Tuesday, August 28, 2007

sleep no sleep

Ok, I started this post DAYS ago, and every day it seems to change so I update it and then don't quite get around to posting it. Plus I read it and it is very boring so I try to make it more interesting...but who am I kidding, no one is going to find Annika's sleep problems/patterns interesting except me.

But when you are in the thick of infant sleep troubles, nothing is more important than how & when they sleep. You are obsessed.

So, I am going to go ahead and post it because it is funny and a good reminder of how crazy it is to have a newborn. And I will try really really hard to not go over every single detail of her sleep schedule every time I talk to you, but....no promises. : )

The good news: Annika slept 6-7 hours in a row the last 3 nights.
The bad news: I often can not get her to nap during the day for more than 45 minutes

Yesterday I put her down for "naps" about 12 times and she always woke up 10 minutes later until about 5pm when she finally slept for 4 hours.

Still, I know we have it pretty good since she doesn't fuss much as long as she is being held. There's always a way to calm her down as long as I don't mind her nursing 4 hours in a row or holding her constantly. Mostly she's just unpredictable, napping 3 hours one day and then not at all the next day. Generally she falls asleep for about 10 minutes and then wakes up again and she will do this 10 times in a row before I actually get her to sleep for any length of time.

I don't know how people with "colicky" babies do it, I am grumpy and exhausted from only getting 6 hours of sleep, I can't imagine less than that.

In other news, I managed to get mastitis Monday and it is very very awful. Luckily I got antibiotics and felt a lot better the next day.


Jenny said...

That's the one thing about motherhood that really makes me nervous (oh, and the whole labor part) NO SLEEP. I'm kind of "jenny grumpy pants" when I 1) don't get enough sleep or 2) get woken up when I'm trying to fall asleep. I'm worried!

I'll be praying for you, for rest and rejuvenation!

Can't wait to meet little Annika, maybe jeff and I need to do a Bellingham trip.

andi said...

Oh, Kari! Mastitis!? How awful! I am sorry sleep has been so rough for you guys lately. Have you read any of your little notes from your shower yet? I miss you soooooooo much! I will give you a call this week :)

Anna said...

Hey Kari! I finally made my way back to your blog :)
It's fun to hear more about Annika and the whole birth story (and see pictures!)...I'll try to keep checking it regularly.