My dream has come true. Sprog has finally heard my prayers and slept through the night.
After six-and-a-half months of listening to smug bastards share how their little darling has slept through the night since emerging from the womb, Sprog has treated US to this holy grail of milestones. A full, 11 hours of uninterrupted sleep.
Yes. You read that right. ELEVEN HOURS OF CONTINUOUS SLEEP!
I’ve not been overly concerned about the fact he wakes. It’s more the effect the lack of sleep has had on me. Never in my life have I been so tired, anxious and on the brink of some sniffle/cold/illness.
It’s truly incredible just what lack of sleep can do to you. I’ve felt on the verge of losing my mind. My vision is blurry, I’m short-tempered (more than normal!), I’ve got a continual sore throat, I look shit, and most mornings my husband walks on egg shells until I’ve had some form of caffeinated beverage.
So, thank you Son. Thank you for giving your Mummy and Daddy the gift of sleep. You have no idea just how much it means to us.
Naturally, turning the heating on last night did make me panic that I’d overheated him. So on waking, after momentarily shitting myself at the clock staring back at me with 05:56am, I pelted through to his room to check he wasn’t swimming in a cot of sweat.
Once I’d checked he was alive, I then had to attend to my rock hard boobs. It’s never straight forward is it? We get the gift of a night’s sleep, only to be rewarded with hand expressing in the shower. Oh the glamour!
I’m not entirely sure what has changed to bring about this miracle, but what I can share is what we’ve been doing recently that may have had an effect.
- Weaning. Sprog has started eating 2 main meals a day. Perhaps the amount of energy it takes to digest the food means he needs more sleep? He does look pretty dopey after a meal, and the amount of effort he puts into pooping, sure looks tiring.
- Daytime Napping. Although we don’t have a specific time for Sprog to nap during the day, I watch his sleepy cues and pop him down when he gets tired and I make sure he gets at least one nap in his cot per day. I think this routine ensures he’s not overtired for bedtime.
- Bedtime Routine. Every night Sprog’s routine is identical. Feed. Bath. PJs. Story. Sleep. He knows what to expect and is ready at the end of it all to get some shut-eye.
I’m sure this is a one-off. Sprog is lulling me into a false sense of security, teasing me with the possibilities of sweet slumber. Then there are the sleep set backs to come. Teething is looming and then potty training.
I’ll just enjoy and savour every night he treats us to this wonderful gift.