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I blame it on Autism.

Posted: June 21st, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: Autism | Tags: Autism, bad dreams, melatonin, night terrors, Sleep, Sleeping through the night, STTN, Urban Cabin, Weaning | 5 Comments »

And maybe weaning.

We’ve had a few rough nights of sleep over here at the Urban Cabin*.  It started at the end of last week and had a nice downward spiral on Saturday night and then the last two nights have just been super awesome as well.

How awesome you ask?

Like, getting up every hour with at least one of the boys for a diaper change/ nursing session/ hysterical melt-down of astronomic proportions.  It’s been fun.  And we found that we can fit 4 of us snugly in our bed.  Which actually makes me feel a little bit bad, because then there is always one that isn’t in our bed.  Like, you get left out for being the *good* sleeper.  What kind of prize is that?  Right now the name of the game is doing everything we can to make sure we don’t have all three up at once.  Judah has been a trooper, usually waking up after the other boys go to sleep.   He still wakes up though 🙁

Tonight  we’re going to give melatonin a try.  We’ve had it on our radar for awhile now and got the A-OK from our pediatrician but we haven’t actually gotten around to trying it yet.  I’m hoping it 1) shortens the wind-down time for the boys so they can actually go to sleep when they go to bed instead of jumping for 2-3 hours and 2) puts a stop to the sudden screaming wake-ups in the middle of the night.

Obviously this doesn’t help Judah, who has for better or worse decided he doesn’t need to nurse during the day so my supply is taking a huge hit.  We were doing OK just nursing at night but I think we are nearing the end here.  We are just over a month shy of our 1 year breastfeeding goal and I have a feeling we’ll just limp over the finish line.  I’m not sure if I’m happy or sad.  In some ways I guess it’s good that he’s kind of gotten to this point on his own.  On the other hand it feels kind of bittersweet.  I’m sure there is a post in there for the Breastfeeding Blog Hop somewhere.

If you’ve got any prayers or happy thoughts or special dream filled faerie goodness to throw my way, PLEASE DO.  I’m willing to take all the help I can get!

*That’s what I’m calling our new place because although it looks nothing like a cabin it *feels* like being at the cabin to me.  Maybe because of the clover-filled yard, I don’t know.  I now pronounce thee…Urban Cabin!




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5 Comments on “I blame it on Autism.”

  1. 1 Emily said at 4:29 pm on June 21st, 2011:

    I hope this streak ends soon! Hopefully the melatonin will do the trick 🙂

  2. 2 Jessica said at 7:55 pm on June 21st, 2011:

    I hope you are starting to get longer nights of sleep, we had to do melatonin too for years with my oldest and then eventually those teen years kicked in and all she wants to do is sleep!

  3. 3 Jenna E. said at 11:06 pm on June 21st, 2011:

    I hope tonight is better! And BTW I'll be showing up sometime after 6:00am tomorrow morning. My phone is dead and my charger is at dad's so don't bother calling my cell phone until Friday. I'm riding in with mom and then I think the plan is for the three of us to go see Bridesmaids! I hope you didn't forget. I'm excited to see it.

  4. 4 Jennifer said at 1:56 am on June 22nd, 2011:

    Well, I blame our sleepless nights on Levi's Hydrocephalus and Rian's craziness…Hope you get more rest soon.

  5. 5 Loree said at 6:09 am on June 30th, 2011:

    No more s***. All posts of this quailty from now on

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