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Mom Zombie

Posted by on February 15, 2012

Mom Zombie & Daddy Too

I’m so exhausted!

For the last 5 nights we have been up EVERY 2 hours from 8 pm until 6 am.  I’m not sure what’s going on, but I feel like the living dead.  We have been through reverse cycling and I thought we had recovered from that experience, but perhaps not.  The key thing in the last five nights has been that he is not hungry. 

I offer, but he’s already fast asleep.

He’s just waking up crying every 2 hours.  I pick him up, sway with him or sit down and rock him, and he’s back to sleep in a few minutes.  After the first few nights of this we just let him fuss a few minutes to see if he would just go back to sleep.  He did NOT.  Then we tried a moderate CIO approach of letting him fuss/cry and not picking him up.  We just patted him in his crib….. this was a stupid idea because it didn’t work either and only resulted in a baby that was awake LONGER!

Last night Don & I got on the same page and agreed that regardless of whether or not it’s an ear, tooth, or sleep problem he needs our attention and care.  Our goal now is simply to get him back to sleep as fast as possible even if that means picking him up and rocking him as soon as he fusses.  Don took the early evening “pick me up” shift and I took the rest of the night.   We are taking a trip to the doctor Thursday to double check those ears.

I’m a mom zombie for sure – during my shower tonight I even question if I had shampooed my hair 1 time or 3!  It is entirely possible that I conditioned it 3 times on top of what ever I did (or didn’t) do with the shampoo.

Ideas? Advice?  Reassurance that this is normal and will pass with time…..

4 Responses to Mom Zombie

  1. Sabrina c

    Our boy did the same thing. We gave in and he now sleeps in the bed with us every night. If he does happen to wake up he usually sees that we are right there, snuggles in and goes right back to sleep. Always said we wouldn’t do that, but I sure do love it!

    • Suzanne

      I’ll admit that we have been bringing him to bed with us if the night waking gets carried away. I was just like you – I said I would NEVER co-sleep, but I have found it’s the only way to get a few hours some nights.