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April 21st, 2013, 07:53 PM
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DS who is 10 months old is a terrible sleeper, he still gets up 3-5 times a night. Here's where I struggle: I am so sleep deprived that I need the calories just to make it through the day.
Does anyone have any tips that could help me?
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April 22nd, 2013, 08:45 AM
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My 8 month son has been waking up anywhere between every 45 min to hour and a half lately. He normally sleeps for close to 2.5 hours (ie he has never slept well!), so I feel your pain!

I'm finding a bigger breakfast helps kickstart my day - I was only eating oatmeal, but now that I have toast and peanut butter or something a bit bigger, I find my day a bit easier. I also workout in the morning, I think it has an impact on my energy, and have a small snack after that. I have a coffee in the morning, and sometimes a 2nd in the afternoon. I also try to drink more water.

Another thing that helps, is to have snacks ready. I make muffins (much better than buying them, a lot less calories and just as filling), and cut up fruit and veggies once a week so its an easy grab and go.

Good luck and I hope he starts sleeping for you!
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April 22nd, 2013, 09:33 AM
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So sorry that he isn't sleeping well for you. HUGS!

Not sure I'm going to be any help as I was a terrible grazer when Josh was that age. I hope that you are able to find a solution. (I'm sure that some of the other wonderful ladies on here will have some great advice!)
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April 22nd, 2013, 09:48 AM
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Is there anyway you can sleep in a little later with him, even if you're not really sleeping just resting. I think working on getting enough sleep would help you more than trying to figure out how to deal with the hunger that goes with being tired. Maybe you guys can cuddle in the bed and sleep late and then start your day.

As for the hunger, I eat several times a day. I usually don't have any big meals. Instead I have smaller meals and a lot of snacks. So maybe prepare several snacks for yourself that are ready to go that can give you a little energy.
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April 22nd, 2013, 03:32 PM
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I don't think there is anything wrong with "grazing" if you are eating to appetite and getting balanced nutrition. Is your weight going up?
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April 23rd, 2013, 05:26 AM
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If you find yourself having to snack to stay awake try to go with fruits or veggies. I know when our bodies are over tired that we tend to eat for energy and we really need sleep---I learned that from Jillian Michaels.
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April 23rd, 2013, 02:22 PM
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Thanks for the input ladies - lots of good ideas.

My weight is not going up, I hardly every sit down during the day, I average 10,000 steps on my pedometer. I just want to feel rested and strong. Right now I just want to SLEEP, but my toddler decided today was a no nap day
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April 23rd, 2013, 06:37 PM
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As long as you're careful to snack in healthy foods I don't think it's necessarily a bad thing to eat often, especially if you feel like your body needs it.
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