It’s been a while since I’ve posted a blog. As a working mommy, once my 9-5 is over, I disconnect from the virtual world and focus on my baby.
Genevieve just turned ten months old. That means I haven’t had a full night’s sleep in ten months. Longer, actually, if you count all the restless nights of pregnancy.
At this age, the doctors say we’re supposed to eliminate nighttime feedings because babies should be sleeping through the night. Ha! Ha! Ha!
The doctors can come to my house if they’d like to sleep train my baby, but as a working mom, I choose cuddle time and sleep over the rules. I do what’s best for my family. That means co-sleeping in the same bed. I love that I get to have these precious nighttime moments since I miss so much of her daily activity. However, she’s been waking up a bit more often than usual.
I attribute recent sleep disturbances to teething and the fact that she really seems to want to sleep on her stomach, but I won’t let her. Also, she’s so in tune with all my movements that my restlessness disturbs her slumber.
My husband and I decided to start trying to transition her to the beautiful, unused crib in her nursery. The process is awful. We’ve tried letting her cry it out, even though that tugs at my heartstrings. We leave her in the crib or playpen throughout the day so she can get used to it. I even moved the playpen next to our bed and let her sit in it with her favorite toy and nursery rhymes on TV. Nothing seems to work. Not even sound machines or fun ceiling lights.
I would be OK with co-sleeping a little longer if I was able to sleep comfortably at night. But that’s not the case. And I have systemic exertion intolerance disease (chronic fatigue) so sleep is very important to my health. I’ve been increasingly run down and sick because of sleep deprivation, so it’s vital that this sleeping dilemma is solved.
As much as I adore falling asleep at night with my little girl’s arms hugging my neck, I know I’ll be a much more active mom during playtime if I can just get a good night’s rest! And I think she will sleep better solo as well.
As a side note, my daughter is very clingy with me so my husband is unable to help much with the situation.
Hoping to connect with other moms who have conquered similar circumstances!