She’ll sleep when she’s dead.

Sleep.

Sleep, sleep, sleep.

I’ve never been very good at sleeping. Eric, on the other hand, is a PRO at sleeping. We will get into bed and within 30 seconds he is OUT. I will start talking to him, thinking that no reasonable human being could possibly be asleep that fast, and he is already snoring soundly. I have a hard time not getting angry and resentful when I toss and turn for hours, and he is purring happily like a kitten with a belly full of milk.

And then there are babies. Professional sleep thieves. How is it that they can get a full 12 hour night of sleep, and yet the parents can barely manage to get 4 or 5 hours? The math just doesn’t make sense!

And think of all the crap we do and buy, to try to get our babies to sleep! For months Ginger had to be tightly swaddled, propped up on an angle, and lightly lulled to sleep with a sound machine. She slept in a little bouncer chair that had a vibrator and could rock. Every night Eric turned the little chair into a womb-like cave, and we took turns for roughly four hours rocking and “SHHHHING” her to sleep. And then as you may have guessed, by that time she wanted to eat again. Oh the good old days!

She has since moved to her crib, but still has a sleeping sack and the sound of waves rushing in her ear. Eric and I agree that we love coastal living, and she is super spoiled to have an oceanfront crib.

I usually do pretty well without sleep, I’ve been an insomniac my whole life. But babies take sleep deprivation to a whole new level.

Ginger, thankfully, has graduated to usually only eating once or twice a night with few interruptions in between. However, for the last couple weeks, this hasn’t been the case. She has taken to spitting out her pacifier and barking for it (like a seal) every half hour. Which means I either let her, “cry it out” or hurry and get it back in her pie hole before she actually wakes up.

Eric has been sick too, so it’s harder for him to wake up and take shifts. In fact, he just found out he has mono. Which in my opinion is the best possible thing for a new father to get, who is working and doing school full time…right?

Anyway. I’m sure we will survive. And Ginger is worth all the fragmented sleep. Even though there might have been a night last week when Eric, who was trying to commiserate said, “Babe, I understand,” but at 4am I lost it and screamed, “NO! NO YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND! I HAVEN’T SLEPT MORE THAN FOUR HOURS IN A ROW FOR FOUR MONTHS!” And then started hysterically crying. (Eric then forced me to go to bed and found some frozen milk I had pumped and fed Ginger the rest of the night and slept on the floor next to her crib…with mono. Yeah I know, he wins.)

But all in all. I feel so lucky I don’t have to work out of the house with a new baby, because even if I don’t get any sleep at least I can stay in my workout clothes or pajamas until 2 o’clock.

On the subject of sleep. This is Ginger’s sleeping sack.

Ginger in her sleep sack

Ginger loves that sleep sack

Before this she used a Swaddle Me, which I loved, it looks like a baby straitjacket. But when I felt like she had earned the use of her arms back we graduated to this. I had made this for her before she was born, so I wanted to make sure she got some use out of it. It’s from a pattern from Anna Maria Horner’s “Handmade Beginnings” book. It’s the Patchwork Sleeping Sack. I changed the pattern by not doing to “patchwork” part on the top and using less Velcro, but other than that, it works really well. I lined it with SUPER soft fleece. By the way, I really like that book.

My sister Andrea has been busy cooking up a little lady cousin for Gigi! We’re so excited. I threw a baby shower for Andrea last week, and I made her baby bumpers. Andrea picked out the fabric. I had never made bumpers before (Gigi doesn’t have any) but they are SOOO EASY! I mean like, even if you are a very novice sewer you can do it! Just buy the bumper set (the foam comes pre-cut in a bag with the patterns included). It runs about $30 or so, but if you use your Joanns coupons you can get 50% of that! I mean! It’s a deal people.

It's a hoot! Bedding

Isn’t Andrea the prettiest pregnant lady? I was pretty excited about the bumpers. I hope Andrea was too!

Andrea's Baby Bedding

So like my sleep, this post was quite fragmented. But, I had a lot of loosely related things to share. SO PUT THAT IN YOUR SLEEP PIPE AND SMOKE IT.

I wish you all sweet dreams, and lots and lots of sleep when you can get it.

xox

Alison

14 Comments

  1. mandy dominici

    ha! It is amazing how little sleep our bodies end up running semi-effectively on. She is beautiful!

