That's what a few good hours of sleep makes a woman feel like!!! Yes, you read correctly, DS actually slept MUCH better last night. Was only up like 3-4x all night and slept a BIG stretch sometimes btwn. 12-7. I feel like 1/2 a new woman. Seriously, I woke up and felt like ME again. DS seemed happier, I was able to appreciate him like I can't on those bad sleep days and I just felt better all around. Now, if 3-4 hours of uninterrupted sleep do that for me, what am I going to do when he sleeps longer? I might even run a marathon. Today was the first day in about a week that I didn't want to stick hot pokers in my eyes.
I've been comparing the sleep thing lately to labor. When I have what seems like nights on end of no sleep again, it feels like when the contractions seem to have no end. And even though everyone is telling you that it's all worth it and that you'll have this beautiful baby in the end, it really doesn't make the pain any better. Well, the universe wasn't throwing me a bone, and I really was having a hard time keeping my head above water. Then, I got a minute between contractions like last night. Now I feel like I can breathe again. Who knows what tonight holds? I'm trying not to jinx it.
Serenity-thank you for the hugs and support. I can feel it.
Eosine-I think you may be right about the napping thing. It seems like DS doesn't fully get to sleep soundly until we are in the bed with him (and of course, even then it's no guarantee of anything). So, we have like 3 hours where we're just on edge waiting for that next wake-up. I tried keeping him up a bit longer tonight, and he's woken up once so far. Sounds like you have more experience in this department. I need all your wisdom!
Milkfacemama-I will try the Camilia next. The Hylands really don't seem to do much anymore and that may be b/c he's starting to get the big guns: incisors, molars are next, etc.
Chante-thanks for letting my thread be the first one you replied to! Sounds like you are in the thick of it, too. I remember feeling very confused and unsure of my parenting choices (AP) in the beginning when DS wasn't sleeping AT ALL and seemed generally unhappy sometimes. I thought, I'm doing ALL these things that are supposed to make DS happier and more content, and it's STILL not working. I feel much more confident in our choices now, even after the week we've had. I think we will reap the rewards of our parenting later, perhaps much later. But it will be worth it? Plus, I bet your babe is already a unique little soul that gets lots of compliments, right? You really touched me when you talked about the merry-go-round of emotions. That's exactly what it is. My DH has taken the brunt of my frustrations over the past year. This is the hardest, sometimes impossible-seeming work any of us have ever done. How can we do it alone?
To all your wonderful woman-thank you, thank you, thank. I'll let you know how things go. I could be on here in the morning crying my eyes out again. Let's hope the universe throws all us sleep-deprived girls a bone