Lately I've been soooooooooooooo envious of parents of "good" sleepers. A mom in my moms' group said her 10 month old sleeps through the night most nights, and has 2 x 1.5 hour naps each day. She says she does not need to rock him to sleep but rather places him in his crib and he falls asleep on his own.
We have an 11 month old who woke every 1-2 hours until he was about 9 months, now does the same but with a 3,4 or 5 hour stretch thrown in there. We need to rock or nurse hiim back down to sleep every time he wakes. For naps, I rock him to sleep every time and he will only nap 30-45 mins.
I know it's futile to compare, but I can't help but think of how much easier the parenting experience is for "good" sleepers. They don't have to go through what I'm going through, and don't know the nightly ritual of having to wake several times and parent a baby back to sleep even though we are utterly exhausted.
I think of how exhausted I feel every day just from the usual baby care tasks, then throw sleep deprivation into it. Parents of "good" sleepers have so much more energy during the day to be more peppy as parents.
I'm just envious, because we didn't choose our baby's sleep temperament, it's just the way he is. And of course the double whammy is that as a parent of a "poor" sleeper we work twice as hard to try different things to improve his sleep. Parents of "good" sleepers usually have not done anything to make it that way, it's just how their baby sleeps.
I know there is always someone worse off than me, but I just needed to have my vent. :)