This Beautiful Inheritance: Sleep, Where Are You?

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Sleep, Where Are You?

I can say with almost certainty that last night was Eden's worst ever... (at least since her first week of birth.) Probably what made it so bad was just knowing I had to get up for work. Otherwise, I could have tolerated her continual waking up a little better. She is 3 1/2 months old. I thought (silly me) that she would be sleeping by now- at least some. Five straight hours of sleep isn't too much to ask, is it? But last night, she would have none of it.

She sleeps in her own room, but I have a monitor right by my bed, and not only can I hear her, but it lights up when she starts making noise. As much as I love my little girl, I have to admit, I get the worst sinking feeling when I see those little red lights (I usually see the lights before I hear her). And Tyler, bless his heart, just can't get the girl back to sleep. I asked him twice last night to get up with her, but within a few minutes she was screaming, and I had to get up anyway. (Sometimes having a "Mama's touch" is bittersweet. Why can't dads have that touch-- at least during the night!)

Anyway, I decided mid-way through the night that there was no way I would be at work at 8 a.m. After the 5 a.m. bouncing session (she has to be bounced back to sleep), I turned off my alarm and decided I would sleep until she woke me up again. I woke up at 7:45 and texted my co-worker to let her know I'd be in late, and thankfully, it wasn't a problem.

I have had several people tell me about the "Baby Wise" book. They sing its praises and tell how it worked wonders for their little ones. To be honest, I've been a little skeptical. It seems too stringent for my do-as-she-pleases baby, and I'm having a hard time believing it could actually make her sleep through the night.

I haven't read the book, but from what I understand, according to the Baby Wise system, you make your baby abide by this schedule- eat, play, sleep, eat, play, sleep. And if they try to do one out of order, you just don't let them. period. (After a few days of doing this, they are supposed to sleep through the night)

But after last night, I decided to look up the book online. I am about ready to try anything. But much to my surprise, NO ONE on Amazon was singing the Baby Wise praises. All the reviews bashed the book like crazy and said it was unnatural and un-Christian and just bad for babies.

So now, it looks like I'm back to square one.


  1. Emberlynn turned 1 a week ago and she still doesn't sleep through the night. :) Gracie didn't sleep through the night until she was 2 or almost 2. They both have a bed time of 8:00 but if Emberlynn is sleepy at 7 or 7:30 I put her to bed then. I do try to feed Emberlynn at the same time everyday but I would never keep her awake if she is tired b/c that just tortures the both of us.
    Emberlynn still has nights that she wants to cry or fuss all night, especially if she is teething or doesn't feel well. Also her pediatrcian said that sometimes babies and kids get "growing pains" and that can make them fussy too.
    I hear of people with babies that sleep through the night but mine isn't one either.

  2. awww...kelcie, it sounds like you had an awful night. I hope it gets better for you. If it makes you feel any better, Emma did not sleep at all for the first 5 months of her life, so I know how you feel. Thankfully, Newton helped me out, tons. We had to take shifts...I would go to bed at Midnight and he would come wake me up at 3 am to get back up and then he would go back to bed b/c he had to go to work. We had to take shifts because she would not even take little cat naps or anything, she was just wide awake all the time, she didn't even sleep through the day!!!! But, thankfully we finally figured out that it was her heart medicine and she finally got used to it after 5 months and now she sleeps like 10-12 hours a night...Thank the Lord!!! :) Anyway, I will be praying for you and I hope that she gets better so mommy can get some rest too. Love ya girl :) Kandace

  3. kelcie! i don't read any kind of blogs but i am now open to reading yours! i can't imagine how sleep deprived you must be!! im kinda scared to be a mom!! Nothing drives me more nuts than to be sleep deprived. ! i feel like a complete zombie. newho I know your being a wonderful mom to edena and she knows who you are! kids always know who their mommys are!

  4. haha! girl! You can't pay attention to those reviews. If you actually take a peek at the babywise book, you'll see that they are all about flexibility when it comes to the schedule. There is no abandonment involved.

    I'm telling you from experience - IT WORKS! I have two of the best sleeping, most content babies I've ever known. Everyone around me sings it's praises.

    Check out for more info about what people are saying. I really believe these sorry reviews are just another way a christian is being persecuted.

    If you have questions let me know!


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