Oh, to catch some zzzzzz

by Ginger on February 19, 2010

in Mom Thoughts

So this week has kind of kicked my ass folks. Actually, scratch that kind of. This week has ROYALLY kicked my ass. Why? Well beyond the missing kitty and the crazy work and the overwhelming stress? Two words.

Sleep. Deprivation.

(I know, bitching about being tired as a parent, how original. But there’s no brainpower for original with sleep deprivation.)

This week, we seem to be in the hellacious intersection of teething, sleep regression and a growth spurt for the kid, which is basically killing us all slowly. Poor little guy is miserable and N.C. and I are walking zombies.

We’ve been lucky with the sleep thing until now. Jackson was taking 2-3 decent naps every day, and mostly sleeping through the night (minus some whimpering if the pacifier fell out), since he was about 2 1/2 months old. Lucky, lucky, lucky we know. So lucky that I never wanted to talk about it, lest the cruel fates think we were tempting them to change things.

The past week though? The kid has barely been napping, and is up about 3 additional times a night. Our schedule used to be: down for bed around 8:30-9:30 pm, up at 6:30-7:00am to nurse. This week it’s been more like down at 8:30, up at midnight to nurse, up at 3:00 to nurse, up at 5:30 to nurse. And if he can get in one more nursing session before I leave for work, so much the better. And his night wake ups are not  little things– instead they are full on screaming bloody murder wake ups. Nursing has been the only thing that he seems to want (see: growth spurt), though he’s not nursing that well (see: teething), and even then that doesn’t answer the napping issue (see: sleep regression. Or so I’ve read).GAH!

If I weren’t so tired, I’d be really stressed about this because–joy of joys–I’m leaving on a 4 day business trip on Sunday, leaving the munchkin with his daddy and a freezer full of frozen milk. Until this week, it was pretty much exactly enough milk to match his daily schedule, with a little bit extra in case of a travel delay on my way home. He was eating 5 times a day (nursing and bottle), and I had that covered. THIS week though? He’s been eating anywhere from 6-10 times a day. There is definitely not enough milk in the freezer for that. Like I said, if I weren’t so tired, I’d probably be really freaked out about it. Right now, all I can muster is a lackluster “I guess we’ll have to hope that he doesn’t reject formula if he keeps up this pace”.

The only good thing I can see? The sleep deprivation makes me less anxious about leaving the kid for 4 days. I’m gonna miss him, but I’m too tired to worry it over and over in my mind (what mind?). And for once in my life, even though I sleep like crap on business trips, I’ll probably get a better nights sleep there than at home.

And maybe when I get back, the kid will have popped a tooth, finished his growth spurt and reverted back to sleeping enough for mommy to not need IV caffeine to function at work. Here’s hoping.

Katherine February 19, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Time to start practicing your “Open wide for the airplane.”

Her February 19, 2010 at 6:35 pm

I hope he gets back on a good schedule for you guys, and that your trip isn’t entirely unbearable. Will you be able to Skype, at least?

Perpetua February 20, 2010 at 6:49 am

Your “bad” sounds a lot like our “usual.” But I actually think it’s worse to have a good sleeper who turns bad than to have a consistently bad sleeper who is sometimes good. At least we’re used to it.

I hope you get some good sleep on your trip!

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