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O, Sweet Sleep

My baby son has slept in my room since he was born.

At first he did so in a tiny wicker bassinet.

rock around the clock

Then, when he outgrew that, he did so in a mini-crib.

sleepy j

He was supposed to stay in the mini-crib until his first birthday (per American Academy of Pediatrics recommendation), but he went and beavered it up on Saturday.

chomp

My husband and I didn’t want him gulping down wood splinters, so we moved him to a proper crib. I grieved as we made the move. Where had (most the) year had gone? What would I do without his sweet snores lulling me back to sleep?

Then something magical happened:

I GOT SLEEP!

I didn’t need to be lulled back to sleep because I stayed asleep!

No longer did his every shift or shuffle awaken me with panicked certainty something was wrong.

I slept six hours with only one interruption. And then … then I did it again Sunday night! And Monday night! And Tuesday night! And last night!

It’ll take me years to catch up on all the sleep I’ve missed the last year, but I can feel the effects of sleep deprivation easing fractionally by the day.

(Anyone who suggests the parent of an infant should cherish each sleepless moment with their baby clearly doesn’t know or remember how devastating sleep deprivation actually is.)

And, wouldn’t you know? If I listen closely, I can still his snoring from down the hall.

He’s his father’s son, after all!

With delectable toes

Where Li’l D once slept

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  1. March 26, 2015 at 5:47 am

    Yes! That was me with both my babies. Once they were no longer in the bassinet in our room I found I slept better because I wasn’t listening to their every breath or tiny movement and silently praying it didn’t mean they were about to wake up. I even had to place the baby monitor across the room on low so I could hear them if they cried, but not every little thing. Glad you got some sleep!

    • March 26, 2015 at 8:14 pm

      I took Benadryl the first night with a bit of reluctance. I discovered I’d awaken for the big stuff, but not the little stuff. I’m using Benadryl to help ease the transition from high alert to just sleeping, but look forward to being fully back into “sleeping easy at bedtime” mode soon. It feels so much closer now than this time last week! 🙂

  2. March 26, 2015 at 5:54 am

    I love those photos, especially the last one with the adorable little toes! The AAP guidelines…. Yeah. Well.

    • March 26, 2015 at 8:18 pm

      I still want to devour those toes, even three years later!

      As for the recommendations … I would normally treat them with a little skepticism, but I was so much more nervous–about his one thing!–this time around,

      Now Littler J sleeps easy as Daddy reads Li’l D bedtime stories, and I wonder why I was so, so very anxious.

  3. March 26, 2015 at 8:34 am

    E. Slept in my room one or two nights, but I am an extremely light sleeper. Every move or little sound woke me up. I moved him out I think the third night and haven’t had a baby sleeping the night in my room since. P. And o. From birth have slept in another room from the very start.
    Someone once said I was “brave” to have them sleep out of our bedroom. I thought “no, I just need my sleep and my sanity.”

    • March 26, 2015 at 8:20 pm

      You had the right idea!

      Also, man. I can’t help imagining how proud Mom would be of you as a mom. Such patience, such love, such resolve. You are one rockin’ mama, you know? Love you.

  4. March 26, 2015 at 9:15 am

    Awesome! Hopefully the new crib won’t be as tasty!

    • March 26, 2015 at 8:21 pm

      I did find him snacking on it briefly tonight, but only for about a minute–so that’s progress!

  5. March 26, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Sleep?
    As a chronic insomniac I am happy for you. And a tad jealous.
    There is a reason that so many cultures have used sleep deprivation as a torture. It is. A brain, energy and sanity sucking torture.

    • March 26, 2015 at 8:26 pm

      Benadryl is a big part of that for me right now, but I should be able to step it back a bit in a week or so.

      (I feel for you. My mom had a terrible time sleeping. I can’t help wondering how much happier she would have been if she could have just gotten some sleep.)

  6. March 26, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    I totally grieved moving our babies out of our room too, but man was it nice to get the sleep without waking to each snort or sigh.

    • March 26, 2015 at 8:27 pm

      I am still giddy with it, even though seeing that empty crib (to be dissembled this weekend) inspires fleeting pangs of sadness.

  7. March 26, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    So happy for you–yay sleep!!!

    • March 26, 2015 at 8:27 pm

      I am so excited for another night of it! I might just feel human again in, oh, a month or so. 😀

  8. March 27, 2015 at 6:53 am

    Yay, for that extra sleep! It’s hard to make that transition, but it certainly is better for everyone’s sleep.

  9. March 27, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    I didn’t get a full-night’s sleep for over 2 years with Maycee, and this was even AFTER she moved to her own big-girl bed. Sleep deprivation is nothing to downplay….we are better mommies when we are as rested as possible-so I say, enjoy every waking moment of THAT! 🙂 Congrats on the ZZZZZZZZ’s, Friend!! XOXO-Kasey

  10. March 28, 2015 at 7:38 pm

    Yay! Enjoy that sleep!

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