Thursday, November 12, 2009

Again with the Sleep (or lack thereof)

I have some great shots of the hike Terry and I did over the weekend (nothing major, just to Hone Quarry - and yes, that's correct - it was only the 2 of us enjoying some long, uninterrupted adult conversation!) but I haven't downloaded them yet so you'll just have to wait.

Meanwhile, more sleep drama, as always. My poor cousin Sachiko has THREE little ones who not only don't sleep well but all have H1N1 as well. Please keep her in your thoughts!

As for me and my household, we were lulled into unwarranted optimism when, for four nights in a row, V. not only fell asleep in under 10 minutes of putting her to bed, but went on to sleep for TWELVE uninterrupted HOURS. And then? Monday night, she slept for THIRTEEN HOURS STRAIGHT. And that was after a THREE-HOUR NAP!!! I woke up on Tuesday morning having slept myself for TEN (10) hours straight - a first since May 15, 2008!

At that point, however, everything went to pieces. Tuesday night she went down quickly but then was up for about 3 hours in the middle of the night. And in the nights that have followed since then, it has taken at least 2 hours to get her to fall asleep. Oh yes - and naps are also becoming a huge battleground. That loud noise you hear is my banging my head against the wall.

I think part of the problem is the head cold that she and I both have (and apparently passed on to Grammy). I don't know about V., but I had a wicked raw sore throat for about 36 hours followed by total sinus stuffiness that is still working its way out of my system. I also had a very light fever Tuesday evening (99.8).

I just hope this is a phase, and that she will go back to that blissful state we had achieved over the weekend. Tonight I spent about half an hour rocking her in my arms and listening to her swallow the mucus that was draining from her sinuses. (This was after Terry had spent over an hour trying to get her to go to sleep.) It was another 20 minutes after that before she fell asleep though.

Coming soon: more of the cute things she is doing, less of the drama, at least I hope so!!!


tara said...

one of my ever-changing theories about sleep is that right before they get sick, when their immune system is just a bit weakened, they sleep like champs!

Then when they are sick, no one sleeps & it takes FOREVER to get well.

Then they might fool you & sleep well for a couple of nights because they don't feel symptomatic as much & they are exhausted.

But as soon as they heal a bit more, they have to re-learn how to sleep so again NO one sleeps...

and then you get sick..

repeat for remainder of the cold season.

ok, it's fairly pessimistic view but I'm thinking it explains much & that there is significant data in my household to bolster it.

sorry for you & your poor cousin

Rachel said...

Amen to what Tara said. LG slept great and took extra long naps all last week. Then his runny nose and cough came back and he's been digging at his ears. He has been waking up 2-3 times a night for the past few days. It is wearing me out!

E. Phantzi said...

That makes so much sense!!!

I think we are in the catching-up-because exhausted phase right now.