Dear Crissy

Sleepless in Ohio

I am sleeping in a recliner, with a small frilly bassinet pulled up to one side, and a makeshift diapering station available on the sofa to my right. I can literally pivot in one direction to pick up the baby, feed at neutral, and pivot right to change a Pamper.

Don’t let the fact that I am sleeping with a bassinet in the room fool you, most of the time we’re in this position.

crissy and kara

I don’t plan to be on sofa-patrol much longer, but for now, this arrangement is the most convenient (keeps me near a television, too, so I have some distraction during those late-night feedings), and it also allows Evan and Zach to get some rest at night.

Hey, someone should sleep, right?

Don’t get me wrong, I remembered well what degree of painful sleepiness comes with having a newborn, but the full gravity of it doesn’t kick in until you’re about three weeks in, and on the precipice of a mental breakdown.

Dude, I need a nap.

Honestly, I’ve needed a nap for two years now, and the way things are going, it is going to be another two or three years until I get it!

I do have to say, breastfeeding takes the edge off of the circus that is night time. It is so much easier to just plop baby on a breast than it is to fumble around making bottles all night, while the baby screams her head off waiting.

Breastfeeding is going well, but of course, I still have my insecurities, and I really hope that I can continue to stick with it. I feel proud of myself for making it this far.

So, that’s what is up with me — how are you? How many hours of sleep did you get last night?

    19 Comments on “Sleepless in Ohio”

  1. Congrats on your beautiful baby!

    It’s been a long, long time since I was up breastfeeding, but totally agree that it is way more convenient than bottle feeding.

    Mine are both teenagers now – still many sleepless nights, but for a totally different reason. ;-)

  2. I had the same setup! LOL

    I went to a breastfeeding support group before my baby arrived, and those moms all had the same worries and problems, and I think that primed me for knowing that it wasn’t going to be easy in the beginning. I kind of expected it to be hard at first, so I wasn’t surprised when it was.

    I do have to say that I was so determined to make breastfeeding work that I was pretty calm about it. I threw out the schedule I got the second we got home, L was happy (although pretty gassy) because he was fed on demand and thriving, and I felt like I didn’t need to keep track: he was nursing every half hour, what was there to keep track of? :)

    Glad to read that this time is easier. It’s understandable that you are nervous based on your first experience, but I hope you will be able to relax and just enjoy this wonderful, sleepless, time.

  3. Congratulations on your beautiful bundle of joy. It isn’t easy going without sleep and trying to do everything just right. Without seeming like I just want you to visit my blog, all I want to say is actually summed up in a recent post of mine. I am giving you the direct link so you don’t have to plod through the rest of it. Children are amazing, they are exceptional, and they are worth it.

    I do not tough on the breastfeeding, but I did try unsuccessfully with my first and successfully with my second. They are both doing very well ages 7 and 9 so I don’t think it is the biggest thing to stress over. having said that, I loved it and I fully understand wanting to do it. Just trying to relieve some of the pressure. :)

  4. Your baby is absolutely precious and you look great! Sleepless nights will come and go. Just hang in there. I loved breastfeeding. It is definitely great for the baby too. I breastfed both of my boys for as long as they’d let me. I haven’t been sleeping well lately because my youngest is teething. It also doesn’t help that I’m a workaholic and have a ton of ebooks I’ve been trying to read to help me become more knowledgeable. Anyway, enjoy the little moments with your baby because they don’t last long. I remember having both of my boys and one is 2 years old as he sings, dances, potty trains, and learns new words while the 9 month old is beginning to crawl and clap. I love your blog. If you get a moment during your sleepless nights, check out my blog!


  5. I am reading this blog post as I cuddle my non-sleeping 3 1/2 month old. She still hasn’t figured out that night time is for sleeping and has recently learned how to fight off sleep with a fit. Just call me sleepless in KS, nice to meet you sleepless in OH!

  6. Sleep? What’s that?

    I have a newborn too, so I can relate. One month in now, and man… I do need a nap!

  7. I’m often of the recliner too at night – Ariana (6 months old) wakes up every three hours or so, and I’m happy to nurse her back to sleep on the recliner, and then hop back into bed :)

  8. I’m sleepless in Massachusetts! My boy is almost two months old, it’s only been two days back to our sleep arrangement, but for 8 weeks my husband slept alone in our office/guest room and I was on our queen bed with 3 y.o. and newborn. I do like how much sleep I’m able to get by just plopping the boob in his mouth before he wakes up the whole house (and neighbors). Right now all 4 of us are really sick, some sort of flu. 3 y.o. with fever, newborn coughing in my Moby wrap, husband sick but is going to work anyway, so I’m home with two sick kiddos and sick as a dog myself!

  9. Congratulations! Such a little cutie! My youngest is 10, but I remember all to well those sleepless nights. We still have some sleepless nights with her, but they are because she has Epilepsy and her seizures occur at night. It is very difficult for my husband and I to relax, and we take turns “sleeping” with one eye and one ear open, just like we did when she was a wee one. So for us, it never really changed. Best wishes to you and your family!

  10. About five hours! G’ luck on sleep crissy. :)

  11. Aw, what a great picture. I remember how precious those early days were, and I remember the sleeplessness too. :)

  12. Hello, good morning. I think I only had to wake up like uhh 3 maybe 4 times to either make a bottle or change a diaper.. I kinda just pass out once its over, too tired to look at the time lol.

  13. I wasn’t able to breastfeed longer than a month with my son. I just didn’t make enough milk for the piggy :) so he got used to drinking cold bottles. I prepared them at bedtime and it would be waiting in the fridge in case he got hungry in the night. It worked out great!

  14. My 11-month-old has been waking up every hour and a half for the past three nights. I have no idea why, but I just want him to sleep! Of course neither of my older two slept well as babies, so why would I expect anything different with this one!

  15. Breastfeeding didn’t last for me, so the formula keeps my little one sleeping longer at night. And I pre-make my bottles for the day and night. As soon as I am out of them, I remake all of them again at one time. For some reason bottle feeding is easier for me?!? Grant my first son slept in that same spot for the first few weeks as well. Same set up too LOL This time around I have a bed in Chris’s room (baby) and he finds his way to the bed with me some nights ;)

  16. I like your blog. I don’t have toddlers anymore, my youngest is 7 but I enjoyed reading your posts. You have a great sense of humor and positive outlook, it’s contagious. I hope the best for you.

  17. Aww Crissy,
    So sweet! Love that pic of you and the baby.

  18. Ah, such a sweet photo.

    And, your sleeping arrangement sounds much like mine during those first few weeks. It just seemed easier for me and less, um, loud for my husband and daughter. Hope you get some rest soon. Those newborn days are BRUTAL.

  19. Hey Crissy! Congrats! I didn’t realize you had your baby, been out of the loop, so beautiful. Last night I got 2 hours sleep. I’m nursing (no boobs) involved a sinus infection and I’m deaf in my right ear, have been for three months. So if you need a sitter, let me know I’ll start walking from BC should be in OHIO by ohhhhhhhh Christmas lol – but I won’t hear the baby scream.

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