night with Eisley, it only makes me more thankful to have such a supportive, helpful husband. We are lucky to have men that are true partners in parenting.

I wish I had advice, but I'm hanging in by a thread over here myself! Just know I'm thinking of you, and you're most certainly not alone. Hugs!

Jess said...

I have no advice. Melatonin sounds like a plan to me. Haven is almost 18 months and still wakes up several (like 5 sometimes) times a night. I NEED to wean!! I'm so not looking forward to it. I think I'm secretly praying she just decides she doesn't want it anymore.

And the bit about one right after the other. Happens often here.

Do share any tips that katygirl shares with you that work. I could use all the help I can get.

Melissa Ruth said...

LOVE melatonin. i like the kind from costco that also has some extra mineral in it. so thankful for modern vitamins!!

kaylee@life chasers said...

why have i never heard of melatonin? ashlynn is a terrible sleeper....
i am so sorry you aren't getting sleep, that's the worst.

Kirra said...

Ouch! I hope you are getting more sleep.

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