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Hi everyone.  I wanted to ask for advice, ideas, anything really.  My husband broke his leg at work on Friday and had surgery to put a rod in it.  We're home now and last night we went to bed after putting our six month old daughter down two hours earlier.  In order for my husband to get into bed safely, I turned the light on, which woke our daughter, and once my husband was in bed, I tended to her.  I nursed her and she went down quickly.  But she woke again when my husband got up to use the bathroom.  I think the noise of the walker he is using did it.  My husband was so bummed about waking her up continually that he resigned to sleeping in the living room.  I'm going to give it a week in the hopes that a solution with present itself, but I am concerned. 

I should add that we have a pretty small bedroom, just enough space for a queen sized bed, side-car crib, and if it's all pushed against our closet, enough room to accommodate my husband's walker.

 

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Hi everyone.  I wanted to ask for advice, ideas, anything really.  My husband broke his leg at work on Friday and had surgery to put a rod in it.  We're home now and last night we went to bed after putting our six month old daughter down two hours earlier.  In order for my husband to get into bed safely, I turned the light on, which woke our daughter, and once my husband was in bed, I tended to her.  I nursed her and she went down quickly.  But she woke again when my husband got up to use the bathroom.  I think the noise of the walker he is using did it.  My husband was so bummed about waking her up continually that he resigned to sleeping in the living room.  I'm going to give it a week in the hopes that a solution with present itself, but I am concerned. 

I should add that we have a pretty small bedroom, just enough space for a queen sized bed, side-car crib, and if it's all pushed against our closet, enough room to accommodate my husband's walker.

 

-Sarah M

:( I'm sorry! My husband broke his ankle pretty early in our marriage and the surgery recovery was rough - without a baby! 

 

If she wakes up and goes down again pretty quickly, I'd say no big deal (but I have an 18 month old that wakes at least once during the night :)). She very well may get used to the noise over the course of the week, but I'd recommend not worrying about it. Your husband is probably in a lot of pain, and unless he's truly more comfy on the couch, I think braving the disruption is probably best in the long term. 

 

Tips: add a fan to the room for white noise or a similar white noise machine/app. 

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I agree that the best strategy, if she goes back down fast, is to hope that she gets used to it and starts sleeping through this stuff in the next few days (I also agree on white noise). 

 

In this situation, I would want H sleeping as comfortably as possible.  I wouldn't want him sleeping on the couch.  If the baby isn't sleeping and you need to split the group, I'd move the sidecarred crib to the living room and sleep on the couch myself, or lay out an old comforter and some pillows to sleep with the baby on the floor there.  I would hate it, but I'd prefer it to messing up sleeping arrangements for the guy with the broken leg.

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ooh, bad memories. i broke my own ankle when ds was 6 months old and it was HORRIBLE. trying to achieve any level of comfort in that miserable cast, scrambling up to nurse multiple times a night--ugh. my advice is to throw caution to the wind and buy a twin bed for him. it will come in handy sooner or later. three plus cast in a bed is too much.
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I had to laugh at Arete's reply because when I had a leg cast, I slept 3 nights with 3 other adults in a king-size bed!  (We were in a hotel at a science fiction convention.)  Nobody was hurt.  I don't move in my sleep much.

 

My son was 11 months old when I stepped on a sewing needle that broke off in my foot.  I didn't have a cast, but my foot was heavily bandaged and I couldn't walk.  I got around the upstairs (sleeping level) of our house by scooting on my bottom or crawling, so anytime I got out of bed while my son was sleeping I was kind of gently climbing around him, and he didn't seem disturbed.  If your husband has a full leg cast this may not be feasible, but if it's a lower-leg cast then he may be able to find quieter ways of getting around than the walker.

 

I agree that your baby may learn to sleep through these disruptions or settle quickly afterward, but if not I think it's better for you to sleep with her on the floor in another room, than to make your injured husband sleep anywhere uncomfortable.  Good luck!


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