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Ah, sleep, my long lost friend…where have you gone? But more importantly when will you return?  As I write this I’m looking enviously at my son as he naps in his crib.  Why can’t I do that I wonder.  Thankfully, Julian’s sleep pattern hasn’t been too bad, but I can’t help but be jealous of those parents whose children sleep through the night almost from day one.  From the beginning, Julian was generally up only twice through the night for feedings, and then he progressed to only getting up once through the night.  The odd time, when he was sick, or something else was bothering him, he was up more than the one or two times.  Lately, however, he’s taken to waking up more frequently, or not wanting to go back down in the middle of the night at all.  I think I’m going to go mad!  To make matters worse, I can’t go back to sleep when he finally goes back down, so I end up tossing and turning for an hour or two.  Then once I’m finally back asleep, something else happens that wakes me up all over again.  

Take last night for example.  We finally put  Julian to sleep in his crib.  Here’s an overview of the night… 

Julian: went down at 10, awoke at 12, awoke at 2, awoke at 3:15 for a feeding and went back down (praise God!), woke again at 7, and then again at 7:30 (thanks to my darling pooch)

Mom: went down at about 11 (couldn’t fall asleep any earlier than that), awoke at 2, awoke at 3:15, fell back asleep finally at about 5:30, awoke again at 6 (thanks to hubby getting ready for work), and again at 7, and again at 7:30 (thanks to my oh so darling pooch).

I don’t know who I’m more upset with. It’s not Julian, because I did read this section in the manual.  But I do know that I’m mad at Max (for barking at the man working across the street, and trotting back and forth and back and forth across the main floor), and I’m mad at the hubby (for not having his work stuff reading and for having to go back and forth from the closet to the washroom, and back and forth to the closet and to the washroom again).  but I’m also angry with myself.  Why can’t I fall back asleep in the wee hours of the morning?  Do I need to take up drinking? Or sleeping pills?  Should I invest in a pair of sound proof headphones?  Should I sleep in the other room? 

What’s the remedy?  Is there even a remedy?  Or should I just write off sleep as an old friend I was once so very fond of?

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