Wednesday, May 06, 2009


This is a post that will be full of me whining. If you are wanting to read cute stories of Ephraim, such as how he has started stomping his feet when he is either really excited or mad - you have come to the wrong place. However I might put cute pictures of him in this post just so it makes it seem more interesting.

I am cranky today. I don't like being cranky. My crummy sleeper of a son has been really on (or off) of his game the past week. I am talking not normal behavior which equals really crappy sleep for both of us. I have gotten really good at surviving on sleep that is interrupted every few hours, but I lose all patience when he stays awake for long periods of time (last night he was up from 1-4) or seems to not be trying to go to sleep (stubborn - you bet).

We have a great bedtime routine. Forrest reads him stories, I nurse, we snuggle/sing and then he goes down in his crib. He sometimes falls asleep nursing and other times fall asleep after being laid back down several times. We don't do a night time bath because that seems to energize him and not relax him. Ephraim seems to have a really hard time shutting his brain off and relaxing enough to go to sleep without help. He is a crummy self soother and always has been. He doesn't take a pacifier and hasn't attached to a stuffed animal or other "lovey." On a good night Ephraim will sleep in 3-4 hours intervals. On a great night he will go 5-6. Great nights happen every couple of weeks. I try to let him fuss/cry for awhile before I go into help get him back to sleep, but 9 times out of 10 he needs help.

I know that eventually will sleep through the night. I know that when that happens, I might actually miss the late night snuggling (buy probably not for awhile). Most days I am content to continue with things the way they are (he sleeps 10-12 hours a night, just not consecutive, and is a pretty decent napper.) Today, though I needed to whine - so thanks for putting up with reading.


Bethany said...

You are amazing! I think I would have had to post 10 cranky posts in the time it's taken you to post 1. Sleeplessness is the hardest thing about having a kiddo. Seriously, you are amazing.

bug2330 said...

no need to apologize! everybody needs to vent- otherwise we would explode! we've been having some issues with zach staying in his bed at night and i just keep trying to remind myself that it won't last forever! i'm pretty sure that i won't have a jr. high boy who still likes to sleep in my bed! =-) i'm sending you happy sleep thoughts and prayers!

Aj Schwanz said...

I remember sitting with Abel at 3am while he was not sleeping, yelling at Jason, "God already knows I'm crazy: why would he add to that by giving me a child who takes away my sleep?!!?" :) The pictures are adorable, you whine very gracefully, and sleepy wishes are sent your way.

Barb said...

tonight's the night - it won't be just any night - tonight is the night he'll sleep through....

Can you hear my musical notes in my message?

Sweet dreamy thoughts for both of you