i need to HELP to see the light at the end of the tunnel!

V - posted on 12/21/2012 ( 4 moms have responded )

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i need to see the light at the end of the tunnel! i have a baby, who just turned 6 weeks old today. He still doesn't sleep much at night. Only 2 hr intervals, but by 3 or 4 a.m., he is up for hours, until a juicy nap in the late morning, and up again for most of the day. I'm so anxious around bedtime, cause I know that I will be up again and again. My hubby is great and we are dong all the "right" things (active days, quite nights, etc). I do exclusively breastfeed and wish to continue so. What I really need are some moms to tell me they went through the same or similar, but things GOT BETTER (sleep increased, anxiety reduced). I need a jolt of positivity today!

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Jennifer - posted on 12/21/2012

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I am a first time Mom who had a c-section. In the beginning when she was wakeful at night I ended up bringing her into bed. This helped her sleep majorly. This may not be something that you want to do but for me it was the best thing I did. I still lay with her to help her fall asleep and will be working on helping her to sleep more independently (fingers crossed). Part of me doesn't want her to be so independent though because I absolutely LOVE snuggling her to sleep. She will be 5 months old on Christmas. Have you tried sound machines or fans for white noise? A swing? Sleep deprivation is not good so I understand how anxious and helpless you must be feeling. I hope things get better so that you can enjoy Mommyhood.

Amy - posted on 12/21/2012

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It will get easier and you will learn to love motherhood. But for now sleep when he sleeps, it does get easier but the first few months are usually a blur.

V - posted on 12/21/2012

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Thanks Dove. I'm kinda freaked cause I LOVE my baby, but I'm not so much in love with motherhood at this time. Does that make sense? I just need a routine and sleep. I will be able to handle the regular ups and downs then. At this time, I'm just losing it. And I know I'm so very lucky...I have a healthy baby, a helpful husband, a year off to focus and adjust to motherhood, and living in an age where I can get help on-line! But I still feel out of it and tired and stressed and less than enthralled right now.

Dove - posted on 12/21/2012

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Yep. Nap or rest during the day whenever you can, so you don't lose your mind.

By 3 months... 2/3 of my kids were only waking once in a 12 hour night and were sleeping 12 hour nights around a year. My youngest, however, didn't sleep through a 10-11 hour night more than a half a dozen random times until he turned 2.... and nursed 1-5 times/night up until that time!

Every kid is different, but they WILL get there in their sleep when they are developmentally ready to do so.

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