When my daughter was born it was the happiest moment of my life, nonetheless, it also marked the beginning of many restless nights. Emma was not one of those babies that magically slept for 4 -6 hours a night. Nope, she woke up – what felt like – every 15 minutes. The fact that I breastfed her didn’t help. Although I can definitely attest that breastfeeding was a rewarding experience for both of us, it also meant that she was waking up for milk every 2 hours. Some nights she wouldn’t sleep at all, and naturally, I was exhausted in the morning. I felt like I was sleep deprived during the first 5 months of her life and honestly, I am not even sure how I managed to stay awake sometimes.
Emma’s sleep schedule gradually got better and by the time she was one, she was sleeping through the night. This was a huge victory for me, I was finally able to get a “good night sleep” again! And I slept well for about 1 year – More or less. But lately Emma has been waking up through the night. Last night she woke up and ran to our room to tell me a bee stung her (She has a very active imagination and loves animals so she imagines/pretends they are everywhere all the time). I brought her back to her room, told her that everything was fine and waited for her to go back to sleep. She woke up two other times calling for mommy and daddy, so we took turns and went to soothe her. The fourth time she woke up, she ran to our room again and I let her come in the bed with us – I had hoped that those restless days were over, but of course, I was wrong…
So once again, I am waking up 2 – 4 times per night and despite the fact that Emma goes back to sleep fairly quickly now, it still disrupts my sleep, especially when she is sharing the bed with us since she pretty much takes over.
Possible solutions to get Emma to sleep through the night again:
1. Place a blanket under her sheets to keep her warm
2. Darken her shades
3. Read a happy night-time story that doesn’t involve any eating (rather than little red riding hood – although she asks for it)
4. Give her a teddy bear to sleep with
P.S. It amazes me how equipped we (women) are to be mothers – I would have never thought I could have as much patience, run on such little sleep, contain/control my crankiness and frustration and shower my daughter with love all at the same time.