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...is a lack of sleep. I lost a ton of sleep when I was pregnant but nothing like this. Toago went to sleep about 1130 then woke at 215. Since 215, he has slept a total of 30 minutes....just as I began to fall asleep, he woke up full force. I definitly do not get mad as I would if somebody interrupted my sleep before him, but ny eyes are burning like mad!
Totally agree with you. Everything else is going fine but seriously struggling with this lack of sleep! Before he was born I needed lots of sleep to make it through a normal day but now I am getting less than half what I used to and having to look after him all day. He sleeps pretty well at night but I am still exhausted all the time... feel like I'm losing my mind sometimes! Hoping he sleeps more or I get used to the lack of sleep soon!
I have to agree with Memi. Avery can be in a dead sleep but let me try to eat and she starts crying. When DH is at work, if I can't make and eat it with one hand I can't have it. I've learned to keep snack food and sandwich stuff in the house so I can just grab and go. I have to try to get laundry done today. Wish me luck!
The combination of the lack of sleep and not being able to get things done on your own timeline, but having to work around the baby's. Like right now I have to decide - shower or eat? I only have time for one before the next feeding. And when do I have time for laundry?!
I feel like I can never get anything done around the house. I did laundry the other day, but with all the breaks I had to take to take care of the baby, laundry took like 7 hours! And I still didn't get everything hung. Also, I swear this baby knows when I'm just about to attempt to eat something. She starts crying every time, so I end up having to eat one-handed most of the time.
Haha i forgot about my trying to laundry yesterday. Usually my mother in law will do it so I do not typically have to worry about it. But I saw how difficult that is. And eating...haha last night I managed cooking with a crying sleepy baby lol
I think the lack of sleep makes everything more difficult. Caroline also has the gene that allows her to detect when I'm about to eat. At this point, I've stopped making things that only taste good when they are warm. I can't remember the last time my dinner wasn't cold by the time I ate it.
With my first, it was the sleep deprivation. I felt like a zombie all the time and it greatly affected my mood and ability to cope with normal life stuff.
This time it's the balance. Earlier today, my first fell of his ride-on toy and whacked his head. He was crying and needed me, my second then started crying because I was paying attention to his brother. And Jo was crying because lately she can't handle being put down for any amount of time. So I felt like my head was torn as to who to handle first, how to get them all to calm down, and I had to battle just screaming, since only one of the three *really* needed my attention. So it's moments like that that really stretch my maternal skills. And it happens several times a day, be it getting meals out with Jo wanting attention. Or putting Kieran down for a nap with Liam being tired and Jo needing to nurse. Or nursing Jo while the boys are fighting. I totally understand the term "three ring circus!"
The sleep deprivation is definitely rough, natch. Also, pumping...trying to make it work while our darling little terrorist is sleeping can be tough on those days when she doesn't seem to want to nap more than 15 minutes at a time (and I have to pump for 45 minutes or so to empty my breasts). Thus, I'm only pumping 4 to 5 times a day, which everyone swears is fatal to my supply...but honestly, it's the best I can do.
I can't even imagine taking care of an infant AND older kids, so I tip my hat to you multi-kid heros!
Yes, naptime for my oldest is hard. It's always around the same time that Lexi screams for food. My son is not independent, so if I ask him to start washing his hands or get undressed while I go tend to Lexi, what does he do? Anything but what I asked him to do! He goes and plays with the doors or lights. Or follows me to tend to Lexi. So naptime takes twice as long. I don't get him down until 2 pm, and then he naps too late, which causes him to be up later. Then it's just a vicious cycle, bc he's tired the next day., which then causes another long nap.