Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Sleep Woes

The first three or so months of Cam's life were a nightmare in terms of sleeping. He would go down for the night around 11pm, sleep until about 2 & then be up every 2 or 3 hours until he was finally up for the day at about 8am. I remember after his first week of life, he would sometimes refuse to nap until 4pm, rarely leaving me with a break in the day. But, soon his naps improved, as did his pattern of sleeping at night. It took about six months until Cam slept through the majority of the night.

By the time Cam was 8 months old, he was sleeping like a champ; 7-7:30pm to 7:30am. That basically continued until, mmm, about a week ago when he decided he would wake up at 5-6am, but not every morning & he would go back to sleep until his normal time. Then last night he wouldn't go to sleep until 8:30pm; a good hour after his bedtime. And this morning, bing! up again at 6am. But, then I come to find out as Mike & I sit, frustrated in bed, that he was also up at 1:45am!! What the heck gives?! Our only guess is that it may relate to the fact that Cam's second set of molars are coming through. The pediatrician said this was early for his age, but he has typically been ahead of the game with this teeth since the get-go.

I just cannot understand how after a year of sleeping wonderfully, Cam is suddenly waking up & having bad sleep habits. You may think, Oh, give me a break, you should be so lucky to have a child that sleeps as well as yours. Or, Give me a break, this has only been going on for a week or so, lighten up. But, we just want to nip this issue in the bud before it becomes an every day habit. I don't want to be sitting here a year from now at 6am, thinking, Gosh, I remember when Cam used to sleep until after 7:30... what happened?

Another problem? Once I wake up, it's extremely difficult for me to fall back to sleep. I could be in a dead stupor one second, hear Cam crying over the monitor the next & be absolutely wide awake. So imagine how terribly I was sleeping when Cam was up every 2-3 hours. And even though Mike & I shared nighttime duties, I slept like hell between his times of sleep.

I'm hoping that I'm jumping the gun & making a big deal out of nothing, but I couldn't resist venting my frustrations over a blog post. Anyway, guess I'll get back to watching some Baby Einstein & eating cereal with Cam! One good thing about this, I get to spend a bit more time with my love bug before he has to go to daycare. See, I am a glass half-full kind of gal. But, not really. But, I am at least trying. Hey, throw me a freaking bone here!

Anyway, happy Hump Day, hope everyone is having a great week!

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  1. ahh sleep woes. my least favorite subject in the entire world!!!! i wish i had answers for you, but alas! my little toddler still wakes up at least 3-4 times a night, and her schedule varies. the thing i have realized is that we may want kids to be predictable, but they are little people just like us, and do we go to bed and wake up at the EXACT same time every day? no, we don't! so I cut her a little slack. she doesn't go to bed until 9:15 which is pretty predictable, but yesterday she slept til 9:30, the day before 8:30, today 7:30. just go with the flow...that is all you can do. maybe cameron is reaching a stage where he just doesn't need as much sleep. you never know. enjoy the extra time you have with him, and drink some caffeine to help you's my best friend.

  2. We would if we didn't have to wake up to get stuff done in the mornings, it's our internal clocks. I think humans are more predictable and trainable than you make them out to be. Just look at how women try to train their husbands! :)

  3. Maybe he's just going through a phase, try and stick to your guns. Hopefully he'll get over this soon.