  2. the fowlers

    I know you don't believe me and you don't want to hear it, but you will sleep again. I'm not promising every night will suddenly be a dream (haha, punny), but one morning you'll wake up and think your child has died of SIDS because you have somehow been asleep all night.
    Then they get teeth randomly and get messed up for days at a time and it starts all over again.

  3. Mame

    Those bumpers are SO FREAKING CUTE!!!!!! I love the material, and I love her cute little pregnant bump. I wish you had FB so you could witness my massive baby ball. I am currently 3 days over due. Not sleeping well either …

    but I remember having the same EXACT melt down to my husband about not sleeping more than 4 hours in a row. it's a bit insane really.

  4. Erin Dougal

    Um as in insomniac mother of a daughter that also didn't sleep, I feel your pain. Good luck. I will make you more cookies.

  5. Crystal

    Alison, if you never listened to good advice in your life, please listen to this! GO BUY THE BABYWISE BOOK

    I'm serious

    It will save your life (no exaggeration)

    On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep
    written by Gary Ezzo, M.A. and Robert Bucknam, M.D.

    It kills me to hear mothers struggling with sleep and exhaustion. Just follow the advice in this book, your baby will sleep like a champion.

    Go GET IT!

  6. Steph

    amen.

    (love the sleep sack and bumpers!)

  7. Alison

    With love and all the respect in my heart, I have read babywise. And I'm so glad it makes so many people so happy! But I do not have the same fondness for it.

    I do however LOVE the book, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child.

    xoxox!

  8. Breanne King

    You made that sleep sack! I was seriously considering making it (sans patchwork too, of course) but maybe I'm too busy playing solitaire. Archie still isn't allowed access to his arms. Also, don't hate me, but Archie wakes up once to eat at night and has for awhile. And I put him in his bed and he goes to sleep all by himself. Hes a champ. I'm a Baby Whisperer person, its by Tracy Hogg, I really like it, but I think Archie is just an easy baby, so I don't really know if it works or I'm just lucky. I'll probably think it works and then have another baby and be so confused why hes crying at me. If you ever want a nap I can watch her while you sleep!!

  9. Kristin

    Your child is the cutest, and so is the bag you stick her in. I love that there's going to be four gorgeous Faulkner ladies/lady-babies running around making the world prettier and lovey-er.

  10. Jake and Jenna

    i cannot believe eric has mono and we didn't even know it. what kind of friends are we?? i feel you SO DEEPLY on the sleeping thing… mine is due to this crazy pregnancy (not the child, luckily… but those days are rapidly approaching with the new one).. I had a serious meltdown the other night and cried so hard that i thought i was going to throw up. i am so very sorry, i wish there was a solution but there isn't. LAME. i think the solution is when our children grow up and leave the house and we're EMPTY NESTERS ready to party and go on dates whenever we want. is it bad that sometimes i look forward to that? whatever. until then, i will bask in my children and do my best, as i know you are also doing.

    p.s. 1:05 pm and i still haven't showered and am in my pajamas. and i don't plan on showering for at least another two hours because i've got bathrooms to clean and laundry to do. remember how i'm writing a novel in the comment box?

    okay. i love you. let me know what we can do for you guys.

    still can't believe eric has mono.

  11. Jake and Jenna

    p.s. let me also mention that it is now 1:07 and i still haven't put on a bra today.

    GLORIOUS.

  12. Matt and Jennae Porter

    Ditto on LOVING healthy sleep habits, happy child. It is a fabulous book.
    Hang in there Alison… Gigi is still a little ball of nerves. You'll be amazed at how much better things will be in another month or two. At least Andrea can commiserate with you in a few more weeks!! 🙂

    P.S. Many binkies in crib = better chance of baby finding one and putting it back in her mouth herself. I realize she's a bit young, but keep this in mind!!! Shelby goes to sleep with 7 or 8 binkies every night. ha!

  13. JenErik

    good thing she is cute.
    Eric is a good man for sleeping on her floor –
    YOU are a good mom. Those moments of emotional sobs in the night are unforgettable.
    kiss her face for me.

  14. dana and justin

    oh alison i feel your pain on the sleep. i didn't sleep longer than three or four hours in a row for like a year ha ha! but now sebastian has been sleeping eleven hour nights about 95% of the time. hopefully it lasts and hopefully ginger gets with the program a little faster than he did. andrea's bumpers are soooo cute! and ginger is absolutely adorable. i seriously can't believe how grown up she looks. i really need to see her more often!!!

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