Tuesday, May 24, 2011

The Rapture

Nope, I am not talking about end-of-the-world earthquakes and plagues of locusts a la crazy Harold Camping. I am talking about the rapture that is sleep. Sleep, my friends!

We have a beautiful, healthy, happy baby who is growing and thriving, and for that we could not be more grateful. Honestly, we couldn't. Sweets is the greatest blessing we have ever receieved. But our beautiful, healthy, happy baby boy did not sleep for the first 9 months of his life. There were nights I didn't get more than 45 minutes of consecutive sleep, nights I logged no more than 2 hours of total sleep, nights I didn't sleep at all. I read every book. I tried every suggestion. I let him cry. I cried. I went to work (almost) every day feeling like I was slogging through jello. Afraid I would fall asleep at the wheel on my way home. Exhausted but dreading going to sleep myself. Not knowing what any given evening would bring. Obsessing over every nap and every night. It was the hardest 9 months of my life.

And for the last 2 weeks, my son has slept through the night. every. night. Can we take a moment to celebrate that, please?    

Don't let the pictures fool you. He really didn't sleep for beans. I took pictures of him sleeping to make myself feel better when I thought I was going to die of sleep deprivation.

You go, Sweetie Little Pea! I love you.
And I love sleep.
Please don't take it away from me.


  1. i love the photos of sleeping babies! this series is the best. your sweet pea is sooooo cute! we struggled with sleep for MONTHS AND MONTHS AND MONTHS so i can realllly relate. i am lucky that i was off work this year though or i would've had a breakdown for sure. ie my heart goes out to you!

    thanks for the comment on my blog! we live in suburbia too (blech) but it is that situation where suburbia "found us". this was all farms in the 1950's when my family bought their farm on this street. houses have crept in more and more and now the kids in this community have noooo idea what-so-ever about agriculture. it is really saddening!

  2. Aw, thank you! Sleep struggles are one of the hardest things about parenting, I think. I just try and take it day by day and consider each night that he sleeps through a victory! How wonderful that you are off for the whole year!

    I have to say that in terms of suburbia, we are really lucky. We found a house on a very country-ish street with empty lots on either side of us, and nothing bur farm land across the road. I think we have all kinds of space, but my country boy husband still thinks we're too close to the neighbors ;-)

  3. LOL me too; dairy cows can lick my mailbox but i feel like i'm trapped in suburbia! [ie i have 3 walmarts within 10 miles of me]. i feel his pain!!! :)