Tuesday, June 14, 2011

sleeping like a baby

If you have ever talked to me (in person, text, email, etc.) you probably know my children don't sleep the way I would like them to.
I complain talk about it. A lot.


Before I had children I had no idea what it was like to be tired. I thought babies slept, you know, like normal humans.
Of course, I was wrong.
I read books; I read web sites; I asked doctors; I asked every friend I had; I cried; I prayed; I begged.
I kept schedules; I bounced; I rocked; I swayed.
Still both of my children preferred to sleep in my arms (Charlie for naps) or in my bed (Jack at night).

Charlie grew out of it and goes to bed happily and sleeps great through the night. He even ASKS to take a nap.  He still wakes up before the crack of dawn, but he will stay in his bed and plays, so I am happy.

Jack, oh Jack. He just feels he needs to be with me.
But last night we had a break through.
I hope.
After attempt number five (from 1:45 am to 3:00 am) I finally got him back to sleep in his crib.
So for the first time in ten months and twenty days I woke up in my bed, next to my husband, and no baby.
Amen.

12 comments:

  1. Oh man, I know how this feels!!! I "talk" about sleep a lot too. I can count on my hands how many times I've gotten a full night of sleep since S came home two years ago. And four of those are only because it was orchestrated that way and I slept in another room. It's SO incredibly tough.

    Which means that I am wholeheartedly shouting AMEN with you!!

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  2. Wahooooo! What a huge moment! So happy for you, woman, and I'll be sending out sweet prayers that it'll stick. :)

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  3. Go Jack...keep it up buddy!
    This only slightly terrifies me, by the way...

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  4. I can't wait to wake up next to my husband again...Callan has been sleeping in bed with us for a little over 3 months. I love that he wants to be close to us, but C'MON. We will be starting mission "Callan sleep in your crib at night" in the next week or two...

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  5. yay for waking up in your own bed witht hte hubz only. enjoy holding them in your arms though it goes super fast. my oldest is starting jr. high in the fall i wish i could make him small again.

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  6. he is so cute!!!!!!
    your boys just can't get enough of you :)
    the 3 animal paintings look awesome above the crib!
    i feel your pain. and so i also feel your joy :) and i also cross my fingers & knock on wood for you that it happens again tonight!

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  7. Yippeee! Mine haven't ever slept with us, but I get called in to fix my daughter's blankets and rock my son every night. I've slept through the night 6 times in 4 years (not that I'm counting. . .)

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  8. This post scares me a little bit. Glad you had your break through! I'm going to go nap in preparation of August 10.

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  9. This is quite the news! Congrats to Jack and let's hope that he repeats this tonight?

    (Don't count on it my friend...he's got that look in his eyes...)

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  10. Yes, but look how CUTE he is! I mean, really, who wouldn't want that cutie sleeping in the bed with them? Until he's 15.
    My Jack still gets in bed with us every night. Must be a Jack thing.

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  11. oh you sweet girl. bless your tired heart. this mama thing is rough!!

    ya for a breakthrough!!

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  12. Congratulations! Sleep is so important. I stumbled across your blog, and couldn't help but relate:

    July will mark 9 yrs of our sleepless nights.

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