Sleep is the Best Medicine

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So yesterday I was sleep deprived.  Today….Today I am well rested.  It really is amazing what a good night’s sleep can provide.  You wake up happy.  You wake up loving everyone and everything.  You stretch and think ‘TODAY IS GOING TO BE AN AMAZING DAY!’ Why world? BECAUSE I SLEPT FOR 9 HOURS! and Baby slept for 10! woot woot.

I had purchased the Baby Whisperer by Tracy Hogg because we were having trouble with Alli’s daytime/night time/all around sleep routine.  She had suggested that if baby is up all night (which she was) to only allow 45 min. naps during the day so that she gets out of the long nap routine that she’s been having.

Let me back up a bit. As a new mother, I didn’t really read as much literature as I could’ve while I was pregnant because I didn’t want to go bonkers then.  I wanted to just concentrate on meeting my baby and not worry about everything before she was even in the world.  So I took the ‘go with the flow’ mantra.  Baby arrived, and yes I was reassured to just attend to my baby’s needs.  If she needs to eat, feed her, if she’s sleeping, let her sleep until she wakes up…And yes that did work AMAZINGLY well for the first 5.5 weeks of her life! 🙂  Then the night of Jan. 2 came….and all hell broke loose.  That was the first night she stayed UP ALL NIGHT….from then on (which was only 13 days ago) I started the hunt on for a peaceful night.

**Side Note**Don’t get wrong, it’s not like Alli slept through the night every night.  The first 2 weeks I was super sleep deprived as well because I had to wake her up every 2-3 hours to feed her.  But at least I was sleeping every 2-3 hours. It was broken, but at least it was sleep.  Not sleeping ALL NIGHT is a totally different kind of pain.  Especially after a long day already and another long day ahead of you to take care of your precious little one.  I love her to pieces, but I NEED TO SLEEP.**

The most popular doctor recommended book is Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child By Dr. Marc Weissbluth M.D..  So I bought it, because it’d doctor recommended.  As I was shopping online for the book, The Baby Whisperer was also on sale, so I got that too.  When the Healthy Sleep Habits book arrived I skimmed through it trying to figure out what I needed do to help my baby sleep.  This book recommends the extinction method.  For those who don’t know, it’s basically sleep training for your baby to cry it out.  Since Alli’s so young, I didn’t think we should try this method yet, and I don’t know how I feel about her crying it out alone.

Miraculously, Alli was back to a somewhat ‘normal’ sleeping routine (ie. I was still listening to her as to when she wanted to sleep/eat, but I was now trying to keep her awake for at least an hour between naps.

A few days later, The Baby Whisperer book had arrived, but I didn’t have a chance to read it, and Alli was sleeping/eating fine…then the second sleepless night happened, the next day I tried to devour the book. We had a couple of good nights..until two days ago… I was still keeping her up an hour between naps, but maybe I still let her nap too much.

One of Tracy’s method, the baby whisperer, is EASY (Eat, Activity, Sleep, You) which you repeat on a 2hr, 3hr or 4 hr cycle depending on the age of your baby.  I tired the full cycle the morning of Friday and I probably let Alli nap a bit too long? or maybe she’s on a growth spurt, because that’s when she stayed up ALL NIGHT.

So Saturday morning (yesterday), I posted my sleep deprivation blog…and tried to find a solution.  Tracy suggests that maybe baby has her days/nights switched, which means that she’s napping way too much during the day and that it’s ‘robbing’ baby of her sleep at night.  So her solution was to only allow baby to sleep for 45min. naps for 3 days straight to ‘re-program’ them so that that they don’t sleep as much during the day and will sleep more at night.

HALLELUJAH! It worked!  We put Allanie to bed around 7pm because she was sleepy.  She slept for an hour, woke up wanting to feed, went back to sleep at 9 and SLEPT UNTIL I WOKE HER UP THIS MORNING AT 7AM! I also went to bed at 10am, so I got a FULL NIGHTS REST and again HALLELUJAH! I feel amazing 🙂

Sleep is the best medicine because I feel amazing and it’s going to be a great day!  Let’s try a repeat performance tonight.

 

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