Wednesday, June 15, 2011

"Sleep Like a Baby"

A year ago that phrase gave me warm fuzzy feelings, with visions of a sweet cherub swaddled cozily in a bassinet with her eyes closed and the only sound was quiet breathing.

Then my daughter was born.

She's amazing, happy, and healthy and I love her to pieces! However, the kid doesn't sleep. The first few months of her life my husband and I were rarely asleep at the same time. There were days when she would barely sleep for six hours--all cat naps, snoozes, long naps, eye closing minutes added together in a 24 hour period. She certainly never slept more than two hours at a time and a period longer than 45 minutes was rare. Eventually we found that she was most comfortable in her bouncy seat and we milked that for all it was worth! Now that she's a year old, and has very much outgrown the bouncy seat, she sleeps with us. She still is a poor sleeper. She will wake up anywhere from 4 to 14 times a night and generally takes one nap a day.

I just keep reminding myself that someday she will be a teenager and I won't be able to drag her out of bed.

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