Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Sleep is for the weak

I am a light sleeper. I have always been a light sleeper.* In college I lived for one semester in my sorority house. My bedroom was next to the front door. I would wake up anytime someone came in for the night, but not because they were noisy. The sound of the deadbolt turning in the lock would wake me up. It's pretty ridiculous.

As you might imagine, having a baby has NOT helped me sleep any better. I was waking up at EVERY sound she made. I've found the best thing for my sleep is to be somewhere where I can hear her when she wakes up but not the noise she makes while she sleeps. This works out pretty well. Kalena usually sleeps from 7 or so until somewhere around midnight, eats, and goes back down until about 3:00 am or so. Here's the problem: these days I wake up when I DON'T hear her. The nights when she sleeps better than usual after her first night feeding, I wake up between 3:30 and 4:00 am because I haven't heard her. Instead of being able to sleep longer because she's sleeping longer, I wake up and then just lie there (lay there?) waiting for her to wake up. I can't even manage to just look at the clock and go back to sleep! It's obnoxious.

It's a sad day when you realize your 3 month old sleeps better than you do.

*For a while when I was 21 or 22 my tonsils got really huge and kept me from breathing right at night. This caused me to sleep really heavily, but as soon as I got them out I went right back to being a light sleeper.


  1. I am the EXACT same way. I could have written this post (other than the tonsils and sorority) I still wake up at different intervals and think I hear her crying. It drives me insane. We have a fan in our room that blocks her out a lot and it makes it worse.

  2. Ah, yes, about the sorority - Danielle Sheffield told me to tell you you guys are "sisters" - she's an Alphi Phi, too.

  3. A comment on Brittany's comment: I sleep with a fan, too, and I sometimes I SWEAR I can hear Patrick crying, it's just all mixed in with the fan noise, so I go to check on him and he's sound asleep. Joe thinks I'm crazy, so I'm glad to hear it's not me!

  4. so sorry... that's no fun! i'm a pretty light sleeper too, i think kids made me that way...

  5. i'm so sorry to hear that, i, on the other hand, sleep great! :D although, when there's a new baby around, i do wake up alot thinking i hear her, but really there's nothing. i'll even go in her room to make sure she's really not awake. i can't believe i'm gonna do it all again...

  6. Unfortunately, it seems as though it just comes with the territory whether you're a light sleeper or not.


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