Thursday, November 15, 2007

Wanted: Sleep!

I really really hope this doesn't come out as a bunch of complaining. I just feel like if there is one place I can tell the good and bad of my life it's here. I am so tired! Natalie went to bed at 9:00 and then I was up with her at 12:30, 3:30, 4:30, and 6:00. Nate is always so happy to help with her, but sometimes there's just not much he can do if she's hungry. When Nate started working with her at the 6 wake up, I told him I was going to take her so I could feed her before Jansen woke up. And she had wet through her sleeper on that last one. Jansen also gave me a scare and woke up at 5:30 but thankfully went back to sleep. I feel like I have been so blessed though. I can usually get through the day feeling pretty good unless I sit and read to Jansen or when I am nursing Natalie. I often fall asleep nursing her and have found myself with my head touching hers and I am drooling on her hand. How embarrassing! Then there was the time the other night that Nate and I were praying together and I was praying out loud and fell asleep in the middle of a sentence. Oops.



Natalie still won't sleep on her own during the day for more than about 20 minutes. And getting her to sleep in the first place is crazy! Some of the things I have had to do lately: swaddle her and then give her the pacifier and then turn on the vibrating chair and bounce the chair. And she wakes up if I stop bouncing her. This morning I put her in the wrap and then faced her towards the computer and had her watch the visual effects while soft music played and I bounced back and forth. I only wish the deep knee bends still worked. They seem so simple and reliable now! But I know it will pass and she has this smile she does where she shrugs her shoulders and just grins and it makes me so happy. She always acts like she is just thrilled to see me and Nate and it is so sweet.

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Relief is coming...just hold on. I would more than happy to sleep with Natalie on the recliner, if she will let me. So you may want to move it into the other room when I come. And even if she won't let me we'll survive. I'll also be on duty for Jansen early wakeups. Just abuse me, I won't be around for long! love mom

Kent and Leisy said...

jess... you are too good. I would have given up long ago. I have such a good little rugrat and he still drives me crazy. and just today driving I thought to myself... jessica is always writing about all of the wonderful things about her little rugrats and I complain about getting up at six-thirty the one day with mine! Heavenly Father must know you've got more patience and love to give than I do!!

lindsey said...
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lindsey said...

Oh Jess, I know what you are going through. Well, kinds of. I only have one. Jordan did the exact same thing. Finally at a check up, the doctor told me to just let her take her cat naps. I was wary of this b/c of the sleep books I had read. I wanted her to take long naps and the only way was if I held her. I let her do the cat naps anyway and very soon they got longer and longer! She went from 5-6 short naps to 2-3 long ones! Good luck.

Angie, who is tired too... said...

My dear Jess, you are preaching to the choir. I had 2 sleep walkers and a puker just last night. Shane came home from work early the other day because I was so tired I couldn't see straight...Evie didn't nap well until she was much older than Natalie is now, and I remember thinking that you had Jansen taking better naps than Evie did! This too shall pass! It is so unbelieveable hard, but they are worth all the hard work, it's just hard to make sense of it all when you would rather sleep than do anything else. I remember thinking I would rather be starved for food than sleep. I still feel that way! Keep pushing through. It will get better...many prayers are headed your way tonight! Love you so much.

kiki comin said...

i totally understand...in a few months you will forget this even happened..and you will wish she still just laid in one spot! don't you love how life is so relative to right where you are at!

The Scott Family said...

Jessica! i totally hear you. i hope that natalie starts giving you better nights! sofie is pretty much up all night too and it is a killer! Aiden decided yesterday morning to get up at 5:15 am! I know what you are going through and it is so tough! Also, sofie will not sleep during day either. I have already read two baby books and neither work with her. I need to find a book written for a baby with colic!!!!! It will get better soon right??!! Hang in there.