One of the hardest things for me to get used to when I first became a mom was sleep (or lack thereof). I love sleep. I’m a night owl and love to stay up until the wee hours of the morning and then sleep in late. I was in for a huge wake up call (literally) when my oldest daughter was born and was up almost every two hours in the middle of the night. Thankfully, I’ve gotten used to those early morning wake up calls now that I have three kids. While I do value sleep, I am able to function on much less sleep than I ever thought that I could.
Macks is much like his older sister and has not gotten used to the whole sleep at night thing. He’s never really had his days and nights confused, he just doesn’t like to sleep at all. He’s much more of a cat napper than a true deep sleeper.
Lately we’ve been trying to slowly transition Macks to his bedroom. Up until this point he’s been sleeping in a portable crib in our bedroom. As much as I love having him in our room, he is a very light sleeper and I was having to tiptoe my way around the room at night for fear of waking him up. He’s been doing really well at falling asleep in his room — it’s just staying asleep that’s been the problem.
A couple of nights ago, I put Macks to bed in his room and he fell asleep right away. Right before I went to bed, I went into his room for a dream feed and then quietly put him back in his crib. I went back into my room fully expecting to be woken up in a couple of hours for a feeding. After falling asleep I woke up to see that it was daylight outside. I quickly looked at my clock to see that it was 6:00 in the morning. I immediately checked the monitor to see Macks sleeping peacefully in his crib. I couldn’t believe it. It took five months, but Macks finally slept through the night.
He woke up a short time later and hasn’t slept through the night since then, but it was amazing how much better I felt just after one full night’s sleep. My body has been so used to getting up every couple of hours, that I run on very little sleep. I don’t remember what it feels like to not be tired.
Even though we are back to sleepless nights, that one night of rest was all that I needed. I’m hopeful that Macks will soon get to making those full night’s of sleep a routine, but for now, I’m just thankful that in five long months, I’ve finally been able to sleep through the night.