Dear Crissy

The lack of sleep is catching up with me

They aren’t kidding when they say that having a baby means you will lose completely the quality of sleep that are accustomed to. Before having Evan, I could sleep for 7-9 hours a night, wake up feeling refreshed, and have a productive day! Now, I’m feeling pretty great if I manage to get 4 or 5 hours a night.

It is amazing how your body will adjust to not sleeping. When we first brought Evan home from the hospital, I didn’t sleep for more than twenty minutes at a time, for what seemed like weeks. The shock to my system was overwhelming, and I honestly questioned whether or not I was going to be able to maintain my sanity! Of course, we found a routine, and my body became so familiar with the lack of rest, that was able to function on just a couple hours.

There wasn’t much sleep happening in our house last night, and it’s kind of agonizing this morning. My body aches for rest. When I am out, and see other moms of babies or toddlers, I always wonder if they are running on empty like me. I’m guessing that I am a member of a pretty big club. Club no-sleep!

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  1. Alison — May 1, 2010 @ 5:27 am (#)

    Welcome to the club! I’ve been a member pretty much 3 years now. At least Landon, my second, doesn’t seem to wake up in the middle of the night for hours like Hunter did. But who knows, now that I said that he probably will tonight. He did wake up at 5 am today… and promptly went back to sleep when I was out in the living room with him. Ugh. I need a ton of sleep or I’m crabby. And I have lots of crabby days.

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  2. Karen — May 1, 2010 @ 7:51 am (#)

    I know the feeling! Though, I’m tired mainly from watching my baby all day and staying up all night to work. Thankfully my little man is a good sleeper. I am not sure what my life would be like if he weren’t! I don’t even wanna think about it!

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  3. Suzanne — May 1, 2010 @ 11:50 am (#)

    I feel your pain. When I let myself remember I haven’t slept for 8 hours straight in 13 MONTHS I practically weep with exhaustion. My Baby Evan is a good sleeper as long as I don’t mind getting up to feed him three times a night. Which I thought I could live with until I started getting pregnant-tired. At this point I’d do pretty much anything for ONE NIGHT of straight sleep.

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  4. Kristine — May 1, 2010 @ 8:52 pm (#)

    Hi Crissy. I’m dropping by from mbc. thanks for your invite for ‘friends’. I’m now following you too. Please visit my blog and follow if you get the chance- The Salad Bowl Mommy I, too, used to be a member of the new- mommy- no-sleep- club for 3 months. She’s now nearly 1 yr and she’s been sleeping like a doll for some months now. My son was a terrible sleeper though and with him, I was a member of the club for something like 2-years ☺☺. But it’s ok, it’s all part of it all and really worth it! I wish you and your beautiful baby the best and I’ll be dropping by again.

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  5. Crystal & Co — May 2, 2010 @ 1:37 pm (#)

    Ah, the world of hurry up and wait a minute… and learning to survive on coffee and no sleep. Welcome.

    Thank you so much for becoming a GFC follower of Crystal & Co!

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  6. Jessica - One Shiny Star — May 2, 2010 @ 10:37 am (#)

    I guess it’s kind of like college, when you can do on just 4 hours of sleep… but your lack of sleep is a little more… hmm, what’s the word… honorable? lol. I think losing sleep for a kiddo is much better than losing sleep because you postponed a paper until the night before it’s due! I’d rather have the baby, probably a little more rewarding than the paper grade would be. ;)

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    • Crissy — May 2nd, 2010 @ 11:21 am

      Jessica, the only thing about losing sleep now, is that I am so much older that my body has a hard time handling it! From a physical perspective, it would have been easier to have a baby at age 20 as opposed to 30! :) However, I’m happy I waited, for sure.

  7. Erin — May 2, 2010 @ 11:20 am (#)

    I’ll be joining the club in 4 months when my little one arrives. I am already not a morning person, so I’m actually kind of terrified. And judging by all of baby’s activity right now, s/he will be a VERY active baby!

    Stopping by from SITS :)

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    • Crissy — May 2nd, 2010 @ 11:23 am

      Erin, you’ll be joining the no-sleep club, but you’ll also be joining the best club on earth… club MOMHOOD! :) Congrats on your little one!

  8. Housewife Bliss — May 2, 2010 @ 11:53 am (#)

    I know the lack of sleep all too well. 3 Children under 7 and I wish I could say it will get better but it doesn’t — once they sleep through the night, you then have colds, illnesses, nightmare, leg cramps, early waking, late bedtimes, and the like to keep you up. And a dear friend of mine told me that once that settles down you then have the worry to keep you up when they are teenagers. Ah, good bye sleep…. Lovely post though, nice to know I am not alone.

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  9. Honey — May 2, 2010 @ 2:09 pm (#)

    Hi,
    My name is Honey. I am visiting from SITS. I am the mother of five children. The youngest two are almost two year old twins. I totally understand the lack of sleep. The twins still get up twice a night to nurse. In some ways, I want to sleep a full night, but in other ways, I don’t want this season to be over.

    Blessings
    Honey

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  10. Mama Ash — May 2, 2010 @ 5:59 pm (#)

    Welcome to the No Sleep club. Amazing how we learn to function with no sleep.
    So glad to have found your blog! I love it. Found you through MBC, come north of the border and visit Everything Mom and Baby.

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