on waking at night

Monday, April 23, 2012

First of all, I’m going to extend the Little Choux giveaway until tomorrow, when I will announce the winner!  Go here to enter if you haven’t yet!

Today, I am writing a little commentary on sleeping at night.  Sometimes I’m scared to say too much about this topic, because I’m certain there are varying opinions and everyone has their own habits and ideas about how this works best.  Regardless of your viewpoint, though, I’m sure one thing we mamas have in common is that our sleeping at night has changed quite a bit since the first little one entered this world.  When I was pregnant, I was blissfully naive about what was meant by “new parent sleep deprivation.”  I knew sleep wouldn’t quite be the same, but I stayed up late in college all the time, and newborns are so adorably cute that it would make it all fun and great.  Ha.  I had no idea what was ahead of me.  I certainly don’t mean to complain because after all Vivi is really quite a good sleeper, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have challenges and the fact is I’m a much better person when I have had good sleep.  Otherwise, I need much patience and prayer to make it through the day, and I find myself quite anxious when I haven’t had good, uninterrupted sleep over a period of time (maybe I’m high maintenance – I’m sure I’m in for it should we be blessed with more babies).  At any rate, we are well past the days (nights!) of nighttime feedings, but we have entered into another season of random nighttime awakenings that can be attributed to teething (Oh, those teeth!  They really are so cruel!!), perhaps bad dreams, developmental milestones (Vivi’s sleep is often interrupted when she is changing a lot), and who knows what.  So we are left to do our problem solving best to figure out the right approach to comforting and quieting her to get back to sleep when she wakes up at night.

That being said, when Vivi wakes up crying and needs one of us to come to her, I have discovered that more often than not these are the outcomes depending on who goes to her room.  Because of this, I have started calling Chip the baby whisperer:

Thank the Lord for daddies.

25 responses to “on waking at night”

  1. Clarkeha says:

    Yup, that’s exactly how it goes.  hahaha!

  2. Clarkeha says:

    Yup, that’s exactly how it goes.  hahaha!

  3. Anna says:

    LOL!!!!  This is so funny!  “You are right, Dada.  I should.”  Oh, sweet Vivi!

  4. Anna says:

    LOL!!!!  This is so funny!  “You are right, Dada.  I should.”  Oh, sweet Vivi!

  5. Emily Jeffords says:

    Hahaha! So true!! Love this little exchange. 😉

  6. This is brilliant!!!!! and the ending, so true. Xx

  7. Mrs. Baker says:

    that’s hilarious!

  8. Coryann says:

    Oh girl, ain’t it the truth! Thank the Lord for His grace to sustain us during these times lol : ]

  9. Jamie B says:

    haha! so true! it’s even more true when you have to get discipline heavy. Dad’s get lots more respect. 🙂

  10. Katheats says:

    Such a cute post!!

  11. Dina @ Honey + Fitz says:

    This is hilarious.  The EXACT same thing happens at our house!  I think Knox is just a little older than Vivi and while he’s an amazing sleeper, we had lots of sleepless nights when he was cutting his eye teeth and molars.  I think those nights are even harder than the initial newborn stage because at least those early days you know to expect the wake-up every few hours.  But when you’ve gotten used to sleeping thru the night again and then BAM! crying baby at 3 am, it’s a rude awakening!  Thankfully these short little phases of change seem to go as fast as they come.  Hang in there!

  12. Lauren @ with two cats says:

    I could have written this exact post. Right on mama!

  13. Jenny says:

    hahah. this is my life

  14. Babies really do know who is who and when to listen. They are used to mama’s love and snuggles and think that they will always obey their every whim.

    Our third baby is 8 months old and the worst sleeper of all. I will go in multiple times to no avail. My husband goes in and says “No. Go to sleep baby,” in this loving yet authoritative voice. It’s then silence for the rest of the night. Yes, thank the Lord for daddies!

  15. NatashaMLawler says:

    This is such a sweet, funny and ominous post all at once; I love it!! 

  16. Heather says:

    that is hilarious!!!

  17. Kbonvini says:

    Awesome! & So True!

  18. The same exact situation is going on in our house with our 16 month old!!  Well put!! 😉 

  19. Bellamylynne says:

    Loved this!

  20. Abby says:

    Oh Joni that is amazing. I’m glad Chip is the baby whisperer! Layla does the same thing to me!!

  21. Erin Loechner says:

    Awww I love this sweet post! I’m expecting my first in July and am so, so worried about the sleep deprivation. Perhaps I’ll start early and have Husband take over. 😉

    LOVE your blog!

  22. Daddy says:

    This is my all-time favorite LayBabyLay post!  It looks like your Georgia Tech flow-charting is coming to the forefront.  The creativity in your writing, layout, silhouettes, humor (or is this serious?)… are all AMAZING!  Keep up the good work!

  23. Katyschneiderman@gmail.com says:

    So dang cute.  Just love this.

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