Two days after we brought Baby O home from the NICU, we had both kids asleep, the bills paid, and the mail sorted so we took a few minutes to sit on the couch and feel smug. “We rawk this parenting gig, don’t we?” we said to each other. “How awesome are we?” we nudged one another. “Everyone should be like us!” we humbly exclaimed.
It wasn’t until Saturday night (or, rather, very very early Sunday morning) that Karma came to bite our ass, as Karma is wont to do. The Little Man woke up, just as we thought he might, and stayed up all night long. Read: All. Night. Long. He’s pulling the night shift these days while LB pulls the day shift and between the two of them, I half expect my brain to explode in about four days.
During that time, very very early Sunday morning in the wee hours of the week where the Saturday night parties are still raging and the Sunday morning church-goers have hours upon hours left to dream, I cussed in frustration, “LB NEVER did this to us! I don’t think she was ever up ALL NIGHT LONG. MotherEffer!” Mommy brain and time are kind to the population. If we all remembered nights like that, we’d never do it again. And while I do remember her being fussy at times, I actually didn’t recall ever being up the enter effing night. This is why we blog, Internet.
I came across the entry where LB screamed all night. The starting sentence on November 8, 2004 goes like this: “I slept 2 hours last night. Two. Not in a row. ” I then recounted in painfully boring detail (that I’m ever so thankful for now) exactly how hellish that night was and exactly what we did to attempt to make her FOR-THE-LOVE-OF-ALL-THAT-IS-HOLY stop crying. I went to bed at 8AM that day.
I can’t believe I thought one child was hard. Because now? When the Boy Child goes to bed at 7AM? The Girl Child gets up at 7:30 and HAHAHA! Karma is laughing its ass off all the way to the sperm bank. All because two days after we got home we swapped hand-jives and ego boosters like a posse in some grade B film.
Wow - hope you guys can manage some sleep sometime soon. Any parents nearby you can call in for reinforcements for a couple of days?
By heather on 2007 06 12
Heh. I was up all night too last night… it sucked… only I still do have vivid recollections of this with Ben. Next time it happens, I’ll text ya. We can be awake against our will together!!!
By Erin on 2007 06 12
UGH. When are the reinforcements arriving?
By Marie on 2007 06 12
That just plain sucks. I remember nights like that when my girls were babies. Do you want me to fly up and help out?
By Renee on 2007 06 12
I may have screwed the pooch here…..As I was sitting here about to tell you how bad I feel for you, I was *in my mind* high fiving myself because my youngest is now 8, and we are past that crap. Then I remembered where that got you, crap, they are all prob. gonna get mono with a side of strep throat…....
By Reevesfarm on 2007 06 12
Girlfriend, I am so sorry you are going through this. Ruby is no preemie, but for the first 5 weeks we did the same thing. Toddler up all day, baby partying all night long. I almost died. It was like I was so tired and there was no escaping the tiredness and I lost my damn mind. I had also forgot that my 1stborn ever had been up all night, but I know that isn’t true.
What we did with Ruby was to cry uncle and let her *gasp* sleep on her belly. She went from 10 min sleep intervals to 10 hour sleeps in one flip. Amazing.
By Kirdito on 2007 06 12
Oh, how I know this scenero all too well. Luckily it’s a short window and your body does crazy things like try and convince you it never, ever happened. It must be bad if our bodies completely block it from memory.
Hang in there - each week usually means better and better sleep, but you know this.
By Andy on 2007 06 12
Just remember…this is the last one right??? U guys are on the “up and up” (Just keep thinking that in your mind). It does get better! Maybe if you just think of it as a marathon it might help? I remember sitting on the couch having a similar conversation not too long ago with Steve. What dumb asses we are.
By Ronell on 2007 06 12
Sending lots of sympathy to you and sleepy vibes to your children.
I am so sorry—it will get better. Eventually they will sleep at *roughly* the same time.
By sleeping mommy on 2007 06 12
Ah, the joys of having two kids!
I think the sleep deprivation somehow affects the memory part of it… You’re too tired to even remember it happened!
Not alot I can say, other than hang in there. It eventually gets better! (How soon is a whole ‘nother topic. Just hang in there!!)
By Holly on 2007 06 12
So much for the “nap when the baby naps” advice the second time around, huh?
Having LB watch a movie while you are semi-consious on the couch is OKAY! If it’s any consolation, your writing IS still very coherent!
By AmyM on 2007 06 12
Yeah. I had the same entry after the second was born, too. I’m very guilty of using the tv so I can get a shower. Very guilty. It gets slightly better. Eventually.
By Lanna on 2007 06 12
Oh no…go to sleep baby O…at the right time, pleeeeeeeeze.
(As if that will really help…)
Well, it wont be this way forever.
These are the entries I read and think (while looking down at my still pregnant belly) “What was I thinking???!!” Groan…
By sarahgrace on 2007 06 12
How right you are. Hope started sleeping through the night at seven weeks. How I gloated. This was going to be a breeze! Brady slept through early on as well, so she would too RIGHT? i
Ok. I can’t remember the last time she slept through the night. It was a long time ago that stopped. I think it only lasted about a month. That was about 7-8 months ago? Sorry, can’t do the math right now. Brain not working and Girl is crying on m y lap and sucking on my arm. I had better go. I am still praying for you… and falling asleep in my chair at different hours of the day and night.
By hilary on 2007 06 12
Going to breathe in a paper bag now. THANKS.
By Susie on 2007 06 12
What always helps me at times like this is to remember and repeat like a soothing mantra, “This, too, shall pass!” And then remember it will, in the big scheme of things, pass very quickly. Then your kiddos will be grown up past the hugs and kisses and cuddles stages forever. Painting it like that yourself seems to take the edge off and even make you sad about it being over. Well…okay, maybe not entirely that last part!
By MGM on 2007 06 12
its all relative. i used to think two was hard. HAH. and HAHAHA…I can only imagine what 4 must be like.
By texasbelle on 2007 06 13
If it makes you feel any better, I haven’t slept through the night in almost two years all because Bridget STILL has yet to sleep through the night. Wait. How doesn that make you feel better? I guess it doesn’t really, although when you’re awake in the middle of the night, you can wonder if I’m awake too.
Hannah was a GREAT sleeper. When we brought Jacob home, it was horrible. He screamed and cried. I screamed and cried. No one slept (except Hannah and my husband) and I literally shook with exhaustiong. Cripes.
Just keep repeating to yourself, “This, too, shall pass.” And it will, a lot faster than you know.
Two kids is tough, my friend. However, if you ever decide to have a third, it’s somehow much easier
By Melissa R Garrett on 2007 06 13
Darlin’ let me let you in on a little secret that will now help get you through. You can now secretly snort and scoff at those having their first born child and laugh as they blog about the sleep deprivation.
I didn’t feel like a parent until the second one came along and all of the sudden I couldn’t pawn one off to the Hubby cause there was still one more to deal with.
I so remember these nights as I watched the clock and count down till when Mom Junior would wake up. Many mornings were spent with baby #2 in her bassinet beside, me in the recliner and Mom Junior happily sitting in my lap watching as many cartoons I could get her to watch while I cat napped.
If there is anything I could suggest, you’ve got to not watch the clock or you will only drive yourself more insane KNOWING how much sleep you are missing. Lord knows the kid ain’t and its not bothering him none!
By ^starshine on 2007 06 15