Sleeping Through the Night

Yeah, we’re not there yet. Or are we?

If you ask a pediatrician, they’ll say they consider sleeping through the night to mean a 5-6 hour stretch waking only to feed. If you ask me, I consider that to mean that I can go to bed and wake up at normal hours without having to get up at all. If you ask Maxon, he’ll just laugh in your face at the very idea.

But really. Many pediatricians advise a pretty early bedtime, like between 6pm-8pm, and think the kid will eventually sleep through until 6am-7am. Wow, that would be nice. This one sleep-training book I just read concedes that the child will probably need to eat once or twice during that time and who here goes 12 hours without eating? I’m just saying.

So what is sleeping through the night? This so-called 5-6 hour stretch that could technically occur between 6pm and midnight? The baby wakes up only to eat but goes right back to sleep without fussing or wanting to play? Or he wakes up but doesn’t want anything but to cry and be put back to sleep? Or maybe he wakes up, doesn’t cry, plays for a little while in his crib and puts himself back to sleep? Or better yet, he does wake up but I have no idea because I’m the one that slept through the night. Yeah, that last scenario hasn’t happened yet but it’s nice to think that’s a possibility one day!

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Teething

Lo and behold, we have our first tooth cutting through the bottom gums. It’s still the tiniest bump but it’s there. Please let it explain the crankiness, extra grunting, extra drool and spitup, and horrible sleep patterns as of late.

Sleep Training

Yawn. As sad as this sounds, I long for the days where I could count on a 5-hour stretch of sleep. A little over a month ago, Maxon started waking up twice a night and ever since last week, I felt lucky if I could cobble together 5 hours of sleep total as he dabbled in waking up a third time. Sometimes he was hungry or sometimes he had just flipped himself over on his stomach and his face was stuck in the crib rails. Getting him back to sleep was not the problem but keeping him asleep once he was placed back in his crib was. This inspired me to rethink our bedtime/sleeping strategies, the biggest one being the bedtime itself. Of course, I feel like I’m sabotaging what little precious sleep I do get if his earlier bedtime means an even earlier wake-up time but the amount of sleep been so terrible lately anyways I feel like I have nothing to lose. Wait… am I training Maxon to sleep better or is he training me to sleep less?