My son is now ten months old and I still have not had a relaxing night of deep sleep since he was born!
Initially, I used to put him in his crib and he would fall asleep on his own. As he got older, I really started to enjoy the quality time we would spend together right before bedtime. Therefore, I willingly created the habit of personally putting him to sleep.
In the beginning, it was sweet. I would cuddle him and he would be asleep within twenty minutes. But lately, it is has been taking him up to 2 hours to fall asleep! Yes, two whole hours of me sitting by him until he finally sleeps. Throughout the night, he also wakes up a few times looking for his pacifier, another habit I willingly developed and am now regretting.
Ironically, on a good night, when my baby is deeply asleep without any interruptions, I still find myself walking to his room, making sure he is covered, and heading back to my bed in total exhaustion.
It seems to be a common habit of mamas to frequently wake up at night and make sure that their child is tucked in under the covers and is soundly asleep. I have heard many mamas complain about how much they miss a night of uninterrupted sleep. Not that their children wake them up, rather, that they cannot seem to break the habit of late night check ups!
It is funny to think that before I became a mama, I used to spend long hours at the office, stay up late to work on a presentation, and wake up extra early to prepare for an important meeting. Yet, I do not remember it being as tiring as my baby’s sleep routine.
Any mama’s with good advice on getting a better night’s sleep?