Saturday, March 27, 2010

Ahh The Sleepless Nights!

This morning Jaden and I are hanging out a bit, Kevin is an amazing husband and gave me the night off to sleep last night, so this morning Jaden and I (ok mostly I) laid down Tyler and then Kev went off to rest for at least a hour!'

So here is our dilemma and I am open for advice just so you know!! Jaden was my text book baby; he followed and still follows things exactly how the book says he should. What book? Well a couple of books combined but mostly Baby Wise. We are a scheduled family. After we found out that we would be having TWO babies and NOT twins I knew I needed a plan. So when Jaden was born I started on routine a cycle of sleep, eat, wake! It worked like a charm, by eight weeks Jaden was sleeping through the night, taking great naps and a happy content baby. Now I knew I had an exceptionally good baby but I was confident that this would work for Ty and since Jaden was already in a great routine I was going to fit Ty into that routine!!!

Well that has worked for the most part…Ty is routine, he eats when we feed him, sleeps when we lay him down and is mostly a content and happy baby…except that Ty, was diagnosed with acid reflux, so we went on meds… then he started spitting up a ton so we put him on a different formula, then he was waking every two hours to feed so the Dr. told us to add rice to his formula, to no avail my little Ty is still NOT sleeping through the night, waking sometimes up to three times for a FULL feeding and it has left Kevin and I scratching our head in confusion.

Now this is not all about my dilemma, you know me I can make anything a spiritual lesson. One thing Kevin and I have decided was not to do cry it out, the other thing that we have done with Ty that we did not do with Jaden is sleep Ty on his belly…only for naps…but why??? Because yes my dear friends Ty has a nice little flat spot!!!!!! Oh my!!! So I am being very aggressive because I really do not want another helmet, so I rock Ty to sleep so that I can lay him on his belly…which I am fine with, on good days it only takes me ten to fifteen minutes, but there are those days where he fights sleep resulting into a hour or so to get him to sleep…time I really do not have.

The other night Ty was up, and I was rocking him back to sleep, this is usually when I get my best prayer in. As I was praying that Ty would sleep through the night it dawned on me that maybe this was Gods way of making me STOP and enjoy my baby. How many years it took to get to this point, and I already look at Jaden who is 7 ½ months old and know how quickly it is going. I don’t want to miss out on these days, and there will come a time when it will be the last time I rock Ty, one day he will be grown and rocking him will be something of the past and I will wish that I had enjoyed the sleepless nights just a little bit more. So although I still would like to see Ty make it longer than 3 hours through the night, I am not going to complain when I am rocking my baby, this is a gift and I can remember crying out to the Lord when I would hear people complain “I would take their sleepless fussy baby Lord…”

Just know, that when I hold my babies I pray for you girls who are crying out to God with desperate hearts, with a burning desire and a longing that is so deep. Know that when I hold my baby I pray that soon your arms will be filled and in the this time of waiting that God would give you the strength it takes to make it one more day, I remember and the pain never goes away.

This march is the first march in three years that I am not pregnant. It is hard to believe that for three years in a row I was pregnant, there is a level of grief that always joins spring, and even though there is joy as well because I knew about Jaden and Ty this time last year, it does not take away the ache I have for the two babies I lost that I desperately wanted, but I have said it before and I pray it encourages your heart, I had to have the two losses to have these two blessings, it was Gods way of taking something that looked dead and hopeless to bring LIFE and HOPE!


Ryan & Amber said...

Hey, Beth. What a great perspective you have! I am e-mailing you some thoughts on Ty's scheduling dilemna and STTN. Love you!

Andrea said...


Your posts are always food for my aching soul. So sorry that things are a bit overwhelming, but you are doing the absolute best you can in "this moment". It's normal to be tired and sleep deprived with a fussy baby, as I watched my Brother and SIL endure many of them with a baby who never slept. BUT here's the good doesn't stay like this forever :) Just continue to trade off and barter with hubby :) The rest will come in time.

Wish I had more advice, but it seemed that nothing helped my little nephew and my SIL tried everything known to man and every old wives tale too.

Thank you for always remembering those who are still "awaiting a miracle". And, thank you for your prayers. I'll pray that you see some zzzz's in your near future. Hang in there and keep rocking your sweet babies :) Take care of you dear one.


DeniFay said...

Beth, thank you for always remembering us in your prayers, it's such a blessing to have someone praying for you! Just know that it's greatly appreciated!

As a speech-pathologist (who takes every class possible about children and feeding) I could write you a novel about reflux and little ones. If you have any specific questions that I might be able to answer, let me know I'd be glad to! My biggest suggestion would be to sleep Ty on an incline (they have those wedge things you can sleep them on), as it helps with the reflux--I have it too, so I feel his pain!!

Love your perspective on that special time with Ty! You're such an inspiration!

Jesse and Mandy Peterson said...

Love this post! I know the sleepless nights and have tried so hard to make my focus one of gratitude for my baby, instead of wishing away the hard moments. Josiah is growing up so fast, being the same age as Jaden, and I don't want to look back and regret the missed opportunities. Thanks for reminding me of the importance of it all.

Becky said...

I wish I had some advice for you in regards to the sleeping/scheduling issues, but you do have my prayers. Thank you so much for your prayers for those of us who are waiting. You have an amazing perspective on those sleepless nights - what a great reminder for whatever season of life we are in to cherish every moment.

Remembering your precious babies with you. ((HUGS))

Stacey said...

I love your ability to look for the good things and the lessons in even the toughest situations! Praying that Ty's reflux and sleeping problems will be resolved soon, and of course that you will continue to enjoy every moment with your boys!

Thank you for being a friend who faithfully prays for others. <3