I slept *hard* last night. It was great. I was too much in "planner" mode on the weekend to sleep well. I was taking Benedryl so I'd be able to get some sleep, but that was making me really groggy in the mornings (especially yesterday morning when Liam woke himself [and us] up early with a leaky diaper. But last night was sleep au naturel and it was fabulous. I even managed to fall back to sleep after Liam climbed in to the bed, took over my pillow, and relegated me to the bottom corner.


Jul. 4th, 2005 09:54 pm
I'm apparently catching up on all that sleep I've been missing from the past 18 months. Went to bed a little late last night, and woke up a couple times with Liam. Unfortunately, he decided it was time to wake up for the day by 6 am. But he went down for a nap at 7:30, so I did too. When he woke up at 9 Eric got up with him and I got to sleep in until 11:30. I can't remember the last time I slept in that late - it was very nice. Except that the entire time I was napping I was having dreams/nightmares where I was arguing with people, or they were yelling at me, or something.


May. 4th, 2005 10:12 pm
That's how Leah described my interview. At least according to Elph. So that's a good thing.

Liam had the hardest time falling asleep tonight. We just finally got him down about 20 minutes ago. Craziness. I really, really hope he sleeps okay for the rest of the night - his fingernails are very sharp and he loves to pinch my breasts when he's restless and nursing, and I had to work really hard not to scream. Nail trimming, first thing in the morning.


Apr. 23rd, 2005 08:52 pm
I'm posting from the ConFusion party here at Penguicon. I volunteered to host the party, because it lets us put Liam to sleep in the adjoining room but still stay up late to socialize. Things are going okay so far. Last night's party had a couple of periods of busy-ness, but otherwise was pretty slow. Tonight we organized a bunch of people to come to the suite and eat pizza (inspired by doing this at ConFusion, organized by [livejournal.com profile] minnehaha et al), and it was wonderful. That gave us a cluster of people early in the evening, but I people have already started drifting away, as the Buffy floor show and dance and stuff get started.

Liam's having a good time and has been in pretty good spirits. Not surprisingly, thought, the convention is messing with his sleep cycle. Last night he woke up and didn't want to settle back down in the pack-n-play - he's used to having someone in bed with him after a certain time at night. Eric was tired so went to bed as well, but Liam still didn't settle, and the party was slowing down, so I closed the party and joined them. But by that point he'd been up long enough that he decided that it was time to be awake for real, and I spent the next 3 hours trying to get him to sleep. Not fun. Had I known, I could have kept the party open and just brought him out with me! But at least he slept in - until 8:30, anyway...

His naps were late today, so we're just trying to get him to sleep now. I nursed him and walked around with him and bounced him in the bedroom in the sling for a while, and now Eric is taking a turn. From the sounds over the monitor it seems he's had a couple of false alarms. If we get another one I'll go swap in with him and see if the mommy touch will help.


Apr. 12th, 2005 12:40 pm
I don't like Liam being sick, but this particular sickness has a nice side effect - sleep! Last night he woke up much less frequently than usual, which was really nice for me! And today he's at the 2.5 hour point for his nap, and still sleeping (I got an hour myself at the beginning, until he wailed in his sleep and woke me up).

Very tired

Apr. 5th, 2005 10:21 am
Liam had a rough night. Not sure why. He has a(nother) cold, but that didn't seem to be bothering him all that much. It was just that he was waking up about every hour, and having a really hard time getting settled back down. At one point we realized that he had a majorly leaky diaper, so clearly that was bothering him. And he was coughing, so we gave him some cough suppressent, changed his diaper, and that led to us getting maybe 2 or 3 hours of sleep. But then he was back to the awake and wiggly every hour. At one point he even managed to roll himself off the bed (but since the drop is only 8 or 10 inches, I don't think he even really noticed). Eric fled for the other bedroom at about the halfway point - glad one of us managed a good night's sleep.

It does make me realize how much Liam's sleep has improved. Yes, he still wakes up a lot in the night even on typical nights. But he used to do something like the above pretty much every night, and that was really exhausting - seemed like I never got more than 30 minutes of consecutive sleep. Now I'm habitually getting at least a couple of hours at a time. Which still doesn't seem like enough, but is certainly better than nights like last night.
Liam's having an interesting day. He only drank one 4 ounce bottle all day at daycare, although he reportedly drank lots of water from his sippy cup. This would be a good sign, if he hadn't been ravenously hungry and demanding to nurse when I went to pick him up. But there were other kids around distracting him, so we didn't actually nurse until we got home, whereupon he fell immediately asleep. At 6 pm. Which is only an hour earlier than his usual bedtime, but meant that he didn't have any dinner. We weren't sure if he would treat it like a nap or like bedtime, but it was definitely bedtime, as when he woke up in the pack and play about 3 hours later he was VERY upset to be getting a diaper and clothes change instead of just going into his bed and nursing.

