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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

When Teething and Insomnia Collide

* Update below!
**Second update!

For as long as I can remember, I have been plagued by off and on insomnia. There are many triggers: when I’m excited about something, worried, an evening social outing, an evening class, blogs that get me riled up, a glass of port before bed. Sometimes it happens for no reason at all. Lately it always seems to happen when Cakes has a bad night.

Take last night. I tossed and turned for hours and had just dozed off when I heard a cry.

“Fuck,” I mutter, stomping down to her room (I am much more pleasant than this by the time I get to her).

I give her a cuddle and a Hylands (no, Hylands didn’t pay me to say that) and she goes back to bed.

I go back to bed and toss and turn for two more hours. I’m awakened from a raunchy dream involving Michael Scofield and Samantha Jones by more crying.

“Ohforfuckssakes,” I curse. Stomp, stomp, stomp.

This happened three times. Then it was morning.

Today I was looking forward to Cakes' nap—I’d planned to ditch my homework and delve into Alice Munro’s new book.

Instead, I will be having a nap.



*It is now 2 pm. I have not napped, nor have I read any Alice Munro. Cakes has decided that in addition to not sleeping through the night, she is having a half-hour nap instead of the usual 2 hours. All I accomplished was making Kraft Dinner, reading a few blogs and fucking around (unsuccessfully) with my template.

Does anyone know how I can make my title appear a little higher?

**7:30 pm. Cakes and I remained napless for the rest of the day. Thankfully, our neighbour and her baby came over for a tea at around 4, a much-needed diversion--we were getting mighty sick of each other by then. The exhausted little monkey finally went to sleep by 7 pm. By 7:15 her mother was enjoying a big bowl of pasta and an even bigger glass of wine. Now, off to Alice Munro.

***The Kraft dinner was for me, not Cakes (in case BP's reading).



Blogger penelopeto said...

oh god, we had a similar night. bee was up from 1 am to 4:30 am, which is really fun when i get up at 6:15.
and, we were out of hylands (i don't need to be paid to extol the virtues of the little white tablets).

hopefully work is not expecting anything too creative out of me today.

8:46 AM  
Blogger s@bd said...

stop the press!

what's a Hylands? Googling AS WE SPEAK.

10:10 AM  
Blogger metro mama said...

Hylands are the best!

You can get them at health food places. Google away for more info!

10:42 AM  
Blogger jen said...

it's the unpredictability of it all that gets me - you need a good nights sleep and it's elusive...plans laid to waste because of the little ruler's needs, which is ok, but yes, ohforfucksakes already!

10:46 AM  
Blogger bubandpie said...

Hehe. The paranoia is rampant, isn't it? How to launder all those illicit dollars!

I didn't know Hylands were available in Canada, though - I always thought they were a U.S. thing.

11:37 AM  
Blogger crazymumma said...

And so the teething hell begins....sorry about your lousy night. I used Hylands as well, now I just tank them up on Good Ole Motrin.....guaranteed relief.

12:36 PM  
Blogger kittenpie said...

I hate those times, too. And yes, I also engage in a little gratuitous swearing and stomping to work it off befoer I get to her. We may love them, but not love every minute of being a mom.

And what are Hylands?

2:18 PM  
Blogger metro mama said...

Hylands are homeopathic teething tablets. They are the best!

3:04 PM  
Blogger Lisa b said...

Insomnia and teething are at odds here in my house. It is contagious or do they just know when we are weakened by lack of sleep? Did cakes go back down for a longer nap? Mine woke up after 30 min as well but now is crashed on my bed. She never does that. Is there a full moon tonight?

5:30 PM  
Blogger sunshine scribe said...

We could not have survived teething without hylands.

Hope you get some much deserved rest tonight.

7:25 PM  
Blogger Gabriella said...

Our babies must be communicating telepathically. Samantha slept the entire night in our bed, and today instead of her two hour nap she had a 40min one and then she lay on me and napped for another hour. Grrrr teething! It's 7:30pm and she's still going!!!!!

7:45 PM  
Blogger crazymumma said...

Damn...I hope it means a good night for you.

9:15 PM  
Anonymous Jenny said...

Uck. I wish I couldn't relate...but i can.

Sending you sleepy baby thoughts.

10:20 PM  
Anonymous Neila said...

Christ, we should all schedule a teleconfernece since we're up in the middle of the night. My daughter is cutting molars!!!! Teething is the worst thing parents have to endure followed closely by potty-training!

10:23 PM  
Blogger Mary-LUE said...

Yes... those teething tablets are lovely. Just make sure your kiddo doesn't down a bunch when you aren't looking. She'd probably be fine but you won't remember how full the bottle was and you'll be on the phone with Poison Control saying 'I don't know' to most of their questions feeling like an idiot.

(Not that it ever happened to me.)

1:21 AM  
Blogger petite gourmand said...

I have been finding my self with a mouth full of lulu's mac & cheese far too frequently lately...
it actually gets to the point where she starts looking at me like "mamee...can you please leave a little for me??"

9:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I need some Hylands. They should be paying you.

I often suffer from insomnia and when I do finally get to sleep that's when Buttercup decides that it is time to be awake. So then I drink way too much coffee and the cycle continues. Cry me a river.

11:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Older kids but sometimes I still get woken up (bedwetting). It sucks.

8:40 AM  

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