Houston, we have a problem.


I knew I jinx it bad when I admitted to people that Kaisan has been sleeping well at night whenever I was asked about his sleeping pattern. Yes. Yes. Even when I don’t blog about his USED-TO-BE-EXCELLENT-SLEEPING TIME, I do talk to people in daily basis. Can’t blame me much coz THEY ASK! DON’T ASK AND I WON’T ANSWER!

I should’ve lied or just smile instead of crowing in delight that my first-born allowed us to sleep at least 4 hours at night.

And now, the power of Karma is kicking me in the rump for my obvious conceit. I’m paying the price. Such. High. And. Torturous. Price. To. Pay. Indeed.

It has been almost a week now that he wakes up at 2am or earlier and stay awake till morning and slowly turning me into the creature of the night like he is.

His routine is simple. Wake up whimpering for milk at 2am – feed him with his usual meal (breast milk + formula) – burp – trying to put him back to sleep –fail – he gleefully laugh at his parents idiotic attempt to sing him a lullaby at 3am – so let’s play for a while – he started to feel bored coz he have the attention span of a gnat– cry – carrying him around the room to lull him to sleep – takes about, oh say 2-3 hours and finally sleep – put him down his crib – eyes instantly WIDE open and OH NO YOU DIDN’T JUST PUT ME DOWN WOMAN PICK ME UP AGAIN WAAAAAAAILL! WAAAAAAILL! – Carrying him around the room to lull him to sleep – takes about, oh say 2-3 hours and finally sleep – put him down his crib – eyes instantly WIDE open and OH NO YOU DIDN’T JUST PUT ME DOWN WOMAN PICK ME UP AGAIN WAAAAAAAILL! WAAAAAAILL! Repeat this step for at least 50,000 times until 8am.

The Mister usually would take the morning shift (5am onwards) while I run the graveyard shift (midnight till 5am). I would crash for an hour when the Mister takes over but as soon as he leaves for work, my shift starts again until the next day.

In the daytime, MOST of the time he sleeps. And this is the time I try to catch some sleep but house chores demands me to do my duty and so, I can only manage to sleep maybe an hour or so. And then he wakes up JUST AS MY HEAD TOUCH THE PILLOW.

I don’t know how am I going to manage if this keeps on when I start working. I will definitely dead as a doornail at the office if I have to stay awake the whole night, taking care of a baby who thinks he’s a bat.

So, here I am, standing here, asking you, the Internet, advices on what can I do to change my son’s jetlag so he can sleep at night and allow me to be as sane as I possibly can?

Help?




5 Comments:

sya_zazoo said...

try reduce daytime sleep as much as possible. so that by nite he will sleep as much as possible. Thats what my mom did last time. Me...i suck at putting baby to sleep. My hubby did it best.

Anonymous said...

Balqiz,

I'll email you on this k :)

-Zhu

Anonymous said...

Try to get him to bed early ..say 7pm..then feed him at 130am (before his routine time to wake up at 2am).

but of course you feed him every 2 hours between 7pm to 1am also..:)
good luck:)

Balqiz said...

Thanks all! How do I keep him awake? What can I do to keep him awake in the day time?

Anonymous said...

Emailed you :)

There are few things you can try to keep your baby awake in the morning:

1) play upbeat baby songs
2) tummy time exercise
3) lights (a lot of natural lights in the morning and keep it really dark when he's sleeping/at night, in the long run he'd be able to make the connection that if it's bright, play, if it's dark, sleep)
4) read to him (might not see any difference now, but in the long run, it'll be good for both of you)
5) sing to him

But do not overexert him in the morning. Some babies find it harder to sleep when overtired. And grumpier -_-"
it may take a week or two before you can establish a routine for him but do not beat yourself up for it. These things do and will take time (and patience)

-Zhu

 

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