He had a busy exciting weekend visiting relatives, then today was the first beautiful spring day we've had, so they had the kids outside for a long time at daycare. Fresh air and exercise - hopefully he'll sleep well tonight, but I have my doubts. And he woke up at 6 am this morning - with his early bedtime tonight I'm afraid for what that will mean about tomorrow morning. Which is all a long way round way of saying that I better get my own ass to bed!
Unfortunately, this turned out to be one of the 2 hours until first wake up nights, rather than the 3 or more hours until first wake up nights we've been having lately. [livejournal.com profile] murphyw tried to settle him for 15 minutes, but when Liam was still wailing he called us and I came home. Of course, by the time I got home he was no longer crying, although still not asleep. But in any case, it was nice to get out for a little while. I got to dance to one song, saw a few people I hadn't seen in a while, chatted with friends, met (and got to hold!) Robyn and Sylvia's beautiful new baby, and SMOFed not at all. I left before the ballots were counted, so I don't know if I got voted onto the board or not. Guess I'll find out tomorrow.

Well, I was staying up for a little while since I wasn't tired when I got home, but my eyes are getting droopy so I'd better be off to bed. Liam will probably sleep in a smidge because of his extended wake up, but not enough to count on.
He's started rejecting his bottles at daycare. Only drinking maybe an ounce in the morning and after lunch, and a few ounces in the afternoon. He only drank 7 of the 11 ounces I sent him with today. With 4 extra ounces that needed to be used up today, I figured I could take the evening off and have Eric put Liam to bed. But he only drank 3 of the 4 ounces, then didn't want anymore! And he's not cooperating with his Daddy putting him to sleep, despite being overtired from only getting one short nap today. He's not been cooperating very well at bedtime for me either, these last couple of nights. He's not falling asleep while nursing, as he usually does, and he's really resisting being held in any of his usual sleep inducing positions. He's a busy little guy these days, and I think he's figured out that these things make him go to sleep and he doesn't want any part of that sleep stuff! Don't we know he's got places to go and people to drool on? So something that used to take a pretty predictable 20-30 minutes is stretching out towards an hour. Ugh.

Oh well - at least the bottle situation is letting me get a little bit ahead on my milk stash. Although this came on so suddenly, I'm not sure how much to send with him tomorrow - I don't want him to suddenly decide he wants milk again and not have enough. He's only drank about 7 ounces each of the last two days, so I'm thinking I'll send 9 maybe. Tomorrow's a short day because of my facilitation training, and he's got a sippy cup and extra food in the freezer. I hate to send extra and then have to throw it away!

Right now Eric is attempting to lull him to sleep using his last remaining trick - sitting in front of the basement aquariums. Oh - he's just wandered past with a sleeping boy in his arms, so I guess that worked. Phew. So long as he can get him into bed without waking him up, that is. Ahh - success! Hooray dad!
So today we took about the bed frame and put the mattress directly on the floor. We've been meaning to do it for a few weeks, ever since Liam decided to crawl out of the bed after his nap one day and landed with a thump. The snugtuckpillows that we have been using as bed rails are great at preventing accidental rollovers during sleep, but do nothing to keep a determined crawler or almost walker like Liam from getting out if he wants to.

We've been putting him down for naps in his pack and play, and after a couple days of transition, that's been going pretty well. The naps are the biggest concern, since that's when he's most likely to wake up and start crawling around without saying anything first. But there are a couple of hours every night before we go to bed when he's all alone in the big bed, and he has occasionally woken up before us in the morning, so it seemed prudent to get down to a level where crawling out of bed would be okay, and today was the first time we'd had the chance to do that.

Liam had fun climbing on and off and all over the bed. He's still figuring out the best way to get off. Right now he wants to go head first, which means rolling the rest of his body off after, and this isn't working real well for him. A couple of times he's figured out how to get his feet down first, which he likes much better. He's a smart boy - he'll figure it out.

But we're going to keep putting him down for naps in the pack and play. Maximum safety, and he'll be used to it for when we travel or put him to bed at friends houses.
I started writing an LJ post earlier that went like this: I'm exhausted. Almost got in an accident today because I was zoning out and forgot to check my blind spot. But Liam fell asleep on my lap, and he's been a very restless sleeper the last couple of days, and I know that if I move

That sentence was going to end with "he'll wake up and I won't be able to get him back to sleep."

