This Sunday I commented in Relief Society on murmuring. I felt very enlightened and spiritual about how we shouldn't murmur. I'm going to forget I said any of it.

My baby is a light sleeper. And there is no trick to solving it. No swing, no bouncer, no time of day, no book, nothing seems to work. I'm not sure how I feel about the whole "cry it out" thing, but I know that I think 7 weeks is too early. I've purchased a white noise maker, swaddled, shhh'd, put her in her crib while still slightly awake, I've even let her cry.

Her only sleep pattern is that there is no pattern. Some days she'll sleep for hours. The last few days she won't sleep longer than 40 minutes (and that's a long nap). She is capable of sleeping up to 5 hours at a time at night, but that's when we're lucky.

I've heard from many people "just make it to six weeks," but I'm not seeing much difference in her sleeping at this point.

Last night she was down at 9:30 and up by 12:15. Then I put her down at 12:45 and she was up at 1. I put her down at 1:30 and then, miracle of miracles, I woke up at 6:15. I was feeling pretty encouraged since she had slept 5 total hours the night before. Then Tyler told me he got up with her at 4.

These are some things you can tell me that will make me feel better:

1. This is common with most babies at this age.
2. It does get better.
3. This is natural. Babies are just hard.

If you are going to say...

1. My baby was sleeping through the night at this point.
2. I just don't know what to tell you about your problem.
3. Let me suggest you read [_________].
4. If you just [_________] all your problems will be solved.

...feel free to not comment.

Like I said, murmuring. I will probably feel silly about this post and erase it, so if you get to see it, lucky you!


  1. Deb, someday this is gonna be a fuzzy memory! I know you can get through this, and even Sariah murmured when her boys took too long to come home from getting the brass plates. Just make it day by day. You can do it! I lahvoo!

  2. This is common with most babies at this age. It does get better. This is natural. Babies are just hard.


  3. Don't worry--I was so incredibly tired when Lucy was a newborn that I was almost nonfunctioning. When I would hear her cry in the night tears would start flowing instantaneously. It was very hard for us to get her on a good sleep schedule, but by six months she was sleeping 12 hours every night. Hang in there!

  4. Don't worry. It will get better. It is natural. Each baby is different. They are hard. You and Claire will get your niche. Don't worry. Can I say it again? Don't worry. I know you guys will be fine. And when all else fails, remember that Claire loves you unconditionally and thinks you are the greatest thing in the world!

  5. All babies do that, no need to worry!

    AND i must say that I love your post, do not delete it!!

  6. You know your baby best. Thats all I can say. I hate when people refer some book when it comes to teaching your child how to sleep. You know how people always say, "try to sleep when your baby sleeps" ? Well now you know why. Its hard cause you always try to get things done while they are sleeping but you must force yourself to sleep as much as you can until they get on a better and more constant schedule.
    Of course, I have the most perfect baby that started sleeping 10 hours a night at 6 weeks and now sleeps 12 hours but thats just me! :)
    Hang in there. It will get better.

  7. deb - i've said it before and i've said it again... some babies are just grumpy. it will totally get better and you can do it! good thing yours is super cute or perhaps you'd like to send her back...

  8. You know what's worse than feeling this way? Having people rub it in that they didn't have an experience as hard as yours. Well, people that rub it in are big LIARS!! It's hard for everyone Deb, whether they admit it or not.

  9. Nicalee is right. It is hard no matter what baby you have. I was ready to go insane and have them put me in a padded room and I BEGGED my dr. for sanity drugs, which she would not give me and told me to go get some part time help with the house and baby. (grrr)

    But you can do it and your baby is gorgeous!

  10. didnt help that my child had to be hospitalized 2 days after birth and nearly died. So sleeping is not the only hard thing to get through in infancy and in life.
    Just keep your chin up. Youll get through it.

  11. Deb, when you find a solution let me know! We are still having sleep issues and Izzy is almost 3! One thing that I would HIGHLY recommend is to sling your sweet little gorgeous baby! I know of a couple of girls that know how to make them! HINT HINT!!!
    Anyway, with slings it simulated movement of the womb and it might help. Let me know and I can whip one up for you.
    Cheryl's 10hr sleeper must come from an alien. Seriously no fair.


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