Saturday, May 03, 2008

Colic Survivors Unite!

Have you been to Jennifer's blog this week?

Did you happen to notice who was Site of the Week?

Go check it out, I'll wait.


Cool huh?

I smiled when I noticed the "colic survivors unite!" tag. So true. But then I started to wonder. Have we really survived the colic?

Elizabeth still cries. A lot. In fact, she's sitting at my ankles right this very second screaming her bitty head off for no apparent reason. Maybe it's because the operator won't complete her call as dialed or because all our Webkinz have died because the site won't log us on or maybe she's still wondering what the deal is with Facebook, but either way, she's mad and she's screaming.

Twelve months later and I am still getting three hours of sleep a night. Sure, I enjoy spending time with my old buddy Alton, but I am sure he'd be just as cute funny during the daylight hours. At midnight, three, and six Elizabeth sits right up in the bed and shrieks pitiously while signing "more milk" over and over. Yes, it was cute the first time, but now I think she's just being mean. The sleeps-through-the-night spot in the baby book is just screaming (Haha, I am so punny funny) to be penciled in every time I open it, which I admit, isn't that often, but still.

I've tried the cry-it-out in the crib method but, no, she never cried it out. Not even a break in the caterwauling. Do it for a few days Dr. Ferber says, but that was just enough time to convince her that her room is a haven for all that is evil, a place right out of a Stephen King novel, so now she screams when we enter her room for any reason, so that's all fun. Who needs a diaper change anyway?

My husband has tried to keep her at night, but when I heard her muffled screams from the garage while the husband was snoozing on the couch, I didn't think that was such a good idea. Oh, she wan't alone. The dog was with her. Cowering. Funny, but he suddenly likes to be outside and alone all day and night. Hmm, wonder why?

She won't take a bottle. She won't take a sippy cup. When the sun goes down she must be pinned to my side. Or my arms. Or my boobs. I rock and jiggle and feed the hefty toddler who takes up two-thirds of my bed. I know one day, and one day very soon, I will miss this, but right now, I'm just tired. So. very. tired.

I know I've said it before, but it still rings true today: If you are getting eight, shoot, six hours of sleep, just now I hate you. Well, not really, but I am very, very jealous.

Colic survivors unite! Sort of.

I am the Princess and I rule this house. They will have to learn this eventually.


JaniceNW said...

It's ok that you hate me. I got about 20 hours of sleep last night and today(sinus infection). I did my duty with 3 kids. BPB wasn't too bad maybe once a night at 12months. BBB was whenever Mommy closed her eyes. Brennie was often because he was neurologically challenged and that made nursing more difficult. (we just did not know why until we learned the hard way). You have my empathy. I don't think I remember how to just fall asleep and sleep for 10 hours. Now I need meds to help me sleep due to anti-depressants/anxiety/my brain has forgotten how to shut down.

I'll pray you get more than 6 hours sleep a night this week. It'll be my prayers project!!!!!


Mommy Daisy said...

Wow, I suddenly feel VERY lucky that I get a good solid 8+ hours of sleep each and every night...since my son was 4 months old. I know I have a good sleeper. I worry that future children will be payback for that.

I think your little Elizabeth just knows she's the youngest and the princess, and she will make the most of it. Here's hoping you get more sleep soon.

And congrats for being on Jennifer's site this week! Isn't she awesome! You are too, of course.

Jennifer, Playgroups Are No Place For Children said...


Don't you love those parenting/sleep books..they are SO HELPFUL. Not.

SydneyDawn said...

I certainly feel your pain. Noah was up every two hours on the dot last night demanding to be fed. I think I might have gotten an hour of sleep in between each feeding. They say it gets better as the kids get older. Who are "they" anyway, and where can I find them...cuz I totally want to kick their asses right now. Right after my nap. *yawn*

Lynsey said...

and I'm sure she doesn't get spoiled a bit...being the prettiest princess in all of Texas...

Aunt Becky said...

Colic is the pits. Seriously, I'll stand behind you for this!

And I'm sorry that things aren't getting much easier for you.