Sleeping, Sitting and Eating

Look who's sitting.

I am so completely exhausted! I can hardly function. I can hardly sit in this chair upright. Not only have I had a couple busy weeks with lots going on but Sam’s sleeping habits have been terrible. It’s really my fault. I’ve been inconsistent. I’ve been running here and there catching naps only when they are convenient. We’ve been having many late nights. And it’s resulted in him waking up several time a night. Sometimes 4 times. His napping has been terrible too. Super short.

It’s not enough sleep. For me or him. He’s unhappy. I’m unhappy.

Right now he crying in his bed because some little toddler ran past his room in a delightful scream and woke him up. I want to cry. I don’t want to get him. It’s so sad. He’s such a darling little thing.

I know what I need to do. Routine. Have a regular bed time, regular nap time, and scheduled meals. I am just not that type of person. But I can try. I can do better than what’s been going on around here.

Sigh. 4 kids is killing me such a joy and a delight.

On a positive note, this darling baby boy has quite the appetite and is looking at my dinner plate like he wants to devour the entire thing. Yes, he is hungry. Did you see his cute 2 teeth in the pic above? They’ve been in for a month or so now. He isn’t even 6 months yet.

He is also beginning to sit. This is when I start to enjoy these babies much more. So cute and rolly polly. I love it when they can sit and play with a toy for a few minutes.

So tell me, have you been successful at sleep training your babies? Do you let them cry it out? Do you lovingly rock them to sleep? Nurse to sleep? There are so many different ways. How do you fit soccer, ballet and carpooling into nap time? Do you stick to routine or fly by the seat of your pants like me?

3 comments on Sleeping, Sitting and Eating

  1. Carrie
    November 14, 2012 at 10:47 pm (1 year ago)

    Oh he’s so stinkin’ cute! I love the crash to the floor that doesn’t phase him one bit. Sorry about the no sleep situation. I guess I could tell you what works for my babies, but I don’t think you’ll like it because like you said, you’re “just not that type of person.” My baby’s naptimes kind of take priority for a while. Yes, it is a sacrifice, but I know how I get when I’m sleep deprived and I know how a tired baby pretty much can turn anything into a disaster. For me I’d rather commit to a naptime, but I’m definitely a homebody so it’s not too terrible. For you, I can see where it’d be torture. As far as nights go, I’m of the let them cry it out mentality. It is SO hard at first, but if you know he’s perfectly ok, the crying is far worse for you then him. After a few nights he’ll learn that night is for sleeping, but only if you’re consistent. And it is hard, I know, but you have to do it for your own sanity and you’ll find that Sam will be a much happier baby too. Good luck. And go ahead and curse my name while your laying in bed listening to him scream and wanting so badly to go get him. It helps to have someone else to blame :)

  2. lindsey
    November 16, 2012 at 4:34 pm (1 year ago)

    Nap time isn’t always consistent at our house, but bedtime is. Starting at 5 months my kids go into their own beds and bedrooms and I no mlonger feed them at night (if they needed the calories I would, but they didn’t so…). With my first we just did cold turkey crying it out. It took one night and he slept from 7-7 and still does. I got a little softer with each one (just had #5, 7 months ago)) and when they cry i will go and give them back a pacifier and rub their back. but no talking and no eye contact and I definitely don’t pick them up (obviously this is different if they are sicck or hurt). I know a lot of people can’t stand to do it but it has worked so well for our kids and all of them are excellent sleepers.

  3. Sabra
    November 19, 2012 at 11:18 am (1 year ago)

    Aww Mand! How are things going? Have you decided on a routine? Is he doing any better? I know I was a factor in “lots going on”!! Miss you all, and that roly-poly cutie pie of yours!! xo