Project 52 | THIRTY FOUR

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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.


Baby steps…

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.


& Project 52 is off to a very collaborative start! If you’d like to join in–it’s not too late. Here’s everything you need to know about

my 2012 Project 52.

& those of you who are linking up (please let me know if you need to be edited/added!):

Adventures in MommyhoodAnd NowAubrey My LoveBlossoms & VintageBugs & Boo-Boos Candice CravesCandidly Colette Caynay PhotographyChristina’s Project 52 Chronicles of KTClaire Jane The Crain’s Nest Dana Moran Photography The Daulton Dabbler Englexas Everything Eatherton Fairy Wings & Dinosaurs Finding Joy Firecracker MamaFreckled PinkFrom Stanwood to Seoul Gin & Juice Boxes Heather Marie PortraitsIci & LaIt’s a Graham LifeIt’s a Strange & Lovely RideKate L Photography Keeping up with the Carters Kim Percival PhotographyLiving for Love Lizzi Photography Mahina & Lucas Mama Bethany McLain Padilla Photography Mist Moments Memories by Mere Moments & Impressions The Mommyhood Memos Moo with Me Moxie Made My Tots TravelNavigating the MothershipNicole Dina PhotographyOh the Places We’ll GoOur Baby Behr Our Splendid Little Life Phreckle Face Photography Quiet FootstepsRachel Gray PhotographyThe Robersons Shades of Bliss Shutter Mama BlogSide of the TableSimply Us Snaps of Our LifeSquamish Baby The Todd’sTruly Dedicated Mommy We Aren’t Scared of SugarWe’re Better Together Wicked KateWokabout Z as in Zebra

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