Tuesday, October 17, 2006


The Little Dude woke up at 2am, crying and inconsolable, and we have tried for two hours to get him back to sleep without success.

I have to get up early for work this morning anyway, I am crap at getting back to sleep, so I guess two and half hours sleep is my lot for the night!

I think fondly of the days when I imagined I needed nine hours sleep per night. And I usually got it, too. But now?

Methought I heard a voice cry, "Sleep no more!
The Little Dude does murder sleep!" the innocent sleep,
Sleep that knits up the ravelled sleave of care,
The death of each day's life, sore labor's bath,
Balm of hurt minds, great nature's second course,
Chief nourisher in life's feast...
Emily shall sleep no more!

With apologies to Shakespeare's Macbeth!


Blogger Desmond Jones said...

Yaknow, Emily, sleep is the one thing that I compete with for Molly's affections. I have no worries at all about her going off with another guy, but sometimes I think she likes sleep more than me!

12:16 PM  
Blogger FTN said...

Before you know it, he'll be slightly-independent, and then you'll be torn between sleeping later and wondering what kind of mischief he's getting into, since he can get out of bed by himself.

12:35 PM  
Blogger Cat said...

FTN is so right!

12:39 PM  
Blogger Finished Last said...

Here's a wish for a happier Little Dude and some rest for mommy

12:56 PM  
Blogger Rob said...

Emily, I'll relate a little story about when our kids were each Little Dude's age. Our firstborn, our daughter, used to drive us to near zombi state keeping us up all night for days on end. Finally our pediatrician told us that we were crazy - to just let our daughter be and that eventually she would fall asleep, if through exhaustion. We finally did take his advice and he turned out to be so right! So when our son was born two years later, that lad would get dumped into bed each night - no fuss, no muss. And you know, he soon slept the night through, dead to the world!

Now kids are all different and some kids are cholicly (which is another issue) but you might take note and not fuss over him so much at night, even if he is your only little one. Try and put up with his hollering but don't go running into his room to pick him up and hold him so much. He learns by your example.

4:19 PM  
Blogger aphron said...

Nine hours?!? What's that? Sadly, I've noticed that, now that my kids are old enought to "fend" for themselves, I can't sleep as much. What a bummer.

1:47 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

Oh, I already see so many of the things you say in myself.

Desmond - I know just how she feels. Sleep! Oh, yes. Right there. Yes, yes, yes! (I'll have what she's having)

Rob - The LD is normally quite a good sleeper and we have found sleep training pretty successful, but it seem to unravel when he is sick and especially until his temperature goes down. I am willing to be a bit hardline about leaving him alone to fall back to sleep 90% of the time, but I must admit I go in to him when he is sounding more distressed, and especially when he is sick.

Aphron - I already notice that I can't seem to sleep in. I used to have such glorious sleep ins, but nowadasy, even if the LD sleeps, I still wake up at the usual time. Parenthood. Its like being in the army. It trains you quite brutally in certain habits, that then become impossible to drop!

1:02 PM  
Blogger Emily said...

FTN - My boy is already so active and inquisitive that I am somewhat dreading the day that he can get out of bed by himself!

1:03 PM  

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