Sunday, December 13, 2009

Sleep deprivation

For the past three night we have been trying to convince Boy3 to sleep in his own bed. Through a devious plan involving sleep deprivation, terminal cuteness and biological warfare he has brought me to my knees and I am waving the white flag of surrender.

Clearly, I can't sleep while he is awake. Coupled with his uncanny ability to detect the presence of a crib mattress anywhere in the vicinity of his butt have resulted in three consecutive sleepless nights. My attempts to lull him to sleep through nursing are thwarted because all the nursing causes his diaper to fill and results in my getting peed on somewhere around 3am. The resulting diaper change does little to foster a quiet soothing environment.

I finally realized that he had won the war last night around hour 63 of sleep deprivation when I found myself wishing that he would just grow up and sleep by himself. But really, the last thing I want is for him to grow up, I would, in fact, prefer he stay a baby forever. Sleep deprivation and frustration were doing ugly things to our relationship.

Boy3 will be back in bed with me tonight. I suspect that we will both get a much needed night of excellent sleep as well as a serious reminder of where our priorities lay.


  1. Aw, he's just so darned cute. Sleep is so tricky with babies. We tried everything in the book...but broke all the rules with #4. He ended up in our bed a lot because I was too tired to do anything else. But sleep deprivation is the worst thing for everyone. Good luck - and don't wish it away - I have 3 teenagers and I'd give anything to be back at that phase! (And guess what, I'm still not getting sleep through the night....)

  2. Oh, I remember those days & nights! We finally just gave in also. We had our 2 youngest in our bed for about 4 years. Now that they are teenagers (17 & 15), I miss those nights. Enjoy sharing your bed- they grown up WAY to fast!