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