Sleep was something I was dreading about being a new mum. Particularly the lack thereof as I’m a self-confessed sleeper. Some people function best in the early morning while others are night owls – me, I’m a midday sort of person. I love lying in and love snuggling up in bed at a decent time. Before Georgia, I could quite easily sleep 10 hours without batting an eyelid.
I’ve been quite impressed with myself so far as to how well I’ve coped with the lack of sleep and how easily I’ve adapted to this new lifestyle. But, there are a few issues that we have to deal with…
Don’t tease me
At 5 weeks old, Georgia is teasing us when it comes to bedtime and it’s driving me bonkers. Some days she sleeps from 9pm to 3am, whereas other days she wakes every 3 or 4 hours throughout the night.
It’s not the lack of sleep that annoys me (which is a surprise in itself), it’s the lack of continuity and being lulled into a false sense of security. Nights with a 6 hour sleep – or even just more than 3 hours of unbroken sleep – deserve an air punch as they leave me feeling like a new woman, but they can’t be relied upon. Sometimes she’ll repeat the same trend the next day leading us to foolishly believe that we’re turning a corner, only to be yanked back into reality with another 3 hour cycle.
I know I’m asking too much this early on, as in comparison with other babies, she’s very well behaved at night. But it feels disappointing when you look at the clock and it’s only 12am and you know it’s going to be one of ‘those’ nights.
As well as the ‘will she, won’t she’ scenario we play every night, we’re also being teased by the times that she mocks us with her cries. She starts her ‘I need a feed’ cry at a time when she may be on a 3 hour cycle in the middle of the night. We wake and spring into action as her personal servants making her feed up only for her to drop back into a deep sleep and for it to be one of those, what would have been, magical 6 hour sleeps that we’ve now lost. These are even more annoying as it means wasting formula and more importantly being awake when we really didn’t need to be.
In the long run, these moments will be short lived. I know that she’ll settle into a sleep cycle at some point, but in the meantime, we’ll just have to continue playing the game that is parenthood!