I Have Weird Dreams

Do you ever wake up in the morning and think, “Where did THAT dream come from?”

I’ve been doing that a lot lately.  I don’t know why, but my dreams have been really odd the past few weeks.

Sometimes I dream about something that someone posted on Facebook, or about someone that I haven’t seen since childhood.  Last night I dreamt that I hired a babysitter for C and he turned out to be a comedian that I’d heard on 24/7 Comedy Radio on my iHeartRadio app.  The night before that, there was a tornado but we couldn’t go to the basement because it was on fire.

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Living Room By Day, Bedroom By Night

Well, we did it!  We moved our bed into the living room so that C could have his own bedroom.  We have so much more floor space now, and we have been sleeping wonderfully.  Wonderfully!

Please excuse the piles of laundry. There's always laundry in some stage of completion at Chateau de Novotny.

I wish I had agreed to make this move sooner.  I was concerned that it would be too weird to have our bed in the living room when we had guests.  The reality?  No one ever visits us.  If I had come to terms with reality sooner, C and I could have been sleeping better for months! ;)

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11 Hours of Sleep? Divine!

I got 11 – ELEVEN!! – hours of sleep last night!  It was absolutely divine and for the first time since before I had C, I actually feel well-rested.  I have energy and feel like myself again.  In fact, Hubster would tell you that I’m playing it fast and loose with the weird life commentary, sound effects and laughter today.  (Doesn’t he remember that’s just my personality?) ;)

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Nighttime: An Open Letter to C

Dearest C,

When you were super little, I very much enjoyed sharing our one bedroom with you.  It was such a comfort to know that you were just a foot away from me.  It was so easy to come to your aid in the middle of the night when you needed one of us.  In the first couple of weeks, when my new maternal instinct was in overdrive and I had to check to make sure you were breathing, I didn’t need to go far.

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My Vacation!

I suppose that when you’re a stay-at-home mom and your child is staying with his grandparents for the week, you can consider it a vacation right?!

Well, I guess I’m on vacation!  After visiting my parents last weekend, we decided to leave C with them for the week since I was planning on coming back next weekend.  They get time to bond with C and I get some time to myself.  It’s a win-win, really.

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5:30? 5:30??!!!

Apparently C has decided that instead of the more palatable wake-up time of 7 or 8, he would prefer to wake up at 5:30am.  FIVE THIRTY IN THE MORNING.  Naturally, he insists on continuing two night feedings, the second of which is typically between 3:30 and 4:30.  Thus, he leaves me with somewhat of a “cat nap” before getting up for the day.

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The Battle of the Nap

Two sides, equally strong-willed and determined, face off in an epic battle of sleep.  A refusal to give into slumber is met with an equal dedication to enforce the rules of nap-dom.  Screaming and a theatric conflict of wills ensue.  There can only be one victor.

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Instituting an 8pm Bedtime

After we got back from vacation this week, I’ve been working on instituting an 8:00 bedtime for C.  I was a little concerned about it, because he has never been one for a schedule.  To my surprise, it has been working very well!  We dim the lights, change him into a sleeper and change his diaper.  Then he gets his bottle, we turn on his white noise and put him to bed.  He typically goes to sleep within minutes.  Outside of one or two crying sessions or waking up around 9:30/10, it’s been great.

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“The No-Cry Sleep Solution”

I just received this book, by Elizabeth Pantley, in the mail yesterday and cannot seem to read the pages fast enough.  Between my weary, sleep-deprived eyes and a 5-week-old who won’t nap for more than 15 minutes unless he’s sleeping on one of us, I’m in desperate need of a solution.

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I Have the Sleep Schedule of a Bat

It’s no secret that I have major trouble sleeping at night.  I’m either totally awake until the wee hours of the morning, or I’m exhausted but too uncomfortable to drift off to slumberland.  Anyone else have this?

Last night, I experienced the latter.  It’s difficult to get quality sleep when you’re up every 1.5-2 hours for a trip to the bathroom.  Throw some hip and back pain into the mix and it’s downright impossible.  I had finally drifted off just before 8am…then my phone rang.

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Weekly Update

35 weeks

Size of baby: Large Cantaloupe (up to 22 inches, approx, 5.5 lbs)

Newly craved food:  Veggie subs from Subway

Food aversions: Beef, fried foods

What do you miss?  Being comfortable.

What are you looking forward to?  The ability to sleep on my back, stomach, or however I wish.

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Insomnia – we are NOT Friends!

Last night had to be the worst night of insomnia since I got pregnant.  And that’s saying a lot.

Went to bed at midnight, like usual, but tossed and turned until 2am, when my stomach started growling so much that I got out of bed for a snack.  I decided to take my pillow with me and shut the bedroom door to spare poor Hubster from a bad night of sleep.  After Cheerios, cheese, chocolate and two hours of Netflix-watching, I was finally tired enough to doze off.  I woke up a ton of times because sleeping on the couch is not the most comfortable place. (Although, these days I’m not really comfortable anywhere.)  Then at 9:30am, I woke up and was unable to fall back asleep.  My hips are in agony.  I’m exhausted.  Oh, and because I didn’t get enough sleep, I get to deal with some morning-sickness-like nausea today.  Woohoo.

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Spoiled Milk

Why is it that when I want cereal the most, I end up having only spoiled milk in the fridge?

Hmm…this sounds like a parable to life, but I’m so sleep deprived that I can’t quite grasp it…

Sleep, why must you elude me?

Sometimes I feel like I could sleep for days.  But then I go to bed and stare at the clock for hours upon hours, as my little boy bounces happily around in the womb.  I realize that this is probably God’s way of preparing me for being up often for nighttime feedings and such, but I am SO tired.

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Back to Sleep

I saw this article from Planning Family today that I thought I’d share.  It’s about the SIDS prevention “Back to Sleep” campaign.  It’s a reminder that it’s important to put babies to sleep on their backs and keep all blankets and other items out of their cribs in order to prevents the occurrence of SIDS.  Since the “Back to Sleep” campaign started in the early 1990s, the incidence of SIDS has been reduced by 50 percent!  That is an awesome indicator that back sleeping is the only way to go for infants. :)

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Pregnancy Pillow Review

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this review. An Amazon affiliate link is included below.

Preggle

It’s been over a week since I received my Leachco Preggle Comfort Air-Flow Body Pillow.  I absolutely LOVE it.  While it has a rather awkward shape that the hubster and I get a laugh out of, it does a fantastic job keeping my hips aligned at night and relieving hip and lower back pain.  My old body pillow just wasn’t cutting it anymore and I was in desperate need of a thicker pillow to place between my knees to support my hip alignment.  I was in pain morning and night.

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Leg Cramps

When I read about leg cramps in my pregnancy books, I was already several weeks past the point when it said they might begin.  I thought I was in the clear.  I was painfully mistaken.

The other night, I shot up in bed, screaming in pain as I was woken from a deep sleep with an excruciating cramp in my calf muscle.  My poor hubster had no idea what was going on.  All I could do was yell out in pain and grab at my muscle – which was hardened like a rock in the spot of the cramp.  In those moments, I thought I would not be able to straighten out my leg ever again.  Then it passed…but I was afraid to go to sleep again for fear of waking up in the same agony.

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Pregnancy Pillows

In the past month or so, insomnia has been getting the best of me.  Lying in bed for up to four hours before finally drifting off is just torture.  Now I’m also starting to get aches and pains in my hips and back, which certainly don’t help the sleeping situation.  Ever since twelve weeks or so, I’ve slept with a body pillow…but that’s not even helping anymore!

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