Category Archives: sleep

First time sleeping through the night until dawn

Last night, Forest slept from 8:30 p.m. until dawn at 7:00 a.m.   That’s 10.5 hours in his own crib.

  Daddy and Mommy are so thrilled!  Although I must admit I missed him in bed with us at some point.  I’m sure this will not be an absolutely straight path, and I’ll likely get more oppportunoties to snuggle with him….


Sleep at last — Heavens be praised

I’m proud to say that my baby slept from 8:30 p.m. last night until 5:43 a.m. this morning!  That’s over 9 hours.  Absolutely unprecedented in his previous almost-20 months on the planet.  He nursed and went back to sleep until 7:48 a.m., then he woke up very happy and ready to start his day.

As stunning as this achievement is, even more amazing to me is how wonderful I feel today.  My mind is clear, I have no aches and pains, and I have ample energy for toddler chasing on this lovely Sunday.  This is the first time in the previous 20 months, plus much of my pregnancy that I’ve slept not only seven hours, but also maybe an extra hour and 1/2 this morning after he went back to sleep. How would I remember a detail like that, you may ask?  Only because I’ve been obsessing about how little I was sleeping ever since the birth of my precious, sleep-resistant child.  Obsessing, not usually in a resentful way, but in a hopeful way. I have held out hope that sleep for all of us will improve.  Oh, I admit that I’ve also counted sleep hours in order to whine more effectively to my husband to garner sympathy sometimes.

Better sleep, I’ve read, helps babies with developmental changes and tasks they are trying to achieve, and I’ve wondered whether Forest might be generally happier if he could sleep better.  I know it would help me be a more energetic mommy to an active toddler, and I’m sure it would help me be more productive at my job.

Now, I did wake up in the middle of the night, last night, wondering what was wrong with Forest that he was so quiet.  But I quickly assured myself that all was well and went back to bed, because I never know when I will be summoned to comfort him.  Donald said that he “woke many times” wondering why Forest wasn’t crying to be picked up from his crib.  We were both stunned when he didn’t call out to us until 5:43 this morning.

Forest is having an afternoon nap now, and I wish him sweet dreams.

Forest is having a nice nap this afternoon, following a good night’s sleep the night before.

to sleep, perchance to sleep through the night….

Forest took more naps than usual yesterday, then had a couple of evening “naps” before settling down for the longest stretch of sleep yet in his almost-five-months of life.  He slept from 12:30 a.m. to 6:30 a.m.

I woke up around 4:00 a.m. wondering what was wrong with my baby and why I wasn’t up nursing.  I shone a small flashlight near his cradle to make sure he was okay.  He was breathing just fine and looked pretty sacked out, so I just went to the bathroom and fed the cats (Vivace is recovering from feline infectious anemia and is trying to regain strength and weight), then went back to bed for another couple of hours.

Unexpected, but nice!  I do hope he begins to cycle toward longer sleep periods like this.


Sleep… or lack thereof for parents

We started putting the baby to bed at 8:00pm.  He’s alseep now at 10:30 after several tries.   He screams so loudly when he’s very tired but, I guess, he is fighting sleep.  Hopefully our neighbors won’t think we’re torturing him.  Quite amazing.  I do love how he stares at me with rapt attention while I’m singing lullabies while rocking him.  Makes me think I’m a decent singer or something.

Maybe he’ll sleep well tonight.  I think that last night’s very rough night was hopefully the last repercussion of the vaccinations Forest had on Friday.  He took a mega-4 hour nap on Sunday in the afternoon and, predictably, did not sleep well at night.  He was up every 1-2 hours.  He had a fever on Friday night and Saturday, following the vaccines.  Tylenol brought it down.

I managed to drive to Norman for a meeting today without falling asleep on the road, but then I had to try to stay perky for two meetings with no caffeine.

return to work–Forest is 12 weeks old!

well, other than being extremely tired for a few hours of the afternoon, I’d say my first day back at work after 12 weeks of maternity leave went well.  There were over 1,200 e-mail messages waiting for me which I pared down to 900 and archived everything over 3 weeks old to deal with later.

I came home for lunch and nursed Forest which helped me feel like I wasn’t completely abandoning him.   He seemed quite content, calm and well-fed when I came home tonight.  My mother-in-law said that he was talkative and smiling as well as doing a lot of eating and crying today.

Hopefully all of us will get more sleep tonight.

mommy returning to work

Tomorrow is my first day back at work.  I’m mostly looking forward to working.  I’m not worried too much about Forest since he will have his father and grandmother taking care of him tomorrow.  I’m mostly worried about him missing his mommy.  Lots of milk in the freezer to go in bottles, but not quite like mommy.  We do know that he will readily take bottles, so that is a good thing at least.

I’m also worried about getting enough sleep to be functional.  Forest was up three times last night and I was having some anxiety issues and it took me awhile to fall asleep.  So, I ended up with about 3.5 hours of sleep.  I’ve been more routinely getting 5-6 hours of sleep when he gets up 1-2 times overnight, and that helps me feel a lot better.

Several people have told me that a teaspoon or two of rice cereal helps babies sleep better at night, and his doctor recommends not starting that until 4 months, although several moms have said they started much earlier.  And the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusively breastfeeding until 6 months.  But I wonder if the American Academy of Pediatrics Board are all waking up at 2 am, 4am and 5:30am for feedings?