Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Coming up for air

It's been a rocky few days around here, but last night was an improvement, thank God! We made it through those first few nights of "nurse briefly, put the baby down awake," and then moved on to the "pick up and comfort the baby, but don't nurse." We were so exhausted by that point that we slowly worked up to doing the "no nursing" for seven hours over a few days. And then we hit the time change. And then Mr. X went out of town.

Mr. X left on his business trip on Sunday. On Sunday night, we had cheese ravioli for dinner. Nick loooves cheese ravioli. He kept asking for more, and since I had taken the kids for a loooong walk before dinner (because it was fun, and also in hopes that the exercise would help them sleep) I thought he had just worked up a really good appetite. I had the kids in bed and asleep by 8:30. Sarah woke up at 10:30 and I got to bed myself around 11:00. I had a really hard time falling asleep, as I always do when Mr. X is gone--I just feel so "on" and worried about taking care of both kids overnight. But I fell asleep, and woke up to Nick crying really hard just before 1:00. I went in the room, and he had thrown up all that cheese ravioli. He wanted out of the crib (no kidding!), and then seemed fine. I asked him if he felt OK, and he said "OK." Evidently, he just ate too much. It took about an hour to get him cleaned up and the sheets changed and room aired and settle him back in to sleep. Thank God, Sarah didn't wake up! But then she woke up at 3:30 and 4:30 and 6:00. On Monday night, I got the kids to bed pretty early, but there were many wakeups, I stayed up late working till after midnight, and they woke up for good at 6:30. So I took them to daily mass with friends, which was great, and then I planned on napping with them in the afternoon. But they didn't nap. I just about lost it! But I got them up and they were good as gold while I finished up the work I had to get done. Then our babysitter came, I went to my spiritual formation class, and she had them asleep by 7:30. And Sarah slept for eight hours! And Nick slept all night! And they both woke up at 7:30 this morning! So life is looking pretty great right now. Just two more nights till Mr. X gets home!

6 comments:

HereWeGoAJen said...

I'm glad the sleep is going better! Awesome.

mrsblondies said...

Sorry to hear about the rough night, but I'm glad things are getting better now.

Tridentine Wife said...

It sounds like thesleeping is getting better, have you read "Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Baby"? I love it and it has helped almost instantly. I would probably eat enough cheese ravioli to make me sick too, I love the stuff.

Awaiting a Child of God:) said...

Thank the heavens for the sleep:):):)

Beth said...

Hello! Glad to hear from you! Not much to add except I weaned John Paul completely just recently at 17 months since we're about to have number 3 and I did not want to tandem :) I was worried about it scarring him or changing our relationship but honestly it hasn't! I was glad to have a short break before getting back on that horse again in a few weeks! Madeleine weaned on her own at around 20 months when I was about 5 months pregnant with JP. I was waiting for him to do the same thing this pregnancy but he is younger and he was powering through... so we had to speed up the process a little :)

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