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Chronicles of a New Mum: The Sleep Saga

Chronicles of a New Mum: The Sleep Saga

The newborn phase passes, and sleep stretches get longer. But just as you’re getting used to being reunited with glorious sleep yourself, she learns how to (insert milestone that diminishes all sleep progresses) and then all bets are off.

I’m going to blame it on teething (since that seems like a safe assumption for everything baby-related that’s hard to explain), but my 7-month-old is waking up 1-2 times a night again. The hardest thing for me is just not knowing when I'll be jolted out of a deep sleep. Will it be midnight? 3am? Midnight AND 3am?

I'm still breastfeeding, so the quickest way to get her back to sleep is to nurse her. I don't think she actually needs to eat, but I'm too tired to figure out plan B just yet. It’s only been a month since she started solids (and she’s not a huge fan). So maybe she does need a feeding overnight. But soon, I’m going to start sending my husband in there to rub her back and hope she gets the message that it's bedtime, not feeding time. This worked for some of my friends, so we’ll see how it pans out over here.

In positive news, she has a predictable morning and afternoon nap schedule which is great for planning out our day. She goes down pretty easily and usually sleeps for close to 2 hours. (Trust me, I know that’s really awesome and I probably just jinxed everything by putting it in writing.) So, even if the nights are tough, at least the daytime sleeping is better.

I guess you can't have it all. Or can you? Are there some magical unicorn babies that bless their parents with 12 hours of uninterrupted sleep? If you have one of those, thank your lucky stars everyday, and please send some good nighttime sleep vibes my way.

By Jess