Oh I feel like I'm back in the same place that I was 2 years ago! The no sleep thing. Ugh. I knew it was coming, I knew it would suck, and I was right!
Dahlia's doing great on sleeping & going to bed (for the most part). We have instituted the timer routine & that works quite well. We say - you have 5 minutes (or whatever) to brush teeth & get jammies on. Then I set the alarm clock on my phone. It goes off in 5 minutes & then we HAVE to move on to the next thing (reading a book). When the snooze goes off in another 7 or 8 minutes, we have to shut off the light...then we saw our prayers, sing some songs & by time it goes off again it's time for the crib. The whole process takes longer than I'd like but right now I'm just happy that there isn't a fight.
August, on the other hand, that kid just doesn't sleep. He 'cat naps' during the day. In the bouncy, stroller, car seat, high chair - but whenever I put him in his crib hoping for a longer nap, it's maybe 20 minutes maximum! At night time he falls asleep after I nurse him pretty good, but has lately been waking up every hour (either to eat or have his nuk replaced) until about 1 or 2am at which point I just cannot take it any more & I bring him in to sleep with me. Then I get pretty horrible, fragmented sleep for the rest of the night as I lay there & nurse him off & on & hope that he will SLEEP! And then he is WIDE WIDE WIDE awake at 6 or 7....and we start all over again. I'm grateful for when Dahlia sleeps until 7.
I know I'm whining about the inevitable but some days it's just so hard. Hard to have any patience. Hard to have any inspiration, any motivation, gumption, what have you. I fantasize about sleeping for ore than 4 hours in a row....I know it's there in the future, I just can't see it yet.
I keep telling Steve that sometime this fall I'm going to go away for the night. To a hotel. By myself. So I can watch cable, knit, read & sleep. But I don't even know when that can happen as August is still eating so often!
Ah well, a girl can dream even if she can't sleep.