Sleep is a wonderful thing. I really, really love sleep. Like, a lot. I really love beds and pajamas too. You put on your comfy clothes, hop into bed, and a nap is imminent. Jackie, my college roommate and housemate for 4 years, credits me with helping her "learn to nap". Which is kind of funny because I'm pretty sure that I didn't nap as a child. College was a great time for naps, you could even schedule your classes around them. Oh, college, I miss you and don't miss you, all at the same time.
I function best on a good 10 hours of sleep, which I know is a pretty ridiculous requirement. Funny enough, I'm married to a reformed insomniac. Adam had trouble sleeping for years, from his childhood well into adulthood and even has tried a variety of sleep aids. None of them really seemed to work (or worked too well), but now I'm told that the secret to Adam getting a good night's sleep is simple... Snuggle your wife. Adam often tells me that I'm the only reason he sleeps well at night. Awww, he's cute sometimes, right? Usually when he wants something, but I digress.
Getting a lot of sleep is next to impossible with a tiny baby. That much is obvious, they wake up and want to eat at all hours of the night. We were lucky with James by 4 months or so, he was only eating once overnight. We would take turns - one of us waking up overnight, the other taking Mac out for his 4:45 AM jaunt. Yes, we get up stupidly early. Sigh. James started to sleep through the night when he was around a year old. I can't really remember specifics, but it felt like it took awhile before he didn't want to eat overnight. After awhile we realized that he was eating because we were letting him. I mean, if someone came into my room at 2 AM with a snack and maybe some milk to wash it down, I'd probably wake up and want my damn snack.
For the last 5 months or so, James has been sleeping from 7AM to 7PM. It has been amazing. I get my sleep, James isn't a grump for daycare, a complete win-win....
But then there are the rare nights, like the ones we've been having lately, where James doesn't sleep. He wakes up because his teeth hurt or he's hot or he's cold or he's leaked through a diaper and he's pissed about it. We try to snuggle him, change his diaper, try to decide if he needs some Advil, and usually he will drift back to sleep. Even though they don't happen frequently, the nights that we are up several times remind me exactly how much sleep I need.
Today I have been dragging ass. I am so tired. I severely hope that James has a good night and we all can get some sleep.