Hang My Head In Shame

!@(Img_0009small.jpg popimg: “Sierra In Bed”)Sierra had been sleeping right through the night I’d say about 65% of the time through the month of December. Then the cold from hell rocked our universe and she began to get up numerous times in a night – then she fell into a rhythem of getting up twice a night: 11:30 and 5:30. I slept through one of her 11:30 wake ups and it became just a 5:30 am wake up. My MIL has been telling me that it was a habit that Sierra had gotten into that I had to break her of TRANSLATION – put a pillow over my head and let her cry herself back to sleep… 😯 Not an option for me. You see, I’m one of those people that looks to treat the causes, not the symptoms. If the kid was waking up, it’s because she needed something – I thought maybe she really was needing an extra night feed.

!@(heater.jpg popimg: “Electric Heater”)As Cosmo Boy and I went to bed last night we noticed that the house was really cold. It’s been really cold here this week – yesterday the high was -10 C (14 F for you non-metric folk) – yes, that was the HIGH! For some reason our 2nd floor is always freaking freezing, while our mainfloor is warm and our basement feels like you’ve walked into the gates of hell due to it’s warmth. We’ve duct taped the vents in the basement – and even covered some on our mainfloor hoping that would help – but we still face this problem. Anyways, I went to bed wearing my warmest comfiest running sucks, pants and a sweater, and even Cosmo Boy was wearing a sweater. Then the light bulb went on ❗ Sierra’s been waking up ’cause she’s cold! Even though she wears a fuzzy, cuddly velour sleeper and a long-sleeved onsie to bed and has a nice warm blanket that Oma knit her – she’s cold. Last night she woke up at 10:30, 10 min after we’d gone to bed. I reluctantly relinquished my cozy warm spot to Cosmo Dawg (she said she was just going to keep it warm for me…) and padded down the hall to Sierra’s room. On the way there I saw our electric heater that we use to make Sierra’s bathroom toasty warm while she has a bath (spoiled kid). I grabbed it and set it up in Sierra’s room ASAP. I then rubbed her back and 10 min later she was fast asleep.

Fast forward to 5:30 am. I woke up and… SILENCE – I heard nothing. Which freaked me right out. Although Sierra has slept on her tummy since she was 7 weeks old, I’m still scared shitless of SIDS. I got up (Cosmo Dawg stole my spot again – I told her not to get comfy) and I padded down to Sierra’s room. I slowly opened the door and went over to her crib. I put my hand under her blanket onto her back and was relieved to feel the rhythmic breathing of my darling daughter. I padded back to bed, kicked Cosmo Dawg to the center of the bed and promptly fell asleep dreaming of tender roast beef, roast potatoes and asparagus… Can you say hungry? I woke up at 7:15 and rushed to Sierra’s room – I felt her rhythmic breathing, and just to reassure me, she let out one of those cute baby sighs. I closed her door and came downstairs to enjoy my morning cuppa tea with my version of the newspaper – blogs.

I feel so guilty – Sierra has been grumpy and sleep deprived this week not because she’s been teething – but because she’s been cold! LOL – this poor kid, it’ll be a wonder if she makes it to toddlerhood with me as a mom. Anyways – I just heard the tell tale sound of her lambie (stuffed toy with a rattle in it) so she’s up now – and man – I can’t wait to feed her, I’m rock hard!

9 thoughts on “Hang My Head In Shame

  1. the exact same thing happened to us! We nearly froze our poor little guy! good thing you didn’t let her cry it out (I never ever could ever ever do that either)One more thing though….Sierra has her OWN bathroom? What’s up with that!

  2. We’re having the same exact problem. Brayden is waking up like 4 times a night. Stee suggested putting a space heater in there, but I’m so afraid!! It’d be really nice to sleep though!!

    I’m happy you found the cause and have solvecd it. I may just have to do the same!

  3. I find that odd, in my experiences, houses usually have colder basements and more warmth in higher levels.
    I think SIDS scares most parents. A study came out a while ago saying that when kids sleep with a pacifier, it reduces the chances of SIDS by like 90%.
    Although Sierra may be too old for that now, I’m not sure.

  4. Aww, well at least you’ve figured it out now. Rose has been sleeping horribly the past couple of nights. Two nights ago I was up in her room 5 times. She always sleeps till 7.30am, but she was screaming at 5.10am. Last night she was up before we went to bed, as I was getting ready for bed, then twice in the night. I actually fell asleep twice in the rocker whilst nursing her, so I didn’t get too sleep deprived. 😕

    I was wondering if Rose was too hot. We have the house at 72F in the evening. It’s not even that warm though. Upstairs seems warmer though. Later in the night I sometimes add a blanket on her bed. Maybe it’s a temperature problem with Rose too.

  5. HEY MARIE … READ THIS SLOWLY …. YOU ARE A GREAT MOM!!! ALL ANY OF US CAN DO AS A PARENT IS THE BEST WE KNOW HOW, AND I AM STILL LEARNING WITH MY 2 BOYS. I WORRIED ABOUT SIDS TOO WHEN MINE WERE BOTH YOUNG, I WAS UP GOD ONLY KNOWS HOW MANY TIMES EACH NIGHT JUST TO MAKE SURE THEY WERE STILL BREATHING UNTIL THEY WERE ABOUT A YEAR OLD. YEAH I NEVER GOT MUCH SLEEP, BUT IT WAS ALL WELL WORTH IT.

  6. There’s probably some kind of hum to the heater that soothes her to sleep. I know that when my daughter was little and had a bad cold we put a vaporizer in her room which also had a rhythmic quality to it and she was sleeping soundly for days, right through all the coughing.

    Then we were scared to take it out of her room cuz we were all enjoying these great deep sleeps 😕

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