Overwhelmed, Sleep Deprived and Paralyzed

Books should  be helpful right? Others’ experiences should shed light, agreed? I’m beginning to think that’s just not true.

Right now, I have a stack of books I’d like to burn, theories colliding in my head that I’d like to demolish, and a baby upstairs who I love deeply, but who needs to sleep in longer chunks at night.

I apparently can’t learn the secrets of the baby whisperer, I am not baby wise, this home does not house the happiest baby on the block, we’re never going to have healthy sleep habits, sleeping easy is a fantasy and I’ll never ever be able to say to my child “Good night sleep tight!” because it just won’t be true.

I’m not discouraged or anything. Really, I’m not.

“Consistency is vital” “Don’t respond to night wakings with food” “Dream feed” “Don’t dream feed” “Soothe the baby” “Don’t soothe the baby” “Soothe the baby, but don’t touch the baby” “Still offer one-two night feedings” “6 months and older don’t need food at night” “Let the baby cry” “Don’t let the baby cry” “Stay in the baby’s room” “Don’t stay in the baby’s room”

Dear Lord, PLEASE, what is the answer? My goodness. Everyone and their dog has an opinion about how to get the poor baby to sleep. I’m so mixed up inside, overwhelmed, and sleep deprived that I’m literally paralyzed. I can’t make a decision, and when I do, I don’t stick to it in the middle of the night because I’m so tired, I can’t think straight.

I’d love to end this blog with some pithy answer, or snappy phrase that pulls it all together and adds a splash of humor and hope …

But I’m just. too. tired.

Off to crank up to coffee pot, and attempt to avoid thinking about the night that is inevitably coming.

Really, I’m not discouraged. Not at all.

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About kristinlindeen

I am Kristin. I am Erik's wife. I am Joshua, Rebecca, and Andrew's mom. I am known nationally as the "QBQ! Daughter" and keynote on Personal Accountability and the QBQ. I am certified in Myers Briggs and am passionate about helping people understand themselves and others better. I am John and Karen's daughter. I am sister to many, mentor to some, friend to others. Most defining, I am Christ's daughter, adopted by God--rescued and saved by grace. And almost every single day, I need to be reminded of that truth. Come say "hi" at www.QBQ.com and of course, browse the blog! I'd love to hear from you, so comment away!
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4 Responses to Overwhelmed, Sleep Deprived and Paralyzed

  1. Jen says:

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  2. Jamie says:

    oh my dear, i am so sorry.

  3. Andrea Doll says:

    Kristin, I think every mom feels that way at some point…I remember dreading 4 o'clock…it's when it would start to get darker and that meant bed time was getting closer…and I DREADED it so much!! Praying for you!!!

  4. The O's says:

    oh my dear, I am SO SORRY!!!! you already know what I would say!! 😉 it's worked with all 3 kids of mine, not easy…but the ONLY thing that works if you truly want to sleep! I'm praying for you!!! (ps – just ignore me if this comment irritated you, I know you're probably sick to death of everyone's opinions, i just soooooo feel for you!) =(

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