This is the time at work during your lunch break you contemplate sleeping in your car but can’t actually do it because you know there is a really good chance you won’t make it back. When you’ve already gotten used to sleeping through the night, right after you had to get used to not sleeping through the night. Apparently, there is the “4 month sleep regression”. I dunno, I’m no expert, but what I do know, is that it sucks. I feel like it’s harder to get used to then when you first bring the baby home and they don’t sleep through the night. At least then you’re in the whole “aww my new baby” phase and love that one on one alone time together. But when you’re in the back-to-work-life-is-insane-phase, the whole no more sleeping through the night thing, is no joke. It’s been a few weeks now and here are the things I’ve tried:
- He’s been waking me up around 3:45-4:00 a.m. so normally after I feed him I can’t get back to sleep, I have to be up for work at 5:00 a.m. so what’s the point of even going back to sleep? So I start my day around then but I’ve started to try and go to bed earlier. And by earlier I mean instead of 8:00 p.m., like 7:00 p.m. I don’t think think you can get earlier then that.
- Danny is 6 months old so I took it upon myself to start to try and feed him again. This time, apples. He loved them, but two days later still hasn’t gone #2. He has to be stuffed up again like he was when I tried the bananas. At least then he barely even ate the bananas, but this time he housed the apples like a champ. I really thought the extra food in is belly would keep him asleep longer – nope, still up at 4:00 a.m.
- I got really sick with a migraine and threw up for two days. That’s actually a really good way to catch up on some sleep. I don’t recommend getting sick on purpose but it’s a good way to get some sleep. (Crazy right? But it’s the truth.)
Here is what is getting me through:
- The thought that this literally can’t last FOREVER is kinda what is keeping me going. Right? I mean when I say forever, like he won’t be 11 years old waking me up during the night to feed him, I’m not talking about another month. Is 8+ years too far to look forward to?
- Coffee, obviously. All. Day. Long. Reheat, drink ..repeat. If you don’t drink coffee: now is a good time to start.
- My supportive husband who even though is SO EXHAUSTED himself, still lets me go to bed at 8 p.m. and puts the baby to sleep. These men are few and far between these days but get yourself one of the them, I couldn’t do it without him.
If you have any questions, the chances are, I won’t be able to answer them.. but feel free to ask! My son and I shared a bed when I was 19 and for the life of me I can’t remember him waking up like this in the middle of the night. And my daughter is currently having her own sleep regression at 2 years old, but in her defense, she is STILL TEETHING.