I can literally not remember what this looks like. A perfectly snoozing little babe. Because Baby Dan V is no longer one. We had the typical holiday schedule buster, but now he’s teething, and getting a cold, and NOT SLEEPING.
For working parents not sleeping feels like not an option but unfortunately we’re not the ones calling the shots. Add the fact that my husband, Dan IV, does not do well when he
can’t is not allowed to sleep. And it just so happens that Baby V is OBSESSED with his Dad right now. Like ‘shakes his head ‘no’ when I try to get him from his crib through tears in the middle of the night’ obsessed. Dad is the hero and Mom is the zero which, to be honest, aside from dealing with two very cranky Dan’s is kind of fantastic.
So V is sleepless thus we are all sleepless. At first we tried pulling him into bed with us, something we know is a no-no because it’s such a bad habit to start but when you’re exhausted you kind of stop giving a shit. That, however, doesn’t work well for us because V is a bear to sleep with. Thus little dude is zonked and we’re wide awake, no bueno.
Now we’ve started talking to him through the monitor. It was kind of a Hail Mary out of desperation at 5:30AM but for some reason it worked. Even though V was standing and crying once I spoke to him he lied down and went to sleep. A super odd but welcomed new development. Waking is not awesome, but this process is much less involved than the alternative. IV almost refuses to acknowledge it because he’s superstitious that if we talk about it, it won’t work anymore.
At this point we’re afraid that Baby V will never sleep through the night again. Afraid that we had a good run but now it’s over… FOREVER. We’re hoping this spiraling decent into eternal sleeplessness will end, but for now we’re going to have to buck-up and rely on a little extra caffeine to keep us running.