Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Everyday Life: On sleep with a newborn and toddler

Happy doesn't quite describe how I feel this morning.

Let's try some other words:

"Rested?!" you ask. "With a 9-day-old newborn?!"

Um, yeah! If your jaw hit the ground, let me tell you mine has been there, too, since waking this morning at 8:30 a.m. because my newborn slept amazingly well last night; he only woke twice between the hours of 9:30 p.m. and 8:30 a.m. to chow down. That's right he did this ...

with only two brief wakings for ELEVEN hours!.

And to make it even better and give me an even bigger glimmer of hope that last night wasn't just a passing fad, he has looked like this during the day

for quite a few hours yesterday and today! Could it be he's already understanding the difference between night and day?! Tell me it's possible! I can hear the Hallelujah chorus running through my head right now, and I'm so not even kidding.

I thought this kind of thing only happened to people in movies or books. I thought the mommy bloggers who bragged about how their kids slept during the night without waking every few hours were big fat liars or at least taking some type of sleeping aid that helped them snooze through all of the incessant night-time crying. I didn't think babies slept like this ... after all, you're looking at the woman who was awake with her first child at least once every two hours for the first 15 months of his life. I walked around like a zombie for at least the first eight months of the toddler's life before I graduated to functioning as a sleep-deprived human.

While I'm talking/gushing about this whole concept of sleep with my toddler and newborn... two days in a row, I took at nap with both boys at the same time in the same bed for more than an hour.

[Insert another jaw drop here.]

I don't know how this happened, but I'm not one to question the grace of God or the mysterious sleep habits of munchkins, so off to nap I go for the third day in a row. Thank you, God, for having mercy on a very tired woman!

But seriously someone pinch me. And convince me that I shouldn't go buy a lottery ticket because I'm feeling like the world's luckiest woman.

When did your kids figure out the whole sleep thing?


  1. That's how the first three months or so were with Paige :) It's wonderful when it happens, enjoy every minute of the restfulness!!

    And my goodness, that is one ADORABLE sleeping baby picture! (and the other is cute too, but there's something about sleeping babies...)

  2. Yea! Congrats! Enjoy it now, chances are he'll change it schedule since you just talked about it on your blog. :)

  3. Enjoy every sleeping moment. It can change so quickly. I remember having an easy first week with my second son and then, he was up all the time :)

  4. What, you're trying to make us hate you? :) First I hear about a friend of mine who had a baby in a matter of hours (few, short, like fit on one hand hours) and now this? Then again -- take it while you can. Congrats!

  5. Very cute pictures! Enjoy the resting now! It may pass when teething starts.

  6. These are wonderful pictures. I'm glad you are getting sleep. It is a wonderful thing. I hope it keeps up. My first one slept his third night from the hospital and continued. My other two did not. One took 10 months. One 12 months.


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