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*you know you have a crappy sleeper when you start a "you know have a crappy sleeper" thread at 3 in the morning with your LO singing while sitting on your lap (and she's been up for two hours already...)

*when you hear people say their child used to sleep for 5 hours but now gets up every two hours and you think to yourself, "babies can sleep for two hours in a row?!!"

* when at 21 months of age your LO has never slept longer than an hour. ever

* when your LO will not sleep without you there. ever. for naps. for night. so you are in bed 14 hours a day (and your tush shows it!)

*your LO will wake up every three minutes for a period of hours for no known reason. you easily get her back to sleep by switching sides but you are awake. for the rest of the night

*when your fantasy life no longer involves sex but a pillow and 12 straight hours of uninterrupted sleep. ahh, bliss

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* when your LO will not sleep without you there. ever. for naps. for night. so you are in bed 14 hours a day (and your tush shows it!)

*your LO will wake up every three minutes for a period of hours for no known reason. you easily get her back to sleep by switching sides but you are awake. for the rest of the night

*when your fantasy life no longer involves sex but a pillow and 12 straight hours of uninterrupted sleep. ahh, bliss
this was us!

I would also add:

*you are in bed 14 hours a day because YOU need the sleep. In fact, you're usually not actually sleeping most of those 14 hours in bed, you're just laying there not able to sleep for one reason or another, so that's why you need the sleep.

*you really envy those mamas who can actually NOT have to nap with their child, and can get something done during their naps.

*you feel like your day revolves completely around trying to get your child to sleep. all day. every day.

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And I thought that I had a crappy sleeper.

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oh goodness, I won't complain anymore - I have a 2 hour at a time sleeper

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*when your fantasy life no longer involves sex but a pillow and 12 straight hours of uninterrupted sleep. ahh, bliss

thank you. i sympathize. but it was wonderful to read all this expressed in such a delightful way! i'm still laughing. i needed that.
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*you don't drive any more b/c you can't even remember if the light was red or green or where you are going.

*your house is filthy and YOU DON'T CARE

*you cry as much as your baby

* you know more about infant sleep than sleep experts

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*you feel like your day revolves completely around trying to get your child to sleep. all day. every day.
Day? LIFE revolves around naps, bedtime, nursing, etc!!

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*when you hear people say their child used to sleep for 5 hours but now gets up every two hours and you think to yourself, "babies can sleep for two hours in a row?!!"

* when at 21 months of age your LO has never slept longer than an hour. ever

*your LO will wake up every three minutes for a period of hours for no known reason. you easily get her back to sleep by switching sides but you are awake. for the rest of the night

*when your fantasy life no longer involves sex but a pillow and 12 straight hours of uninterrupted sleep. ahh, bliss




Right there with ya mama. I have this fantasy of leaving DS at home with DH for a whole day, going to a hotel, asking for their quietest room, checking in and sleeping ALL.DAY.LONG.

But I can't be gone more than a couple hours without DS melting down, so it will have to remain a fantasy.

I miss my old friend, Sleep. Maybe one day in the future we shall meet again.
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When it takes you loger to get her down for a nap than she actually naps.
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When you almost cry with desire from the thought of sleeping on your stomach...or even just being able to roll over to face away from your crappy sleeper.

When your DH gets no sleep because he accidentally left the monitor on and could hear your child waking all night...from his cozy couch in the basement.

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*when you bump your own thread at 2 am with LO on your lap :

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When it takes you longer to get her down for a nap than she actually naps.
This drives me nuts!!
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When you absolutely cannot wait until your LO outgrows nap time b/c it's such a freaking chore.

But truthfully, DD finally sleeps really well at night. But we have been through sleep-hell so I can totally relate.
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I have been there w/all of mine..actually am still there w/them!! :

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...when you wake up in their toddler bed and don't remember how or when or why you got there.

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-when your DH is going outside to cook steaks and takes DD with him, you say thanks for the short nap... and DH replies, "But they'll be done in 6 minutes" and your reply is, "Yes, but it's 6 minutes of sleep!" :

-when you know all of the late night programming due to your DD not sleeping during the hours of 1-5 am

-when you let DD sleep in until noon (or longer) just so YOU can get some sleep too.

-when you briefly fall asleep sitting up while drinking a cup of coffee and get rudely awakened by the hot wet feeling in your lap. (happened yesterday)



I'm so glad I found this thread... I was beginning to think we were the only ones! DD is almost 2 and has never really slept through the night. I can count on one hand how many times she's slept more than 4 hours straight (and 6 was the longest ever). All of the moms I know in real life have perfect children who sleep through the night w/o being attached to the boob. So happy to find we're not as strange as I thought.
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- when you reach 1000 steps when pacing the house at 3 am! (I used to count my steps to pass the time!)

- when 'Oh Dear God please go to sleep' becomes an actual song that you can't stop humming . . .



Luckily, DD is much better now but I still look back on those days/nights and shudder . . .

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Thanks for making me laugh! I have a crappy sleeper, but you totally win. DD sleeps for at least one 2 hour stretch most nights.

*When you look forward to going to work since you can catnap at lunch in your office.

*When your DH sincerely wants you to stop driving and carrying the baby around the house since you are so unimaginably clumsy.

