Monday, May 18, 2009

Unintended Consequences

For some unknown, but much appreciated, reason, AK started sleeping through the night last week. The Hoos likes to argue that 6am does not signify "morning" in his book, but, for all intents and purposes she is indeed sleeping through the night.

His point is one of the unintended consequences. Sure, I am not getting up to comfort AK in the middle of the night, but I am dragging my sorry butt out of bed a little after 6 - this morning it was a quarter to 7 and I thought that was much more acceptable.

I guess it wouldn't be so bad if the Hoos and I actually went to bed when AK did - at 8. But that isn't going to happen for a lot of reasons, the least of which is that LP doesn't go to bed until closer to 9 (much to our chagrin).

Since I have been trying to bottle feed AK before bed (a work in progress) my plan is to increase the amount of milk she drinks in hopes that she will sleep longer. Because when she wakes up she is both soaking wet and hungry.

Which makes me wonder if when she was nursing she wasn't getting enough to eat and drink during the day and therefore would wake up hungry in the middle of the night? Oh well, no use worrying over spilt (or expressed) milk! We will keep hoping for longer and quieter nights.

I can't believe it took 11.5 months to get 7 solid hours of sleep. I feel almost like a new woman.


Heidi said...

I wish my 14 month old son would sleep through the night, even 4 consecutive hours would be great! He is up every 2 hours like clockwork, nurses and goes back to sleep and up for the day at 5 Am., sigh.....I want to stop breastfeeding, but he won't drink milk or pedia-sure from a sippy, only juice or water. I am exhausted! Hubby says to cut him of from breastmilk and then he will HAVE to drink milk from a sippy.

Robyn said...

I would KILL for 6:00. Bear has woken up at 5:30 every morning for the last 6 months or so. We let him get into bed with us where he (sometimes) falls back asleep until 6:00.