But in fact, what happened was that he woke up right then, but I was able to get him to go upstairs and curl up on the bed with me and we both slept for about 90 minutes or so. Which was really extra special awesome, especially since I didn't wake up feeling like death warmed over (my usual state for the first hour or so after a long afternoon nap - yes, I have sleep issues, why do you ask?).

Of course, that was hours ago, but I'm just getting a chance to post now.

No fun

Mar. 7th, 2005 09:25 am
Liam is sick. Yes, again. Started with a fever yesterday. When he woke up for the first time, he was starting to get congested. By the second time (4 am) he was too stuffed up to latch on and nurse. We weren't even able to clear him out with the blue syringe. Tried sitting up with him to promote drainage, no dice. Even sat in the bathroom with a nice steamy shower running. Every time he'd seem almost asleep, he'd pop back awake again. Finally we decided to give him a decongestant, which meant getting online (www.askdrsears.com) to figure out the dosage. That must have done something, because he fell asleep on his daddy's shoulder around 5. We got back into bed, only to wake up again at 6. Liam was HUNGRY, but was still too stuffed up to nurse. He was so upset he was biting me - ouch. So we got up and I gave him a bottle of expressed milk from the fridge. He even had a hard time with that to start, but about halfway his nose finally drained enough that he could breathe through it, and after that he was even able to nurse. We both got back to sleep, until 8 when Eric's alarm went off - he starts his new job today.

He's sleeping on my lap right now while I wait for the pediatrician's office to call me back. His breathing seems rapid and labored and shallow to me, even yesterday before he got actively sick, so I want to get him checked out.

And to make the timing even worse - today is my appointment for my IUD. I don't want to miss it, since it took aver 6 weeks to get in in the first place! I think I've lined up a couple of Great Oakers to watch Liam, assuming he's well enough for me to feel okay leaving him.

Okay - I'm taking him in at 10. Initially they said that they didn't have any appointments until afternoon, and that I might want to take him to the ER, but then they called back to say they had a cancellation.
As other parents on my flist will attest to, just like babies grow physically in spurts, they also have developmental spurts. Liam is in one right now. Since Sunday he has gone from being able to stand (when placed just so) for 3 seconds, to 7 seconds, to walking while holding on to just my baby finger, to letting go and standing all on his own for a few seconds. It's astounding how quickly he's progressing.

Developmental spurts often lead to disrupted sleeping, and between this and the teething, he's definitely been more restless. The other funny thing, is that they'll try to continue working on the new skill at night too. Liam will go from fast asleep directly to his hands and knees (and looking for something to pull up on) in no time flat. He might be so tired that he immediately falls over from the crawl position, but he *must* do it. And when he falls over, he'll immediately pull into a crawl again. It's a compulsion. But very cute.
Lots and lots of it. Took a Benadryl and a Melatonin and went to bed (in the spare room) just after Liam did, around 8 pm. Woke up at 11:30 and joined him in the big bed to nurse him back to sleep. Woke up again at 3:30 for nose-hosing and ibuprofen administering (Liam has sadly gotten the ick that I had last week and had a fever all day yesterday). Then slept off and on between nursing until Liam woke up for the day at 7:30. I feel like a whole new woman.

As I was lying in bed tryng to fall asleep at 8 last night I started getting worried - almost panicky - that I had just forgotten how to fall asleep and would never remember. Everytime I woke up I savored the sensation of coming out of sleep, because it meant that I really had slept. I feel more normal today, not hyper- aware and hyper-alert like I've been for the last couple of days.
Or so it seems. Maybe it hasn't actually been that long. Been wanting to write a Liam update for a little while though.

One night last week, Liam slept for 6 hours. That's right, ladies and gentlemen, 6 straight hours! We are very pleased. That makes something like two five hour nights and a six hour night in the same week or so. I think he's finally reaching a developmental level where it's becoming natural for him to sleep longer periods, and this is certainly a welcome step!

Speaking of developmental steps, he's reached everybody's favorite - separation anxiety! Liam being Liam, he's still pretty outgoing and social, but if it's just me and him, he wants me to be right there. Where he used to be happy playing by himself for short periods of time, now he rarely goes 5 minutes without crawling over to wherever I am and asking to be picked up. He likes it best if I just sit on the floor next to him while he plays in the den, letting him crawl across my lap from time to time. This wouldn't be so bad if he would let me do anything else while I was sitting there, but nope, that just won't do - he's got to have whatever I've got my hands on. And he's definitely in a stage of preferring me to his dad - they'll be playing in the den and he'll crawl out to get me.

