Ever since having my baby every time I meet anyone one question that invariably crops up is ‘well is he sleeping through the night yet?’. I think I should just get a t-shirt printed that says NO HE IS NOT SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT! I don’t know why this is just a touchy subject for me, it may be partly because I have always loved my sleep but it is mainly because when I say no I normally hear how everyone else seems to have had their babies sleeping through the night from 3 months and they then feel the need to advise me on what I am doing wrong. Do people not think I have tried everything by now- white noise, black out blinds, night light, cutting out a day time nap, giving longer day time nap, giving bigger bedtime fed, having room warmer, having room cooler, earlier bedtime, later bedtime, controlled crying, you name it and we have tried it!
I actually thought we were doing quite good stopping night time feeds at 8 weeks and even though he would still be unsettled a few times during the night didn’t normally fully waken up until morning so foolishly I assumed that sleeping through the night wasn’t too far away! There even was the odd night when we did make it through to about 6 o’clock uninterrupted and although I congratulated myself on this achievement I could be guaranteed that the following night would be worse than ever! However since hitting the 8 month mark sleep has become something of a distant memory with hourly wake ups then fully awake and ready to party by 5 o’clock every morning! I have been blaming sleep regression and teething in the hope that these will soon pass but in the middle of the night in my sleep deprived state I begin to think my child may never sleep through the night!
However as I write this post at 5am I am looking at my thriving baby crawling around the room pausing to pull himself up on my seat before attempting to take a few steps and giving me a toothy smile delighted at his new found skills. So maybe I do look like zombie but my little man is just perfect in my eyes whether he sleeps through the night or not and I wouldn’t have him any other way!