*When you truly want to smack every person who tells you they're "so sleepy" because they had to wake up at 6 AM, or went to bed late, or whatever. I always say "no you're not" when people tell me they're tired, unless they have an LO like DD!

*When your nightly prayer includes "please let her sleep tonight".
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Sounds like some of you mamas have it much worse than I, but dd didn't go to sleep until after 10 last night and then we were up for 3 hours straight in the night:

*when you start to question your sanity as you lie in bed sobbing while your lo nurses

*when you day dream about contacting a sleep center and asking what's wrong with you or your child (or does this actually fit the range of normal? I really want to know.)

*when you adopt the mantra "well, her cousin started sleeping well when she was three" and don't let yourself consider the possibility that it could last longer than that

*when you tell dp you've decided you want to wait longer to ttc to give your body more time to recover from this one -- and he says, "Yeah, it seems like she's not really done with it (your body) yet."
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When you've been sleepless for so long that you actually DO wake up refreshed and ready to hit the ground running... after three hours (total, not in a row) worth of sleep a night. And you only get cranky if you got less than 1.5 in a 24 hour period.

Seriously, pre-kids I used to love my sleep. I would keep dream journals and have dream pillows and everything. But in the mornings I would still need energy drinks and coffee. Then... pregnancy and kids. It took me about two years to get to this point but now I think my body gave up on trying to get me to go to sleep. I also cut out the caffeine and ironically I am MUCH more awake all the time now.
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Oh yeah - I've even asked the ped for a referral to a sleep clinic or specialist.

I forgot one:
*When lack of sleep changes your baby making plans from 2 to just this one.
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when is becomes something blissful to look forward to every night, when you wake up dh for "his turn" and get to lay in bed and listen to your dh handle the fussy baby...right beside you.... as long as YOU are not the one doing it at the moment... because you can stretch and relax and roll over and at least get physically comfortable for a few minutes.

And I know all the late night programming too... The discovery channel needs to get some new shows!
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I forgot one:
*When lack of sleep changes your baby making plans from 2 to just this one.
Yeah I didn't forget that one! Mine's not tooooo awfully bad, asleep by 11-midnight, but I have to get up early to work while he sleeps in and my body just cannot function anymore on the amount of sleep I get, though it used to be adequate pre-baby.

The fear of a really really horrible sleeper scares me out of the 2 kid idea. I'm barely cutting the mustard with 1!
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Day? LIFE revolves around naps, bedtime, nursing, etc!!
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I keep thinking she'll grow out of it and then another month passes by and nothing changes.
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thank you my commiserating mamas! i have to second the "when you hear about another child who *finally* started sleeping through the night at a certain time. first it was 6 months for me and then LO didn't start. Then I heard 10 months and I waited patiently. Then a year. nada. Then 18 months. la-de-dum. now i am looking forward brightly to 2 years! but i have a feeling we might be in the 3 to 4 year stage. but there is nothing better than snuggling with her when she is passed out!

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- when you have your first bonafide nervous breakdown.

- when you no longer think mothers who control cry their kids are lazy and/or terrible mothers; even though you can't bring yourself to do it, you actually understand and envy mothers who do.

- when your husband gets a vasectomy because "we are NEVER doing this again!"

- when you have moved the TV into the garage for storage because there is no such thing as "evening free time", you're in bed by 7pm in desperate hopes of getting in some hours before "it" all starts.

- when you have old sheets up on the windows in more desperate hopes that less morning light means more morning sleep. Doesn't.

- the curtains covering the old sheets are taped with masking tape to the wall at the bottom, to stop the faintest glimmer of light entering under where they gap from the wall.

- your bottle of rescue remedy lives under your pillow.

- you've mastered the "bed rock", which is putting baby on your chest/stomach and rolling from side to side when comfort is needed because it's all the energy you have left.

- when that energy is depleted, you've mastered "resting" in bed while a baby screams in your arms. Sometimes you even manage to muster up enough movement to stroke his head to add to the pitiful pats on the diaper you're offering as comfort. You hope he can't feel you sobbing from your sense of hopelessness.

- you've nursed so much you and the bed are covered in puke and you don't even bother to wipe it before you and baby roll exhausted into it - face first.

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- when you have your first bonafide nervous breakdown.

- when that energy is depleted, you've mastered "resting" in bed while a baby screams in your arms. Sometimes you even manage to muster up enough movement to stroke his head to add to the pitiful pats on the diaper you're offering as comfort. You hope he can't feel you sobbing from your sense of hopelessness.
Yep. I often fall asleep in the middle of a word while singing to her, or in the middle of stroking her hair or patting her back. I am so tired right now that I almost cried reading your post...oh, the sobbing and begging for sleep!
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I hate that whole "more time putting her to sleep than actually sleeping" bit. Gah. Drives me insane-- I spend an hour and a half getting her down and she sleeps for twenty minutes. WTF?

And yes, we have mastered the side to side rock.

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...you have to hop on MDC in the middle of the night (to check your last post) because you can't remember if your lo went to sleep at 9:15 or 10:15 and you are really curious about how many hours you just got.
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*you scratch your nose and it wakes the baby*

*you swallow and it wakes the baby*

*the alarm goes off and you all sleep through it.... including the baby*


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