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Technical difficulties.

October 1, 2009

We have been experiencing technical difficulties here at the compound for a while now.  In a few aspects of our lives.  We would have loss of internet at random times, but almost always between 7pm to 7am.  My husband, being the internet junkie, was completely disturbed by this.  After many, many days and lots of perseverance, it was resolved.  FYI, when our flood light kicked on it would short out our internet.  Bizarre right?  Well that is just technical difficulty number one.

Technical difficulty number 2?  Our beautiful daughter.  Let me start by reinterating…she is NOT a sleeper.  I read articles that babies usually sleep approximately 15 hours a day at her age.  Ha.  Not our child.  Maybe 7.  Sleep 4 hours at a time at night?  Ha!  Two hours.  Yes, you heard me correctly.  See I have birthed one of the only children who does not need sleep.  My husband can go on very limited sleep and I am starting to think she got that gene from him.  Both of our mothers have told us that we were the same way as babies.  It took a year for both of us to actually sleep, so the fable is told.  A year?  Seriously?  By that time my eyebrows will make me the third hombre in the Burt and Ernie posse, my roots will rival Shakira, and my body…let’s not go there.  I am not exaggerating that for 5 days straight, she would not nap or sleep.  She would go 8-12 hours without a nap.   Nothing would work.  NOTHING.  This is of particular concern as we are nearing my return to work.  I guess I am just going to have to accept that about 3-4 hours of sleep per night is the new norm.  I feel like I have gotten a full night sleep if I get 4 consecutive hours.

In her defense, I do believe that part of her problem is her GI system.  She got that from me.  I have a weak and bizarre GI system, and so does she.  From birth, she would scream at night.  On and off for about 4 hours per night.  It was determined that she had gas, very, very bad gas.  As with most babies who are nursing, she pooped like 15 times per day.  Which of course gradually declines with their age, until about 2 weeks ago when she stopped pooping.  We had started her on some formula as I will be returning to work in about 4.5 weeks, which stopped everything dead in her tracks.  For the last two weeks we have had to induce the poo.  If you know what I mean–which also translates to one fussy baby.  After several years being taken off my life and a visit to the pediatrician, we changed to a different formula which has a laxative effect.  So now she is back to her usual, along with ripping them so loud people look at me like I am the one who is socially unacceptable.  Ah, the joys of parenthood.  Makes a mommy proud.

One thing that has a particular calming effect on her is her swing.  Most people rock their children to sleep.  Not our child.  She wants to be put in her swing on a high setting.  So that is what we do.  We put her in, strap her down, and crank it up.  The faster she swings, the happier she is.  Works for me.  I knew being a parent was going to be hard, but this has been a wee bit more challenging that I thought.  Although, it could be a lot worse.  Overall she is a happy, smiley, loving baby who loves to be awake 24 hours per day.

Ainsley thru 9.16.09 008 Edit

Sleep??? NEVER!!!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. kelly permalink
    October 1, 2009 10:53 am

    That is too funny! I can’t believe she can go on such little sleep! You’ll have to remind her of these days often when she is older!! 🙂 Hopefully we can make it down to the pumkin farm this year and see you guys~

  2. Melissa permalink
    October 1, 2009 10:38 pm

    You are doing awesome! Surviving is what it is all about!

    She really has changed, it’s amazing.

  3. Cara permalink
    October 2, 2009 8:48 pm

    That little stinker! She is missing out, sleep is such a wonderful thing! Hang in there, it will only get better. I think her cuteness makes up for it though. Just wait until she’s a teenager…payback time! When she wants to sleep til noon, go in her room and bug the crap out of her! hehehe

  4. October 5, 2009 7:53 am

    You are doing great. And this too will pass. It will get better. All the great cliches work for a reason. She is adorable and eventually she will sleep. Good luck to you, especially with the transition back to work.

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