Sleeping through the night ... - Baby Steps in High Heels

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Sleeping through the night ...

‘Sleeping through the night’ as defined by single people without children – At least 8 hours of peaceful slumber in the comfort of your own bed interrupted only by the occasional trip to the bathroom or the need to roll over. Hitting the snooze button on your alarm is also an option.

‘Sleeping through the night’ as defined by parents of an infant – Your baby goes 5 hours from the beginning of one feeding to the beginning of another feeding and sleeps in between (you know, during the night).

Well, here’s how that actually plays out in my house:
10:00 pm I go to bed.
10:30 pm Husband feeds Baby. (WONDERFUL Husband. Yes, I know!)
1:30 am In anticipation of Baby waking up per her normal 3-hour feeding schedule, I wake up. Baby is still sleeping, so I do other feeding-related tasks (e.g., pump, bottle prep, etc.).
2:00 am Baby is restless, so I sit in the chair in her room to give her a few more minutes of sleep (it’s been 4 hours at this point).
2:10 am Head jerk wakes me up, and I realize Baby is still fast asleep. I grab a blanket, pull out the recliner, and get comfortable.
2:12 am Baby cries. I get up to check on her, ready to feed her. She’s fast asleep before I even get to her crib.
2:13 am I get comfy again.
2:20 am Baby cries out in her sleep and starts to squirm. I get up to check again, ready to feed her.
2:21 am Baby is fast asleep.
2:22 am I curl back up in the chair and start to play sudoku on my phone. I'm sure it’s only a matter of minutes at this point.
2:35 am She’s still sleeping. I’m not. So, I try to sleep again.
3:00 am Another sleep cry jerks me awake out of my pretzel-like position. It’s officially been 5 hours, so I’m not even going to try to fall back to sleep at this point. More sudoku.
3:15 am Baby is definitely ready to eat now. Diaper. Feed. Swaddle. Rock.
3:50 am And, she’s back to sleep.
3:51 am I curl back up in the chair. No bed for me. I have to hear her breathing, remember. And, no matter how fancy your video monitor is, you just can’t hear those sweet baby breaths over the buzz of a humidifier. They are really handy, though, when you need to make sure nobody has crawled through the AC vents and kidnapped your child (Yes. Paranoid. Me.).
5:30 am Ouch. Stiff neck. Still in the chair. Husband is waking up in 30 minutes, so I take a ‘huge’ risk, grab the monitor and go to bed for a couple of hours.

Moral of the story: Baby sleeping through the night does not equal more sleep for me.

This is how happy babies look when they've slept through the night:


  1. You are so funny! Avery is adorable. Turn the monitor on low and get some sleep. In your own bed. And stay there until she is actually ready to eat!

  2. Haha, YES, you are very paranoid... but I know how you feel!

    Our plan is to put Eli in his crib for the night (he only takes naps during the day in his crib right now) for the first time on Sunday night. Wish us luck!!

  3. oh god. everytime i blog i stop wanting babies

  4. Yes, MODG, I think about you every time I post something like this :)