Here’s what I learned this week:
1. I have crazy amounts of energy and ambition for someone who sleeps the way I do (read: barely, piecemeal, with a kid and a dog practically on top of me).
2. Except today. Today, after the whopping hour of sleep I got last night (well, this morning, really), I am fatigued beyond fatigued. I do not know how I will get through this day, which includes going to work, doing chores, and then going to a ball game tonight.
3. If I were a braver person, I’d insert a photo of my eyes today and the pretty purple circles they’re sporting, just to show you what exhaustion looks like. Purple is such a lovely color, unless it’s underneath your eyes.
4. Jax has even more energy than his momma, which is also surprising given how he sleeps (read: piecemeal). Suddenly, he is a little ball of energy! And he’s eating much better, too. It’s bizarre. Why isn’t he tired, after all the running around he’s doing?! I get tired just watching him!
5. People are starting to urge me to talk to his pediatrician to look for a deeper problem, a reason for his poor sleep.
6. That freaks me out a bit. I assume the pediatrician will lecture me or put him through invasive tests (eg, for allergies?), or both.
7. So before heading down that road, I think I will start keeping a food/sleep diary to try to figure things out on my own first. I have a great track record when it comes to solving my son’s issues on my own.
8. Maybe his 2-year molars are starting to bother him. The last time we had this kind of stretch of awful sleep was when his 1-year molars were starting to erupt. That caused 7 weeks of mostly bad nights. Note to self: Try ibuprofen one night & see if it helps.
9. I’m jealous of parents who get a good night’s sleep. I need to stop tweeting and posting on Facebook about our awful nights of sleep so that I don’t get comments about how great others’ kids are sleeping. That does not help. Read this.
10. Jax is too old to be waking up so frequently through the night. And so am I! This momma needs her beauty sleep. Or some amazing makeup to fake it.
11. I haven’t nursed him to sleep in a few weeks now, so I’m leary of those who tell me, accusingly, that breastfeeding is the root of our trouble. I nurse him in the glider a bit, then we kiss goodnight and he falls asleep without the breast. And when he wakes up in the middle of the night, most of the time, we snuggle instead of nurse. Unless I’m desperate to get back to sleep quickly, in which I tend to cave in and nurse him back to sleep.
12. This parenting this is so hard sometimes. It’s harder when you’re tired. But it’s still the most wonderful, fun, amazing thing I’ve ever experienced.
13. There is an upside to sleepless nights: Jax and I get to spend extra time together. Sometimes it’s nice to snuggle in the middle of the night. For like 10 minutes. Not for like 5 hours. Sigh.
14. Thank goodness for sleepovers at Nana’s. Tonight, that’s what’s up. Jax is spending the night with his Nana so that mommy & daddy can go hang out with friends at a baseball game. I am tempted to skip it, hit up a bottle of Tylenol PM, & go to bed at 8:00.
15. But my husband & friends wouldn’t like that. And really, who needs sleep anyway? Sleep is for sissies.
Link up & tell us what you’ve learned this week! If it’s anything to do with how to get your toddler to sleep through the night, I will love you forever.