Thursday, October 28, 2010

Taking back the night

There are people who, when they are woken up in the middle of the night by a storm or a wrong number or, say, a 5 month old baby, can go right back to sleep.

I am not one of those people.

In a cruel twist of fate, Aaron (who has incredibly slept through the night since he was less than a month old) began waking up once or twice every night about a month ago. He wasn't hungry, didn't seem to have any particular agenda--he just woke up. So I'd go get him, rock him, and within minutes he would be out again. Lucky duck. I would then go back to bed and lay awake for an hour or more, trying to get back to sleep and taking way too long to succeed. This has resulted in a very exhausting October for me.

This week it seemed to get worse, so we finally decided that perhaps the addition of solid foods to his diet was the source of the problem. We did some experimenting with his feeding schedule and tried a few other tricks, and the past two nights he's been his old, sleep 10 hours straight self. Thank. The. LORD. I am just praying that it's not a trick, and that we are really over this miserable phase. We can't afford to keep buying the amount of Diet Dr. Pepper I was requiring each day to function.

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