Torture at the end of torture

January 28th, 2010

Well, there is just no consistency with this baby. She had been sleeping some longer stretches – but last night was another rough one. Up at midnight (Steve went to play poker instead of doing his midnight bottle – it’s good to be him, huh?), up at 2, up from 3:30 to 5 – then I called Steve in to help me, then I was back up at 7 to feed her. Oh and by the way, I had a tooth pulled in the morning.

I keep thinking about the drive home from the hospital with Eva. Not when we left the first time – but after the second miserable stay in which she was in an incubator for three days, starting on Christmas. It was really snowing and the roads were horrible. So of course we were so tense with our fragile 5-day-old in the back. We nervously drove in silence for a while and finally Steve broke out with a homemade tune, singing “This is like torture … at the end of torture.” It was funny because I was really thinking the same thing.

So yes, I’m sorry that I may complain a lot anymore, but seriously, getting a tooth pulled then regressing to an all night feeding session? Stinks. I’m hoping it’s another growth spurt. I’m not even going to put more mental power into figuring out what we’re doing wrong and trying to analyze the pattern lately. I’m too tired.

The good news is I actually took both girls to Target with me today. And it went well. I bribed Ella with some new princess sunglasses and a toy in the $1 bins. I think those $1 bins may just be the key to making it through the store. And getting out of the house and having a little retail therapy was just what I needed. And a new swiffer wet jet, kitchen towels and sunglasses even make me feel a little better that I lost a few hours of sleep for my husband’s poker game. I guess we all have our vices.

2 Responses to “Torture at the end of torture”

  1. Kim on January 28, 2010 2:00 am

    Oh Erin, I’m so sorry about your sleepless nights. It’s more painful with the second child since you can’t catch up with those little cat naps during the day while Eva is sleeping if Ella isn’t napping. It does get better…I promise you. Do you have a swing that swings from side to side rather than front to back? For Fiona we only had one that went from front to back. With Erin we purchased the one that swings from side to side. She was about 5 or 6 weeks old. I would swaddle her up like a snug little bug and put her in there throughout the day. Somehow it really made a difference. She started napping regularly in the swing during the day. Also, she got into a regular eating pattern and before I knew it was in a sleeping pattern at night. Now, this doesn’t mean she slept all night, but she would sleep for longer intervals. I don’t know how it works, but for some reason better napping during the day led the way to better sleeping patterns at night. Anyway, you are probably getting all kinds of advice (solicited or not). So I hope this doesn’t annoy you. Just wishing a successful pattern for you so that you can rest as well.
    Good luck, and hang in there. Remember that you are an amazing mommy!
    BTW – great job with the Target outing!!

  2. Sara on January 28, 2010 2:06 am

    I’m sorry you are having a rough time. I think crazy pins is just what you need. I recommend putting her on the floor beside your bed in a good bouncy seat that vibrates for night time sleeping. Both my kids slept in either the packnplay or bouncy until they were 6 or 7 weeks old. Warning: don’t tell mom. She frowns on this practice.

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