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Sleep, such a simple thing but oh my goodness it’s amazing what an impact it has on your life if you don’t get enough. I love sleep, it’s probably my favourite past time, we have an amazing bed and I could quite happily spend half of my life in it
I thought I had this parenting lark cracked when MissB was only 6 weeks old and started sleeping through the nights, she still sleeps solidly for 12 hours a night. She must take after me as that girl loves her sleep!
Can you imagine what a shock to the system it was when MasterB the worst sleeper in the history of children arrived on the scene? OK so the first 16 nights were fantastic, although this was due to him being in NICU and me being at home. Don’t get me wrong, I’d have loved for him to be home too but it was lovely to have a few decent nights sleep before the mayhem began
So here we are almost 20 months later, yes you read that right TWENTY months later and we still haven’t cracked sleeping. I don’t know exactly where it all went wrong, we didn’t do anything differently than we did with MissB, he just doesn’t sleep.
It all starts at bedtime, he is a nightmare to get to sleep in the first place. We’ve tried everything going and you can’t leave him crying for long as he has previously thrown himself out of his cot in a rage. At present I’m having to wait until he is sleepy then take him upstairs, place him in his cot and stand watching until he falls asleep. If I so much as take a step outside of his room he is on his feet and screaming. When I say screaming I mean really, really screaming.
Once he has gone to sleep, the waiting then begins. He will usually manage until 2am before he wakes and screams the house down. All I need to do is get him up, take him downstairs and cuddle him and he will go back to sleep quite quickly, but having to get up pretty much every night is killing me! Every night I go to sleep expecting to be woken up within a few hours, I’ve forgotten what it feels like to just be able to go to sleep knowing that you don’t have to get up until morning!
I’ve tried different types of blanket, different lighting, different pillows, different toys and nothing seems to make a difference. I wish he could just tell me what it is that causes him to wake screaming every night. It can’t be hunger, thirst, too hot, too cold, being poorly etc as we’ve ruled so much out. We do get some good nights from him but I’d say he still wakes up 4-5 times a week
It’s been such a difficult journey with MasterB to date but we are gradually getting there, we are working on his eyes, we think we’ve got his asthma under control at last and hopefully his hernia will be resolved shortly. But sleep – well I guess it really is the final frontier we need to crack. I think I’ve always wondered whether his inability to sleep is due to his other health problems and as we are gradually fixing all of those, hopefully the sleep will fix itself!
This post is this weeks entry for The Gallery over at Sticky Fingers
The prompt this week is Something I Am Proud Of.
OK so I admit I’m going to be extremely predictable here and I imagine there will be quite a lot of very similar posts like this but if I have to say the things that I am proudest of then of course it is the two tiny terrors – MasterB and MissB. I still can’t believe that somehow I’ve managed to achieve such perfection and I feel like pinching myself.
This photo will be featuring on the Brown family christmas cards this year
Bear with me but this is a show off post as I’ve just had our first nursery photos back and I couldn’t resist sharing my beautiful children with you Aren’t they gorgeous
Since having children, last year we started a tradition in the Brown household by making our own photo christmas cards. The image we used on last years card was this one taken on MissB’s first birthday
We don’t send these to everyone but we send around 20 to close friends and family. With us living so far away from them we think it is a nice way of letting them see how our children are growing and something to keep
So this weekend we attempted to take photos for this years card. As you’re no doubt away we have an extra face to put on the card this year and so we have recycled last years snowman outfit and bought MissB a new one. Trying to get a 9 month old and 23 month old to sit still and pose for a photo proved rather difficult and I’m not sure I’ve got a good enough one for the actual cards yet but I thought I’d share some images from our photo session anyway as they are rather cute
Has it really been 5 months since MasterB arrived? I can’t believe how fast it has flown by!
This last month I think I’m starting to see a lot of developments with MasterB, until recently he really has been pretty boring bless him and I was getting a little concerned that he didn’t really seem to be developing. I know he was 6 weeks early but I still can’t help comparing him to his sister who first rolled over at 4 months and 1 day old (Yes I know I’m going to be a nightmare when they get older lol).
Anyway at 5 months I can now say:
1. MasterB weighs 18lbs! Now if you go by his corrected age this puts him on the 95th percentile for a baby born 6 weeks early, if I ignore the fact he was early he is still on the 75th percentile so he has pretty much overtaken most babies born 6 weeks later than him Despite all that sick, something obviously seems to be working
2. MasterB rolled over for the first time about 2 weeks ago (so not too far behind his sister at all ), this took me by surprise to be honest as I really wasn’t expecting it – but I did manage to catch it on video amazingly
3. MasterB has finally learnt to BURP! Probably a strange achievement in most people’s eyes but I haven’t been able to wind him after any bottle before now as he would just bring up the entire bottle rather than burp. Now he can burp without actually being sick!
4. MasterB now sleeps, and when I say sleep I mean it, I put him down to bed at around 7:30-8pm and that’s it (most nights) until 8am in the morning. When both O&Z sleep through (again which is most nights now!) I actually feel like a human being again.
It’s been a very long 5 months but I finally think we are getting somewhere I can’t wait to see what the next month brings