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Sleep Training Revisited (Unexpectedly)

Tonight was one of those nights when it took longer for V to fall asleep than usual.  After about an hour of rocking/nursing/singing, I put her in her crib and went to lie down on our bed.  M joined me shortly after Z fell asleep.  Together, we listened and watched our 13 month old play with her blanket tag, stand up and look around, sit down and look around,fight sleep and rub her eyes , finally lay down to sleep.  The crying lasted for less than 10 minutes and the rest of the 15 minutes was quiet. 

So we set off to do some work for our business in the basement.  And an hour after she fell asleep, she woke up.  I did expect her to wake up, but just not this soon.  We watched and,  listened to her, for 45 minutes, cry, sit up, stand up, lie down, sit up, lie down, sit up, lie down.  Finally, she’s asleep again.  Hopefully she will sleep for a longer stretch this time around.

Eversince we went to see my endocrinologist, we have been thinking about sleep training V.  In fact, we were going to wait till she had her teeth pop out.  The thought of sleeping through the night seems so luxurious since it has been a whole year since I slept through the night.  Oh, to dream of sleep…

This month is a very busy time for us.  With 3 craft shows and parent-teacher interviews coming up, I was starting to panic about leaving the kids with our nanny at night.  But with this sleep training success tonight so far, I feel hopeful.  Hopeful for some date nights with M.  Hopeful for some restorative sleep at night.

 

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Restorative Sleep

I love my endocrinologist. She tells it like it is and she cares. My appointments with her are scheduled 6 months ahead and I don’t get any reminder calls because her office is just simply too busy.

If there’s a new word I learned today, its restorative sleep. Yes, even though I’m in bed and asleep by 930pm, I’m still exhausted. And that’s because my sleep is constantly being interrupted. And to top it off, the stress is contributing to my weight gain. Bah humbug! So, until I sleep train her, I’m going to be in constant exhaustion.

Here’s what she suggested. One night away from the kids – even if it means just for us to get a good night’s sleep. Yes, just sleep. Hotel down the block is just as good. But I liked the overnight spa idea for sure. In fact I’ve been thinking about it since she mentioned it.

Our plan is to wait till her teeth pop out and then sleep train her. Hopefully it will be sooner than later.

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