Precious, glorious, wonderful sleep – how I miss thee. Will I ever know what it’s like to sleep more than 3 hours at a time? Sometimes it feels like I’ll never know that feeling again. But I try to remind myself that this will pass. That said, right now is REALLY tough. And many of you have asked me for an update on Molly’s sleep patterns so I thought I’d share where we are today. Hopefully by sharing my experience (and you guys sharing yours in the comments below!) we can help each other and share tips so all the moms and dads reading this can get some much needed sleep.
Waking Up All Night Long
Where to begin? Well Molly has not been sleeping lately – like at all. I don’t think she slept more than a 2.5 to 3 hour stretch in over six weeks. And the last few nights have been especially hard with her waking up every single hour! Last night she just “talked” to herself in bed for almost 2 hours. And when I say talked, I don’t mean she was quietly making coos. Oh no. She was SHOUTING during the conversation with herself. So she wasn’t really crying (although she did that plenty of times throughout the night), she was just wide awake.
Normally this wouldn’t be that big of a problem; however, she sleeps in our bedroom next to our bed so that conversation she’s having keeps me up all night too. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that your baby stay in your room with you for 6 months to up to a year. So it’s been really important to us to keep Molly in our room. However, I just don’t know if we can do it anymore. I feel like she smells me and knows I’m nearby and wants to breastfeed for comfort. Any other moms experience this? Plus, by talking to herself instead of sleeping she’s not getting the much-needed sleep she needs. Which is making her a lot more fussy during the day.
And sometimes the talking turns into screaming. To train her for naps we actually let her cry a little bit. Not fully cry-it-out, but a limited cry method. Prior to “nap training”, she was only napping for 30 minutes at a time. But when we started letting her cry and learn to sooth herself, her 30 minute naps turned into an hour to two hour naps – which is great! So we thought we could use the same logic when she wakes up in the middle of the night. So, when she wakes up we’ll let her cry but she DOESN’T self soothe herself. She’ll cry and cry and cry (which breaks my heart) until I pick her up. Sometimes it’s not even hunger, because she won’t eat anything. I really don’t know what to do at this point. We’ll also give her a full bottle of breastmilk before bed to make sure she’s filling up her little tummy before bed.
Our one saving grace in all of this is the Owlet baby monitor. I blogged about the Owlet before and many of you had asked me if we still use it and like it. The answer to those questions? Yes, we use it every single night and we love it! Honestly, the little bit of sleep that I do get is only because of the Owlet. I know that when Molly is sleeping she is breathing and her little heart is beating and that allows me to get much needed sleep.
For those of you who don’t know, the Owlet is a little snuggly sock that Molly wears on her foot when she goes to bed at night. It monitors her heart rate and oxygen levels and sends that information to an app on my phone. If her heart rate or oxygen levels drop below a certain level an alarm on the base station of the Owlet goes off and will alert me and Kevin. We are so grateful that we have not heard that alarm. And I hope we never do. But knowing that we have this safeguard in place gives us such peace of mind.
My code still works btw. So you can use code MOLLY30 to get $30 off an Owlet monitor! It’s truly one of the best investments you’ll ever make. If any of you reading this have the Owlet, please share your stories in the comments below! I’m sure you must love it as much as I do. Get yours HERE.
Let’s Help One Another!
Anyway, thank you in advance for reading this blog and for sharing your tips in the comments below. Ever since I became a mom, I really wanted this blog to be a place where moms and dads can come together and share information. Well that, and share my super fun affordable fashion finds with all of you! Ha!
Now let’s share sleeps stories in the comments and hopefully help each other out!
One very tired mom
P.S. Thank you Owlet for everything! Partnering with you has been so incredible. The Owlet is the single most important product we own. We can’t thank you guys enough for creating it!