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Monday, September 8, 2008

Sleepless and hoping for light at the end of the tunnel

How on earth can your body function without sleep, I am not really sure, but in my case - not very well.

For the past 5mths now my son has been waking around 5 to 6 times a night (he is not newborn - 20mths) and on the weekend it all came to a head. He has suffered from recurrent ear infections and we saw a specialist who diagnosed glue ear in both of his ears poor baby, so we went into the hospital last week for surgery to have grommets inserted... I think that after so long without sleeping I had somewhere in my mind pinned all my hopes of sleep on 2 tiny little plastic tubes. So the surgery was a success.. until the next morning when one of the grommets decided to explode out of his ear :-( oh the misery.

So after having the worst day of my life yesterday (sorry DH this conincided with Father's Day) I have tracked down a paediatric nurse consultant or I am hoping "baby whisperer" who is going to visit me on Friday with all the answers.

God I hope she has the answers....

To have time to sew, clean, cook, think again would be great (hmm maybe not in that order)

Em (aka sleepless in Wongawallan)


  1. I hope the nurse can help. It sounds awful for both of you. Hugs to you both.

  2. Ahh, your post brings back so many memories. Those chronic sleepless nights are so tough. I hope you find some answers soon. I have nothing very constructive to give you but that I will be thinking of you and sending a wish for peacfull nights. (I use to think when I was getting out of bed for the hundreth time that night that one day they will be teenagers and I will be the one waking them lol).

  3. thanks everyone
    i know that i am not the only one out there!!

  4. Oh Em! no good for your poor little man! I hope your baby whisperer can bring some blessed sleep back into your household! And that those poor little ears get better! xx

  5. Aww, your poor little guy! I know how you feel about being sleepless. Our 18mth old has decided that she doesn't like to sleep in her cot and will only sleep between DH and I. On top of that, she's started waking up in the wee hours of the morning and not wanting to go back to sleep. I feel like a walking zombie most days! Hope the nurse can help you :)

    Tina xx

  6. I hope she helps - we did this at about 9/10 months and a few nights of screaming and it was all fixed.

  7. Oh Em, you have my deepest empathy. Our 4 year old was much the same, but we had some great results with homeopathy (after trying many many things that just didn't work). However, as we have all been sick lately, he has been going back to waking repeatedly, with last night seeing him wake every hour and howling. God it's awful. Thankfully I got onto our homeopath this morning and hopefully the remedy we have now will help get him back on track. Sleep deprivation really is torture. I hope you get some sleep soon, and that the nurse can give you some good strategies. Cheers, Bec.


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