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Sleep please

Sometimes I wonder how I deserve this… Yannick is 21 months old now and still not able to sleep through. This in itself is not as bad as it sounds, as I can get by on about 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night as long as he doesn't wake me more than 2 to 3 times and if those incidents only last minutes. Yep, that's right, that's more than most people could handle without feeling completely sleep deprived.

It's getting bad when he has one of those nights where he wakes up and can't go back to sleep because he has what seems to be a blocked or stuffy nose. Then it can easily take one or one and a half hours before we are both back to sleep and it's me who's completely grumpy the next day. This happens on about 50% of all healthy nights.

It's getting really bad, when Yannick has a proper cold. Well, guess what, we've had a set of at least three consecutive colds ever since we went to Germany and came back. No break. Waking up about every two hours…!

And it's getting to panic level when we are also having a tummy bug going around. Imagine me trying to sleep, exhausted already, waking up feeling sick, noticing that Yannick is also waking up, trying to look after him so he goes back to sleep, and at the same time trying to fight the sick feeling. Not possible. After that waking up at least every hour because one of us has to be sick or just feels bad. Not to mention having to change bedsheets after the first incident, still feeling sick.

The last scenario is what we had on Friday morning and Yannick was still sick once a night to Monday. All of this just after the three colds. I was absolutely shattered and just wanted to sleep for three years or so. I'm still tired but last night was back to normal (see description at top).

Regarding the stuffy nose problem we actually went to see an ENT specialist today (after about 1.5 months waiting time). I didn't expect much and I was absolutely right not to. The doctor said that our little boy is just fine and that the problem is nothing that won't go away as he grows. Apparently his adenoids are a bit bigger than normal but as children grow their airways get wider and then this won't be a problem anymore. Gah!!!

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  1. Gravatar1 solveig
    Posted 29 January 2008, 15:00. About 'Sleep please'.

    You poor thing – it is so horrible coping with sleep deprivation at the best of times, never mind when you are sick.

    I don’t have it bad as you in the sleep stakes, but Freyja rarely sleeps right through either – I’m usually in once or twice, only for a second or 2, but it still disturbs the night.

    I don’t think you can really tackle it when they aren’t well, anyway.

    I have started leaving Freyja slightly longer than I used to when she wakes before I go to her (I used to be in within seconds!) and often she does go back to sleep by herself. But not always! Also, now she is older, I can say to her after a few visits that ‘mummy won’t be coming in again because she has to sleep too’ – surprisingly, it often works, but that has been quite a recent development. If all else fails, I bring her into bed with me!!

  2. Gravatar2 Sylke
    Posted 29 January 2008, 20:00. About 'Sleep please'.

    Thank you!
    Part of the problem is our sleeping arrangement (still co-sleeping) and that I am a TFW. Despite my troubles I think it would upset Yannick too much at this time to stop these things and would probably lead to more upset than I have to cope with myself. As I said on good nights it’s quite ok and Yannick goes back to sleep within a few minutes too. And the stuffy nose problems seems to have got a little less than it used to be – touch wood!
    I tried telling him that he should try to go on sleeping without my help, but then he wakes up saying ‘no, no, no’ and gets agitated and sounds very, very sad. I will keep trying to encourage him to go without and also to get him more attached to a cuddly toy. At some point he will either outgrow his current behaviour or it will be much either to stop as he can be talked to. We’ll see! :)

  3. Gravatar3 solveig
    Posted 31 January 2008, 11:00. About 'Sleep please'.

    When ever I am going through a bad patch with sleep stuff I always remind myself that this time is such a small part of our lives and that when our children have grown into horrible teenagers we will long for the days when they needed us to go in a soothe them back to sleep again!!

  4. Gravatar4 Sylke
    Posted 31 January 2008, 12:00. About 'Sleep please'.

    I am soooo looking forward to those days!!! LOL – there’ll probably some other stuff then that’ll keep us very awake!

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