Today he signed "milk" at me. Now, I haven't been doing that sign with him very consistently at all, so I don't think he actually meant to sign it - more that he just did the hand gesture by coincidence. But I nursed him right away and signed back to him to help build the connection. He definitely understands when I sign "all done" and "down" - I've been pretty consistently doing those ones when he's eating. I should probably start doing "more" as I can see that coming in handy at dinner time.

Last night and tonight's bedtimes were super easy. Both times we've been out of the house in the early evening and Liam fell asleep in the car on the way home, and we've managed to get him into the house and into bed without waking him up. Tonight he was in bed before 7! Just waiting to see if he thinks this is a nap, or if he'll be in nighttime sleep mode. If I lived in a house with an attached garage I could see the temptation to do it whenever he was having trouble sleeping. But our garage is far enough away that he's quite the load to carry in.

Six Hours!

Feb. 4th, 2005 08:13 am
That's right, ladies and gentleman... my little bambino slept for 6 consecutive hours last night. (8:30 pm to 2:30 am) Will wonders never cease.

Of course, he made up for it in the 5 hours after that (2:30 to 7:30, when I got out of bed) by nursing no less than 3 times, and maybe more.

But still - 6 hours!


Jan. 30th, 2005 08:24 pm
Liam was quite tired all through dinner, so we brought him home, gave him a bath, dosed him with some Motrin, and tried putting him to bed. At first he seemed to be drifting off quickly and easily, but all of a sudden - BOING - he was awake, and cheerful, and wanting to play. This is not the first time this has happened, and I'm wondering if it might be something about the Motrin - I'll have to pay closer attention to the pattern. Maybe the sugar, maybe the artificial coloring, maybe he's just happy to be feeling better? But for now he's playing happily in the den, and we'll try again in a little while.

You can tell when Liam is sleepy by how he reacts when he bangs his head (which he does with some regularity). Twice in the last half hour he has bonked his head thanks to falling over while trying to climb up on his push cart, but he didn't make a peep, just crawled off to the next thing. Before his bath, when he was sleepy, he was playing with the bathroom door and bumped it into his head very lightly, and he immediately started wailing.


Mar. 21st, 2004 07:51 am
Well, [livejournal.com profile] minnehaha B, it appears you were right - it *is* a self correcting problem.

Yesterday, I was really pooped. When we got back from running our few errands - pick out paint at Lowe's, pick out fabric at Hancocks - I collapsed on the couch for a while, feeling as if I'd run a marathon. It got a little better later, but I felt worn out all day.

By the time we got back from dinner, it was like every drop of energy in my body had been sucked away. But I couldn't quite go to sleep yet - my bed was covered in bits and pieces of the other bedroom, which still needed to be reassembled. Eventually, though, I couldn't keep my eyes open anymore, and curled up in the little open space at the top of the bed until my Dad and Eric were done.

And then - ahhh, blissful sleep. I still got up a bunch, and had some dreams and some awake periods, but mostly I slept. From about 9 pm to 7 am. My stepmom reports that the cat was making a racket - I wouldn't know, cause I didn't hear it. It was lovely. I feel fully human for the first time in days - weeks, maybe. It's been about 2 weeks since I last had a really good night's sleep.

My hips hurt, thought, from not having my pillows as precisely arranged as necessary. And I've discovered that I'm now big enough to make lying on my back too uncomfortable, meaning I only have two positions - left side and right side.

But oh, it was nice to sleep. And yes, I know - savor these nights now, cause there are plenty of sleepless ones ahead, blah, blah, blah... I know all that, and don't really need to hear it again right now, thanks.


Feb. 15th, 2004 06:18 pm
I'm practicing for after the baby's born. Everyone says "Sleep when the baby sleeps." Which I figure translates to - "Sleep whenever you can." Since sleeping at night hasn't exactly been my forte lately, when I returned from my afternoon massage all sleepy, I took a nap. Mmmm... naps. Very nice. Seems that I can actually take naps when sufficiently motivated!

As I reported this morning, my back was already feeling much improved this morning, but it's even better after the massage. Better range of movement, and I'm not very sore after getting out of bed, which is a good sign.

Eric was a busy bee while I was sleeping and we now have curtains on all of the windows. Hooray! Now I must do my part and finish the chores I started earlier today - laundry and dishes. Oh joyous day.
Don't forget, you heard it hear first!!!

Guess I'm not as much better as I'd hoped/thought. I was struggling through my day in a sleepy haze, and probably would have gone home, except Eric and I carpooled today so I couldn't do that. Instead, after checking availability with my nursing coworker, I went into the little nursing room next to my office, took off my shoes, sat down in the comfy recliner in the dark, and napped for an hour or so. I feel a little better now, although still muzzy headed in that way that I get when I sleep during the day. But I don't fee like I'm about to cry anymore, so that's an improvement.



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