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Elusive Sleep

by Pennie on February 28, 2013

I’ve been daydreaming of sleep.  I know that sounds silly, but the adults around here haven’t been getting a lot of sleep in the last 2 weeks.  I have to admit, a major reason is my fault.

Two Sundays ago, I was out in a group of people and I started feeling kind of yucky.  Within a few hours I had a full on stomach virus.  Really yucky.  When I got home, I unthinkingly did what I normally do, even though I wasn’t feeling well.  I hugged and kissed my grandson.  Life went quickly downhill from there.

Within a very short time, he got sick…really, really sick.  And while he is 4, up until the last couple of months, he has never thrown up in his life.  So it totally freaks him out.  And when he is totally freaked out, he screeches.  AT THE TOP OF HIS LUNGS!  Which pretty much puts everybody on edge.  So, as time goes by, we are getting more and more concerned that he is not keeping anything down, but also more and more on edge.  Imagine being jolted awake at all hours by screeching!  It’s like having a fire alarm randomly go off night after night after night.

He’s been to the doctor–multiple times–who advises it just has to run its course which is 5 to 7 days, but may be longer in some kids.  We are on day 12 now.  While we are finally starting to see some improvement, he is still having bouts of sickness and all of his communication is now in screech mode.  Not very pleasant.

But something else has been going on at the same time.  Our new baby is having a growth spurt!  So she is eating 24/7.  She sleeps for a very short period of time and wants to eat again.  My daughter is getting absolutely no sleep.  And of course we have to keep the 2 kids separate, so the baby doesn’t get sick.  We are constantly switching kids from parental unit to parental unit (or grandparental unit) so they don’t swap germs too much.  Yet another reason we aren’t getting any sleep.  It’s really been a mad house around here.

It also turns out that my grandson it being sensitive to noise.  When his sister was crying to be fed today, he said to me “I need a quiet baby”.  I had to laugh since we are all look for some peace and quiet!

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1 Sue Hull March 2, 2013 at 9:11 pm

You poor grandma! I know it’s so hard when everyone is sick plus having 2 kids. I only had one and I had my mom’s help.Boy I was so thankful! My 2 neices ages 4 and 9 have been passing the flu to each other and to everyone in the family except me. Thank you God! I just stay away from everyone until they’re completely better and their houses are germ free. I’m always washing my hands especially after going to stores. Oh gross germs everywhere! LOL!!
I hope you’re all better real soon. I’ll keep you all in my prayers. Thank you for being a wonderful,helpful loving grandma.Your family is very blessed to have you :)

2 Patricia B. March 3, 2013 at 7:33 am

Thank goodness the end is in sight and you are starting to see some improvement. I hope you all can get some much needed rest soon! Makes me want to go wash my hands.

3 Robin Wilson March 5, 2013 at 7:17 pm

Bless Your Heart!! All your hearts! It has been a long time since I have dealt with baby/toddler induced sleep deprivation. I don’t miss it, but I have been there and I certainly can commiserate with you!

4 Maria Iemma March 8, 2013 at 8:33 pm

I’m a grandma and helped my daughter when she came home with a new baby — neither one of us was sleeping.. I felt awful and we had to put ourselves into a routine since the baby was not cooperating!

5 Maria Iemma March 18, 2013 at 8:17 am

I am with you – my daughter and son-in-law have moved in with me while their house is being painted and I have not slept a wink. Either the baby is crying or the toddler wants something from grandma….I love them though.

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