We were really fortunate that our first daughter was always an amazing sleeper. By four months she was doing 10-hour stretches and consistent naps and the rest was history. But, as they say (who are “they” anyways?) every baby is different. And boy, are “they” right. While our now 5-month-old didn’t start off as a terrible sleeper – who even once way back in the day did 8-hour stretches for an entire week – she definitely is deserving of the World’s Worst Sleeper title now. After “bedtime” (and I say that loosely because what is bedtime if they don’t really stay asleep?), she’s up every 1.5-2 hours until the wee hours of the morning when it’s time for us to drag ourselves out of bed and get through the day in a perpetual zombie-like state. And this has been going on for over a month… aka FOREVER.
- “It’s just a phase, this too shall pass.” – While, yes, I know this is probably true, when you’re in the throes of major sleep deprivation and chronic exhaustion, it feels like this too shall never pass. So while I know you mean well, my brain is frankly too tired to hear it.
- “Oh, I know. My baby woke up twice last night too!” – My baby doesn’t just wake up twice people. Try four, five, even six times! If she only woke up twice I’d be doing some grateful crazy lady dance in the rain.
- Sharing that you had a baby just like that and that they still wake up every 2 hours throughout the night even though they’re now 5! That. Cannot. Happen. Right? Right?!
- “Awww…she just wants to see you.” – I had that thought once. Like a month ago once. That’s about the only time I thought that notion was cute and charming. I’d prefer to see her in the daylight hours, thank you very much.
- Any story that lasts longer than two minutes – It’s not you, it’s me. My brain is too tired to function and absorb long-winded stories that I’m sure are probably fascinating/hilarious/newsworthy. So if you see my eyes begin to glaze over 60 seconds in, please don’t be offended, I do it to everyone.
All that being said, I am grateful that during the daylight hours she’s a happy baby who takes regular naps with ease. But like they always say, the grass is always greener on the sleepier side.
Are there any things you hated hearing when you were sleep deprived?