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First few weeks

Remind me it gets better! I'm not functioning without sleep! People say to sleep when the baby sleeps, but this baby wants to be held all the time, so I'm getting very little sleep. Aaaahhh...! Who else is with me?

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Yeah sleep when they sleep.........obviously those people weren't single mommas with 5 other kiddos...

While I generally get a 4 hour block followed by a 3 hour block at night last night we got ZERO sleep Sad I think Miss Alli didn;t get the memo that her Big sisters Bday party ended at 7ish last night and she wanted to "party" all night.

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I'm with you on this!!! It's very tough to be sleep deprived! I feel disfunctional all day and just not myself and I don't look forward to nights! It's also very tough to balance time with another LO. Just remember it does get better and our LO's need to wake often to eat to survive. Plus, if you are breastfeeding..you wouldn't want to sleep all night or you'd be hurting in thr morning. Trust me, I have to keep finding every excuse to do this night after night.
Last night, he woke up every hour!!! ahhhh!!! I keep telling my SO that he will have to take a 4 hour shift so I can sleep, but I never do.

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We are exhausted, especially with having a 19 month old running around. Thankfully my older boys can help out and take care of themselves. I haven't had much sleep the last 3 weeks and nights are definately the worst. Markus is a cluster feeder and wants to nurse for hours on end and then he fusses on and off the boob every night from 1-4am. Friday night I think I had 45 minutes of sleep and the next night I had two hours... you can't function on that but somehow we'll get through it I know! Smile My other babies were great sleepers by this stage and would give 4-6 hour stretches but not Markus... I seriously feel like I'm going to die. Lately Chris has been walking around the house with him so I can get a little bit of rest, I can't do that with him, he roots and cries constantly, must be mommy smell? He seems to know when he's with his Dad and doesn't want anything to do with the soother, swing or bouncy chair when he's fussy. I'm looking forward to him getting older and getting into more of a routine that's for sure! It's much easier if you have one baby and can lay down and rest somewhat during the day, I can't do that at all with Clara running around!

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I am not looking forward to this and I hope and pray this baby is like my last 2 and slept anywhere, never in my arms.

Im all for a good cuddle, but I hesitate to ever hold a sleeping baby or let anyone else ever hold my baby while sleeping. In my experience, it only causes lack of sleep and difficultly down the road. And having 2 older siblings to tend too, its not really an option.

Look at it this week, your already 2 weeks in! some of us havent even started that phase yet Smile

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I'll admit that co-sleeping is saving my sanity. She starts out in her pack-n-play, and comes into our bed after her first wake-up. Gillian is actually a better sleeper at night than her sister was, I'm just hoping that we don't get into the endless cycle of night wakings due to shots, teething and developmental milestones that we hit with Annabelle.

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I'm really struggling with the lack of sleep. Right now we have help but as of Wednesday we are on our own, lol. I'm pumping right now instead of bf because his crazy intense latch ripped up my nipples. Pumping is so hard...I'm supposed to pump every 2 hours but I am only managing every 3-4 hours and my supply is still low so we are supplementing too. At night I pump right before bed, then once in the middle of the night and then again around 6/7. That's on top of getting up with him every two hours, not to mention washing bottles and pump parts and making bottles. He wants to be held constantly and he sleeps for long stretches during the day and is much more alert at night. Luckily Chris does help out and we try and alternate getting up with him but with the pumping I am barely functioning.

It's hard too when you have other kids. I can't just sleep when the baby sleeps because I have a 4 yo to take care of. He does have school for three hours a day but I have to fit in a pump so I'm not sure how much sleep I'll be able to get, but we will see.

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"wobbs" wrote:

I'll admit that co-sleeping is saving my sanity. She starts out in her pack-n-play, and comes into our bed after her first wake-up. Gillian is actually a better sleeper at night than her sister was, I'm just hoping that we don't get into the endless cycle of night wakings due to shots, teething and developmental milestones that we hit with Annabelle.

yup, this! I was miserable the first few weeks with my oldest until one night I just took him to bed with me... I'll never look back! I just make the bed baby proof, they have those cosleeping cots now that go in the bed with you. It keeps me well rested.

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I'm so sorry you guys are having such a rough time! I can totally sympathize though, my kids were both bad sleepers and I have no doubt Caleb will keep the tradition alive (if he ever decides to make an exit :)). I always felt lucky to get a 2 hour stretch. When DD was a newborn and DS was only 17 months I was one tired mama! But it does get better!

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Yep, my LO likes to be snuggled in next to me to sleep... so he snuggles in and we both sleep!!! Smile Babies definitely sleep best tucked in next to mama, so I personally say let them, and then go ahead and sleep yourself. I remember being SOOOO sleep deprived with my first one. She was the one I insisted sleep on her own and on her back if she wasn't with me. After her I let them sleep with me or on their bellies, and we ALL slept much better.

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My mom has been here and helping out and I STILL feel sleep deprived with her waking up every two hours to nurse. I can't imagine what life will be like, when my mom is gone. I REALLY can't imagine what it will be like when she's not the only little person in the house. When do breastfed babies start having a 4 hour stretch at night?

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Sophia just started sleeping better on Saturday which is the day before she turned a month old. One night she slept for 6 hours straight, but I think that was just a complete fluke because it hasn't happened again. Before she was waking up about every 45 minutes to an hour. She seems to be waking up every 3-4 hours now and I am thrilled. So sad that I get all excited about being woken up only every 3 hours instead of every hour. LOL!