Early to Bed

Thanks in large part to the fact that baby R only has mild reflux, we've been able to work out a sleep system of sorts.

It works like this: I go to sleep as soon as all the kids are down, usually around 9:00 p.m. J stays with the baby as he works or watches movies {he's a natural night owl} while I only wake for feedings and sleep until midnight or 1:00 a.m. Between 2:00 and 4:00 a.m. is when the reflux starts and I'm pretty much up unless I can doze with the baby in my arms. Usually, I watch whatever movie J watched earlier that evening and pretend that we saw it together. :) By 6:30 a.m. the kids are all up and our day is started.

I thought that with Little Miss C being 9 years old, I could leave her in charge of the two older boys while I take a nap during the day. Wrong. The times I've tried that have been pretty disastrous. It's not entirely her fault-- E doesn't listen to her at all. But once I woke to the sound of the garage door opening and found them all riding bikes in the street. The street. Perhaps 9 year olds don't have the best judgment.

So, for now, as long as I get about 6 hours of sleep each night, I feel pretty good. I've found that it only takes one bad night to put me right back in that snappish, crying, dark place so I'm willing to miss my husband like mad and go to bed crazy-early each night. Hopefully, it's only for the next month or so. Once J is working from home again, it won't feel so much like ships passing in the night.

Hmm. Would you look at that? Another post with a picture of a bed. I should have a 'sleep' label, given how much I write about it. :)


Apis Melliflora said...

That was our family's sleeping schedule with our first child too. Daddy got the 9 pm to 1 pm shift so that I had 4 consecutive hours. It felt wonderful!

Glad your ship is afloat!

The Dragonfly said...

You know I can relate to this on so many levels - and I didn't even have a reflux baby, just a baby who loved to nurse and a momma who loved to indulge for the last time. Now we are finally getting an 8 hour night and it is blissful. But is it strange for me to admit that I miss our midnight rendezvous?

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