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Old Dec 28th, 2012, 23:38 PM   41
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Originally Posted by Scooby12345 View Post
how exciting for you!
it is tough at first but try and sleep whenever baby does! with breastfeeding i find it so much easier once i start feeding lying down as i hardly have to wake up.
Ditto! We also co-slept (had the baby beside the bed). You learn to cope and sleep when baby sleeps. Each baby is very different and they all sleep differently. My LO slept in 4 hour stretches during growth spurts but quickly went right to 6 hour. I count my blessings because I know not everyone is that lucky.

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Old Dec 29th, 2012, 00:04 AM   42
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my LO is still not sleeping thru at nearly 7 months. i have not had a full night sleep since May 31 lol.

it's easy to say you just get on with it but there are other factors i.e. i had mostly inactive panic disorder and panic attacks, but after 3 months of sleep deprivation they started coming back and i've also had an IBS flare up. related to lack of sleep

Old Dec 29th, 2012, 00:45 AM   43
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Before LO I used to sleep 2-3 hours a night by choice. Sometimes I'd just sleep a few hours after being up for 2 days and still, I find it hard to cope when LO won't sleep. I think BFing makes me need sleep, I feel like a zombie after 4 hours in a row these days. I don't know what happened to me

Like everyone else said, you just cope because you don't have a choice. If you get a crap sleeper, it will be over soon, if you get a good one, you'll be totally fine. I think having really low expectations helped me a lot. I expected to never get a shower again and to have this screamy baby 24/7. I was pleasantly suprised by my LO! Don't be nervous though, you will be fine no matter how little your LO sleeps. We're all getting through it. Good luck with the birth, I hope it all goes smoothly and you get a sleepy one!

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Old Dec 29th, 2012, 03:40 AM   44
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DS2 has slept through once in 9.5 months. We each get on average 5 hours each per night and he wakes up 5-10 times screaming every night without fail (tonight for example he's woken 6 times in the space of 4 hours).

You do get used to it I suppose. We are now getting pretty burned out nearly 10 months on.

There is a reason that sleep deprivation is a torture technique.

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Old Dec 29th, 2012, 05:37 AM   45
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For me, it was/is the hardest part of having a baby. You do adjust though. I didn't necessarily get used to being exhausted, but I learned to function on much less sleep. I used to "need" 8 or 9 hours. Now if I can get 5 or 6 hours of straight sleep I'm golden. It's not ideal, but you also have to remind yourself that it is temporary when you're having a tough day.

Sleeping when baby sleeps during the day if you can is key. I know everyone says it, but I took at least one, mostly two, naps when she was a newborn.

Old Dec 29th, 2012, 06:41 AM   46
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We must be biologically programmed to cope, because at some point you just start doing what needs to be done. The first two weeks were the worst.LO did not want to be put down at night. After the first two weeks, it didn't seem so bad. I was still coping on 1-2 hours a night, and would try to get a longish nap in during the day when he napped, but it's like my body adjusted to the new (non)schedule.

LO still feeds every 3 hours or so (recently been much worse!), but I got used to falling asleep immediately after feeds so I'm not tired when I wake up in the mornings. This is coming from someone who used to feel like a zombie with anything less than 8 hours sleep a night.

I might sound really annoying saying this, but please try to enjoy the cuddles the first few weeks even with the lack of sleep. It goes by in a flash and one day you'll find that LO is a few months old already.

Good luck with everything! Hope to see you regularly in baby club soon.

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Old Dec 29th, 2012, 08:19 AM   47
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I haven't had more than two consecutive hours of sleep since the night Maddox was born. I won't lie--it's HARD. The every two hour schedule isn't so terrible, but during the four and then six month sleep regressions he was waking up every forty-five minutes. Now he's teething and has a cold, so we're down to waking every half hour. All night long. And he isn't napping more than half an hour at a time during the day.

And I'm breastfeeding, so I can't even have .

Thank God he's a very cuddly and affectionate baby. The hugs and kisses he gives me cover a multitude of sins.

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Old Dec 29th, 2012, 08:33 AM   48
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for me it was one of the worst parts about having a baby, there is a reason they use sleep deprivation as a method of torture, but you do kind of get used to it. My LO slept awfully for pretty much 8 months, and when she started seeping through i struggled having more sleep!! I thought i would be prepared having less sleep during the last 6 weeks of pregnancy but it is nothing like. We co-slept which at least meant i didnt have to physically get out of bed in the cold to sit up trying to keep myself awake, I was so determined not to co-sleep but i was happy with our decision when it meant more sleep lol xxx

Hope you arnt waititng too long for your Lo xxx

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Old Dec 29th, 2012, 08:50 AM   49
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I'm not going to lie, it's awefull, but you do sort of get used to it, well, your body does. I did not do well, I was extremly irritable and weepy and even had a few mini breakdowns lol but I survived and now lo has been STTN for about 2 weeks. Granted, she sleeps in a swing still, but you do what you have to do. I had DH take one full night every weekend that way I at least got a full night's sleep once a week, that helped and on rough nights it gave me something to sort of look forward to lol. It is hard and can be really hard, but it doesn't last forever.

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Old Dec 29th, 2012, 08:54 AM   50
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Ahh, congratulations! U have the most amazing time ever on its way! At the time I found it tiring but you just deal with's not forever and you soon get into your own routine. Plus some people that will never have the sleepless nites due to not being able to have babies would kill for them......that's what kept me going xxxxxxx

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