The sleepless nights continue. My almost 2 year old has given us 1 full nights sleep since she was born. She is weaned 100% during the day, but we are working on night weaning (which I have been told should help her sleep more once she is weaned). Last night, I was determined to NOT cave and nurse her. I nursed her before bed, but that was it. I refused to nurse her the rest of the night. It was a rough night and a sleepless one at that. However, I am proud to say that I didn’t cave and nurse her. Instead, I replaced my B’s with a sippy cup of milk and encouraged her to drink that instead. Although not impressed, after many tears, eventually she would cave and drink her milk from her cup and fall asleep for short periods. This would continue on and off from about 12:30-4am though. I really don’t believe I got into any sort of REM sleep last night and am very tired. Although I’m hoping she will just magically sleep through the night tonight (haha) I know it is more likely that tonight we will go round two with this instead. You guys, I dread this. Going on almost 2 years with no solid sleep is starting to break me down. I need sleep and if I don’t get some quality sleep soon I think I’m going to lose it.
For those of you who have toddlers that still do not sleep through the night, you know all to well that the days are long and the nights are extremely short. How having you been coping with the lack of sleep? How do you get through the day amidst feeling like you are walking in a fog most of the time? Do you notice ways in which you function are not 100% the majority of the time?
Some days I honestly do not know how I get through the day. If I’m honest with myself and you, these last two years have been pretty difficult on me mentally, emotionally & physically. I feel like keeping a routine has been important for me. I also make sure to always fuel my body in the morning with breakfast. This is something I dont’ skip on. Although, in the past I have eliminated caffeine from my diet, I’m not going to lie and say I have one coffee daily about mid-morning. I also drink lots of water. Water is typically the only other liquid I drink all day besides a glass of milk with dinner. I also try to keep a balanced diet and avoid tons of sugary foods and junk foods. My to-do lists are always long and on-going and being a SAHM and taking care of a toddler all day is very exhausting. However, I do allow myself breaks when I am feeling very sluggish. Exercise has also been a great outlet for me (although, since hurting my calf muslces I’ve been on a bit of a work out hiatius. I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things again soon). I’ve never been much of a nap-person because I can’t relax my body/mind enough to take one BUT a cat-nap may be a great idea for someone who can.
Days like today where I am extremely tired, I notice that I am functioning oddly. My brain is never working. These are the times I use body wash instead of shampoo to wash my hair and I’m pouring orange juice over my cereal instead of milk. I know I’m tired when these kinds of things start happening. It’s a huge reality check for me that my body is telling me I need sleep. I’m just at a loss as how to get quality sleep when I have a toddler who just doesn’t sleep, therefore I don’t sleep either? I’m tired of being tired all the time and I’m tired of complaining of being tired all the time.