Whoever coined the phrase ‘sleeps like a baby’ obviously never met my second born baby girl. I should have known when on her second night of being earth bound she screamed heartily for most of the night – much to the horror of those in the rooms around us. But putting it down to natural adjustment I just cuddled her and we headed home. For a few weeks she dazzled me with her outstanding sleeping ability. She napped like gold medalist in an Olympic event and only woke twice a night for feeds. I can seriously remember thinking ‘this second baby business is so easy – what do people complain about?’
BUT THEN without warning it all went seriously pear-shaped. My champion sleeper left the building and in her place I was left with a fussy baby girl who refused to sleep without her mama’s arms wrapped tightly around her. Let’s just say that for the second half of 2006 and most of 2007 I lived in a sleep deprived stupor. For more nights than I care to remember I saw every single hour on the clock face – and the more tired I became the harder it was to think straight enough to know how to solve the problem. The tiny number of brain cells I still had functioning were consumed by the fact that I also had a 2-year-old to care for. Even without sleep life still had to go on.
So there you have it, a stalemate, with no real chance of me being able to bring about change. At 18 months of age my middle pink was still confusing mummy with her security blanket and I continued to get up to her four or five times most nights. Then one evening something snapped. I was tired beyond belief and starting to feel depression creeping in. I had to change the balance of power in the house, because she had it all. And the only way I knew to do that was to simply not go to her. So I left her to cry. It was heartbreaking and felt brutal. I sat on my bed and sobbed along with her for almost two hours before she finally slept. But it worked and from that point onwards I slowly started to claw back some sleep time for myself. ( Please note I don’t recommend this approach.)
Now I tell you my sad tale for a reason. Firstly to let you know that if you’re going through the tortures of baby related sleep deprivation now you are not alone. Let me tell you that as difficult and frustrating as it is it will pass. I promise. But also to share with you about Slumber Bub. Slumber Bub is an online sleep school. It draws together all of the information and expertise you need to bring peace and sleep back into your home and life. I’ve been given the opportunity to have a good sticky beak around the site I think it would be perfect for anyone currently living in the stupor I described above.
Slumber Bub allows mums to download safe baby settling techniques that are based on the baby’s age, including video programs and daily planners prepared by baby sleep experts. It’s clear and looks easy to follow. Given my time again I would definitely be signing up – espically as it’s only $29.00. You can check out their website and facebook page if you’d like to find out more. As a part of researching and writing this post Slumber Bub have given me a free membership valued at $29.00 to giveaway. To enter follow these steps.
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