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Chronicles of a New Mum: Dear Sleep, I Miss You

Chronicles of a New Mum: Dear Sleep, I Miss You

Yes, I am one of those mums whose child did not get the memo that it's time to sleep through the night. Maybe she's still actually hungry (although she eats a ton of food during the day), or maybe night nursing has just become a habit. But I know one thing for sure... I am utterly exhausted.

Nine months is a long time to endure fragmented spurts of sleep, night after night after night. These days, I fall asleep on the couch without fail before 9pm, even when we're watching Narcos on Netflix. Yep, I’m so tired that I actually fall asleep when Columbian drug cartels battle it out on the streets of Medellin. (I really think the Spanish accents are quite soothing.) Missed TV shows aside, everyone has an opinion about what to do... the pediatrician urged us to sleep train (which is a much more pleasant way of saying to let her cry until she falls back to sleep).

I know that this approach definitely works and lots of my friends have done it successfully. But every night when we hear those first few fusses from the nursery, my husband and I have the same conversation. It goes something like this:

Me: "What should we do?"

Him: "I don't know, what do you think?"

Me: "I don't know! let's give her a minute and see what happens."

Him: (a minute later) "What should we do? Should I go in and rub her back?"

Me: "Ughhhhh. NO. She knows you don't have boobs. That just pisses her off even more."

Him: "I'm sorry!"

Then I dramatically fling the covers off the bed and go in and feed her. Rationally, I know we've got to do something if this keeps going on much longer. But I'm really holding out hope that this is just another developmental milestone she'll get to her on own (hopefully like, tomorrow) and the dreaded 3am wake-up call will soon be a distant memory. Any tips or tricks that worked for you?