Monday, January 19, 2009

The trouble with sleep

It's been a rough week, sleep-wise and this time not all of it is Joris-induced.

Last Monday, Joris woke up from his nap at Avery's house not feeling well and proceeded to vomit such copious amounts that it required two complete changes of outfits for both of us. It made me realize that all the tad bits of food he consumes, do add up to a decent amount of stomach content. As he was looking at the chunks of vomit splattered on the floor, himself and me, he kept saying "uh-oh, uh-oh" in the saddest little voice. He had a low grade fever, which broke around 11:00pm, at which point he drank a big mug of warm milk and then slept until 8:00am, waking up perky and hungry.

Since that night, Joris has woken up every night at least once. Sometimes we were able to get him back to sleep within 15 or 20 minutes and a couple of times it took around 2 hours.

Which sucks, but pales in comparison to what my friend Leann has to go through with her 2.5 year old daughter - every night.

The trouble has been that I've been having a hard time falling asleep, both at the beginning of the night and after having been up with Joris. Insomnia has never been much of a problem for me, so it has been frustrating to lay awake, feeling the precious sleep minutes slip away, seemingly unable to find my off-button.

The other crappy part is that I'm waking up right around 5:30am or so and just lay awake, waiting for Joris to wake up.

This weekend we visited my parents in Oregon. It was very nice to spend time with them and my brother and his girlfriend, but sleeping was, of course, problematic. It is always hard to share a room with Joris, but this time all of us were suffering minor colds and Joris had arrived at the coughing stage - which meant that from 1:30am until 4:00am last night he was mostly sleeping through a coughing fit, while Jacob and I lay wide awake. And this was after the night when he went to sleep at 9, was briefly awake at 11:00 and then was up between 4:00 and 6:00am before finally crashing in between us in our bed.

We are making slow progress with getting Joris to go to sleep. It still takes forever, and 98% of the time we still have to be in the room until he falls asleep, but he does not need to be rocked anymore and is able to fall asleep in his own bed. A few times, he has been able to fall asleep without us physically in the room (our ultimate goal!) but only after a lengthy time of us being in the room first. But still, it's progress, right?

I'm banking on a positive turn-around of sleep this coming week. Maybe we will all sleep better after Obama's inauguration tomorrow - the knowledge of Bush finally departing is bound to increase everybody's happiness and piece of mind.

1 comment:

Sarah B said...

Maybe President Obama will pass a law requiring babies to sleep through the night! Would be tough to enforce, though.

Wow, it feels pretty good to finally say "President Obama."