“You Don’t Know What You’ve Got ‘Til It’s Gone…”

This blog is also titled, “I don’t remember not feeling tired”, OR, “The Life of a Parent”, OR, “You think YOUR kid doesn’t sleep well?!”, OR, “Sleep? What’s that?”, OR, “Why didn’t I sleep more when I could?”, OR….ok….you get the point.

Monkey has never been a good sleeper. If you know me or have read through previous blogs, you know this already. He is good at so many things and at the ripe age of 8 1/2 months even has 8 teeth already! But sleeping is NOT his strength. Last night I lost count of how many times he woke up between 7pm and 6am (his “sleeping” hours), but it was at least (at LEAST) 8 times (yes, EIGHT! Do you notice my capital letters? EIGHT!!!!) Now let’s not get carried away. Two of these times were before Hubby and I went to bed. So that just leaves a measly ole’ six times we got out of bed last night. At least. Like I said, I lost count.

Having tried so many ways to help Monkey sleep better, a new friend recommended I try taking him to a chiropractor. I was a bit taken aback at the suggestion because I’d never heard of taking a baby to a chiropractor before. But she knows someone whose baby was a bad sleeper and after seeing the chiropractor – Voila! 13 hours a night with no wakings (What? Is this possible?). So I thought I’d get some information and see what it was all about.

The local chiropractic clinic told me all about how they do adjustments on babies. It isn’t what you probably think – there is no bone crunching or jolting of limbs or anything even like that. He uses a small tool and just applies pressure to certain points of his back. It takes about 2 minutes all said and done and at worse Monkey squirms a little but it certainly doesn’t cause any pain. The chiropractor thinks this is going to really help with Monkey’s sleep because apparently his spine was really out of whack and the right lower side is 3 times tighter than the left. We just had our third visit this morning and the doc said it’s going a little slower than anticipated but we will get there eventually.

Do you know what that means?

It means that soon, in the actual, tangible, foreseeable future, we might actually get some sleep.

I could wet myself just thinking about the sheer possibility of sleeping for more than 2 hours at a time.

If you are reading this and either don’t have children or have children who sleep well, please, please, be grateful for your sleep! I myself have always been a good sleeper and never appreciated how great a good night’s rest feels!

Now before I sign this one off for today, I want to say one last, very important thing:

I am very, very lucky. Monkey doesn’t sleep, and it makes me tired and right now in my otherwise excellent life it seems like a big deal. But in the big picture I know that it is not. I know that I am lucky to have such a healthy, smart and beautiful baby. My pregnancy was healthy, my labour and delivery, while not a stroll in the park, all turned out fine. He had no complications and has been happy and healthy since Day 1. I know that not everyone is this lucky. And while I would, of course, prefer not to spend quite so much time with Monkey in the wee hours of the morning, I do look down upon his little head however many times a night I see it and thank my lucky stars and whatever Man in the Sky there may or may not be that I have been given such a beautiful, precious gift, and I wouldn’t trade him for anything in the whole, wide world. Sleep or no sleep, he is the best thing that has ever happened to me (Hubby, you’re a close second!) and I will love him forever no matter what.

Mel 🙂

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