It’s 8:00 am. W is quiet. She’s watching Peppa Pig. I couldn’t think of anything else to calm her down. She’s been crying on and off, but hard, for the last 4 hours. No fever. Just really miserable cries. I gave her Motrin a few minutes ago, hoping we can catch some sleep soon.
W’s night started out well. M put her to bed after I nursed her. She fell asleep almost immediately – at 6:45pm. As predicted, she woke at around 9:50 pm. M went to her and tried to settle her. He wasn’t successful in returning her to the crib without her crying. So I went to her. By the time I get her back into the crib, it was close to midnight I think.
I got to sleep for under 2 hrs when she woke again around 1:30pm. Her cough sounded bad – like it hurt her chest to cough. She also vomited a little from coughing. There was no position that made her comfortable. From then on, she slept on and off until about 4:00am.
This is when she started crying miserably. It was so sad to hear her crying. M tried. I tried. She didn’t even want to nurse. For example I laid her down on our bed to nurse and she’d close her eyes and try to sleep. But then minutes later would burst out crying from unknown reasons.
I felt helpless. I didn’t know how to make her feel better or stop crying.
I’m just glad that she’s happier now. I hope she sleeps for her nap. I need it too.
9:23 pm. I’m sitting in the rocking chair, holding W, again. I went to her at 8:26 pm, got her settled and back in the crib. I was in the midst of enjoying a delicious slice of carrot cake I baked earlier.
(At this point I feel like just bringing W in to our bed just so I can get some sleep. But maybe I should wait. It’s just that I’m starting to ache from sitting in the chair and holding her for hours on end.)
I’m on my own tonight from 4:30 pm today. M is at a Raptor’s game till late. I had all three kids for dinner and bedtime. Dinner was quick and easy – a teriyaki chicken bowl with broccoli and rice. I even managed to make a carrot cake from scratch.
It’s been over a week since W moved to her new room. The last couple of nights have been so exhausting with me going to W all hours of the night. Once you’ve tasted sleep, it’s hard losing it again. I’m not sure why she’s waking a lot. It’s also become increasingly challenging to put her in the crib without her waking and crying. The I end up holding her some more until I fall asleep in the chair for a hour or so.
M suggested just letting her cry and go back to sleep on her own and not go to her at all. Well I tried that tonight and she just kept crying harder. By the time I picked her up she was so upset that she started coughing and gagging from crying so hard. That was less than ten minutes, too.
Some good things. We finally have a couple of gates up on the main floor so I’m able to let W walk around without worrying she’ll fall down stairs. The shoes I ordered from Sears before the holidays just came today! And they didn’t fit so now I need to figure out how to return an online purchase.
At one point, just after V came home and M was getting ready to leave, I was also preparing dinner. Z was going to be home before 5 do I needed to get the food ready. I tore off a large sheet of paper, squirted some poster paint on it and let the girls paint. I took off Ws clothes and let her paint naked.
W enjoyed herself so much it was comical to watch her. She even have herself a moustache. It looks like a lot of cleanup but in fact, it wasn’t. Baby: tub wash. Floor: tear off masking tapes sheets and mop. Voila!
(Gotta go put W down. I’m going to try and rest before the next I feel like a rough night is ahead of me. No rest
for mama tonight. Sigh.)
It’s been 7 years since I’ve slept through a night. I’m not kidding. There are days when I feel like a zombie. My body is tired but my brain is still going. When I was in my teens I used to think we was a waste of time. Well, that was 25 years ago.
I love this face and all her giggles and babbles. She really is a bundle of happiness. Even at midnight when she’s supposed to be asleep.
Yesterday’s naps were crap. The usual 1 HR 20 min morning nap lasted for a mere 44 min. It was only 9:20 am by the time she woke. On the way to pickup Z from school, she got tired and fussy. As we approach the dentist she fell asleep and M had to drive her around. We managed to squeeze only 40 min out of it. Still it was not even 1:30 pm.
I my mind, I thought, ” There’s no way she’ll last till bedtime!”.
We managed to get home by 5:30pm so I get the kids bathed and changed. W fell asleep without a hitch by 6:30 pm. So did I. I was exhausted. I rescheduled tutoring as I couldn’t keep my eyes open. But I still needed to make lunches. Nothing prepared me for what was about to happen three hours later.
W slept soundly for three hours. And In that time, I made lunches, tidied up the kitchen, sat down to watch some tv with a cup of tea.
9:30 pm. She woke. I went to her and tried to settle her. She did for a brief moment but I couldn’t put her down. I was getting tired so I laid down with her. That’s when she decided to get giddy and play. That lasted until about 1:30. That’s right. It was a brutal 4-HR wakeful time. She was happy. It just wasn’t the right time.
I guess all this can be attributed to teething once again. She’s getting her upper left incisor. I hope this doesn’t last too long. I can imagine how exhausting this must be for her as well.