I was going to title this post “light at the end of the tunnel”, but I thought that the title would leave others to think that I have been feeling unhappy for the last three months, when in fact that isn’t true. I have to admit that I have been enjoying the newborn stage, and although it has been trying at times, I can see why some will say that they miss it when it’s over. That’s not to say that I am enjoying the lack of sleep. No sir! On the contrary…I pretty much am done with it and am looking forward to at least 1 night of a straight 8 hours of sleep. Dare I say multiple nights with 8 hours? It would certainly be glorious!
We have reached the 3 month mark, and I have heard from many that this is a big milestone. This is when the child begins to sleep longer stretches at night (or so I’m told). February marked the month that I dropped the 1:00 feeding, and have been doing only 1 feeding at night. As a matter of fact, Christian has been enjoying very nice and LONG stretches of sleep. In the crib by 8:30 and sleeping usually till 5:30 and even 6:30 a few times ( well at least that has been the case for the past week or so). Before that we still were doing once a night but feeding around 3:30ish.
If I was a smarter woman then I am I would’ve went to bed when he did, then I would be writing this post about my wonderful long nights of sleep. Instead, I prefer to spend some quality time with The Captain. It feels nice at the end of the day to just sit and relax minus the baby. Some nights I even enjoy a nice glass of wine. I try to get to bed by 10:30 though….
I am just so close to that 8 hour mark. But even if I do make it, as of now it wouldn’t be without interruption. My body still believes that Christian needs milk in the middle of the night and therefore I wake up with engorged breasts, and usually soaking wet (more to come on that later this week). I am hoping my body regulates itself soon, because it’s just getting silly…
People would tell me when I am pregnant to sleep as much as I could…I definitely took the advice, but it’s not advice I would ever give someone else. You can’t bank sleep. Even if I got TONS of sleep then (which I did) it in no way helps me now…Now I just dream of that day when I start to get a regular 8 hours of sleep. Will that day ever come or am I just kidding myself?
I remember feeling so frustrated for a good nights sleep! Be rest assured it gets better, or maybe i should say that your body adjusts. Little george started sleeping through & even though i was bottle feeding and didnt have boob issues – my body still believed it needed to wake throughout the evening. It took time but slowly my body has become accustom to my new life & now george sleeps from 7pm – 5am / 6am ish & i only wake once or twice a night to check on her & i fall back to sleep very easy.
I have learned over time though, as much as i love spending time with dh – going to bed at 7.30pm is a must!
Whatever the case i hope that you will get a great night sleep soon & that your body adjusts & lets you feel recouped!
I don’t miss the sleep lost to infants. I hope you get the rest you need hun!
Welcome back mama!!! Oh man sleep issues… I still have them. She’s just starting to learn how to put herself back to sleep when she wakes up in the middle of the night but the hard part is hearing her cry. Even if it’s just for a few minutes.
I wish sleep hours were like rollover minutes that we could save pre-birth. But nope. Haha.