In college I never went out clubbing or drinking at bars after 10:00 p.m. I was the friend you would call after 11:00 p.m. if you needed a ride home from the local watering hole. Why did I not engage in a typical college social activities? I truly valued, and still value, my sleep! Trust me when I say, we will all have a great day if I get at least 7 hours of sleep. I’m really doing all of us a favor.
When I had my first son, I was fearful I was going to have a baby who suffered from colic and stayed up all night long. My friends who were already parents told me harrowing stories of exhaustion. Instead of hoping for the best, I moved forward with fearing the worst.
I was able to rid myself of fear because we were privileged with a baby who slept through the night by the end of the first week. Mama was rested. Baby was rested. We were all sleeping in pure bliss.
Now, my 2-week old newborn is not what I would exactly call a terrible sleeper. He wakes up once or twice in the middle of the night…typical. However, he recently decided he was going to party hard like my previous college classmates. Similar to the past, I am called nightly at 1:45 a.m. until 4:00 a.m. to pick up and take care of other individuals, i.e. my baby.
My husband and I are trying all that we can to get our little one on track. I have every light on and every shade up during the day to indicate that it is in fact daytime. I strategically change his diaper in the middle of the night. I swaddle him into comfort. I’ve done it all!
This is a work in progress for sure, and let’s face it, it could be a lot worse. I don’t mind the nightly cuddles, I actually cherish them, but I want to make sure he gets into a scheduled routine. I’ll be documenting this process and notating what works and what doesn’t work.
What have you found that works for you?