Friday, March 9, 2007


Who are you people that believe sleeping through the night means this:

Little Tommy has been sleeping through the night since he was two months old. He only gets up twice to eat.

I don't know about you all, but honestly...THAT IS NOT SLEEPING THROUGH THE NIGHT!

When we first had the boy, everyone would tell us, oh, they can sleep through the night at 3 months. We were thrilled to hear this. Our man is an average sleeper, some nights good, some nights bad, some nights worse - hahahaha. So, we hung on waiting for the magic day. It never came. Our pediatrician informed us, well, the can do it, but, they will need to eat in the middle of the night. They can sleep better at 6 months. That came and gone with no consistent sleeping through, then, finally, three nights in a row slept from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m. without waking or needing to eat. MIRACLE...WE MADE IT! Um, no, the next three nights were up every 2 hours.

My personal theory about all of these myths is that "they" lie to you to keep you from jumping off the roof. You become convinced that you are so close to the magic that you can hang on just a few more weeks, until alas, MORE LIES!

So, the lesson here is:

1. Ask for definitions - ex: what is YOUR definition of sleeping through the night?
2. Nothing about babies is consistent. Whenever you receive a break it just means you needed a break.
3. Don't believe everything you hear from other parents. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

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