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Today I took this guy in for his six month checkup and expressed my concerns about his sleep situation to my doctor. She’s kind of a hippy. Definitely not into medicating. Passionate about nutrition. & she even feng shui-ed me to death about his crib placement. ha. But…I have some clarity.
Reflux? Could it be reflux? She strongly urged me not to medicate. Said the risks do not outweigh the benefits for him. He’s growing, eating, generally pleasant. Not routinely spitting up. She was pretty against meds. (and so am I, for that matter–I’ve never felt it was really his problem)
Crib near the window? Yup. She said move it. He might be hearing anything & everything outside that would be waking him up.
But what really caught me off guard was when she asked about my sleeping habits. It’s no secret that I don’t need a lot of sleep. Before E was born I was up until 2-3am nightly, then up at 8ish for the day. I cannot nap. Even in the state of sleep deprivation that I am in, I can’t easily nap. I’m just too wound up to ever relax in the middle of the day. And my other half? He’s a surgery resident–he gets even less sleep than I do, regularly. & we get by just fine. She told me that despite the literature about kids and sleep…maybe he’s just wired this way genetically.
Well that’s not the answer I thought I’d get.
& then she recommended we CIO. I haven’t been able to stomach it yet. I’m not sure what I will do next. But the one thing we did achieve this week–is dropping the swaddle. He seems pretty darn unaffected by it. & by unaffected, I mean he’s not sleeping any less than before.
Maybe he’ll be like this forever…and maybe he won’t. I just have to adjust my life & working hours around it. Mama the night owl might just have to figure out how to be an early bird.
Good thing I have an espresso machine. ;)
And on an equally positive note…the early morning is just about the only time of day to comfortably be outside right now. So outdoor morning walks after preschool drop off just might be a new “thing” of ours.
…watch, he’ll sleep right through them.
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