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No Sleep Till Brooklyn…

No Sleep Till Brooklyn…a classic Beastie Boys song. Only problem is that we currently don’t have any plans in the near future to take a trip to Brooklyn. So if this was a question on the SAT the answer would be “C“…If there is no sleep till Brooklyn and we aren’t going to Brooklyn, then we therefore have no plans to sleep in the near future.

But we are getting some sleep…granted a little more fragmented, so why am I so tired all the time? Continue reading “No Sleep Till Brooklyn…”

Chapter Three: All Night Long

I vividly remember sitting in the back of my dad’s car driving to Richmond on the weekends to go see the Richmond Spiders’ football games.  During the two-hour drive we would always seem to listen to the same music.

My dad loved Sixty Minute Man by Billy Ward & The Dominoes and we would sing it on the car ride up.  At the time I thought it was about a guy that was going to beat up a girl’s boyfriend who wasn’t treating her right…boy was I wrong.

On one trip, my dad put in a brand new cassette tape (yes for you young whipper snappers I remember when cassette tapes and mix tapes were the latest and greatest technology before iTunes and Napster).  The music was different…it caught my attention…it was cutting edge…it was Lionel Richie.

Prior to my father putting this revolutionary new music in the car stereo system I always thought he was cool…but now it had officially been proven.  Lionel Richie, better known these days as Nicole Richie’s dad, even spoke in Spanish (or so I thought with the line we’re going to party, karamu, fiesta forever).  I think we listened to the album five or six times on that trip up and back.  With classics like Can’t Slow Down, Stuck On You and Hello I was hooked.  I wanted to be Lionel Richie.

I mention this look into my own childhood simply because Wednesday night (Thursday morning) I revisited this time in my life when I couldn’t get that song out of my head. Over and over again there was Lionel singing to me…except it was my voice, so it was more like bad karaoke.  They say music has the ability to bring you back to a specific time and place in your life and it does.  Although this time instead of being reminded of how exciting it was to go to football games with my father, Lionel’s lyrics now seemed less exotic and more like a taunt.

For whatever reason, Wednesday night Nolin decided that he was going to have a fiesta from 2:40am until 4:30am…now maybe back in college I would want to be invited to that party, but not so much anymore.

Jenn and I were working together to get Nolin back to sleep.  She went down stairs got a small bottle, some baby Orajel and prepared to change his diaper.  In the early morning fog we sort of messed up the order.  Instead of changing his diaper, soothing his gums and then giving him the bottle for a final knock out punch, Nolin got the bottle, his diaper changed then the orajel…yep he wasn’t going back to sleep now and the song in my head continued…

Well my friends the time has come…raise the roof and have some fun

Finally after repeated trips by each of us in and out of his room (because again when a baby’s screaming no one’s sleeping) I finally went back in and just picked him up and pleaded my case.  He grabbed on to me tightly and I sang Lionel’s words.  Finally his eyes closed and as he fell asleep I was transported back to when I found that song to be such a great connection with my own father.

Luckily, Nolin has gotten back to sleeping good again.  It’s kind of like those factory signs they have to occasionally update…it’s now been 1 day since our last accident.

Learning Days vs. Growing Days

Nolin During Happy Learning Times

So Jenn came home yesterday and explained to me a concept with infants she had heard about from a teacher at school…Learning Days vs. Growing Days.  It is a simple concept really that seems to make a lot of sense.  On Learning Days the child will be up and alert all day long and on Growing Days they will sleep most of the day.  

There is really no way to predict what each day will bring except you can pretty much guarantee that the days you are off will be growing days and the days you are busy those tend to be the learning days. 

After last night, I have decided to further expand this concept and add a new type of day to the mix…I like to call these the Hulk Days.  These are the days that your child is both learning and growing all during the same day, at the same time and is mad as hell to be experiencing this phenomenon. 

Ready For Bed

That’s right, after I bragged about our reunion with sleep yesterday, Nolin had a Hulk Day.  He slept most of the day, and was even ready to go to bed earlier than his previous 9:30 bed time.  Life was good.  Jenn even made the observation that things were easier now that he was not waking up every 3 hours to eat, and we laughed about how we had become so good at functioning during those times. First rule for sleeping babies…you do not talk about sleeping babies. 

And then the clock struck 12:30 am. That is when the learning took over.  It was an epic struggle and not a lesson I hope to repeat anytime soon. 

Jenn & I would take turns trying to get Nolin back to sleep.  I would pick him up out of the crib and hold him and he would stop crying for a bit as he started taking in all of his surroundings (aka learning).  As soon as I started to place him back in the crib, he got this angry look on his face. It was as if Nolin was having a Linda Blair moment and the scene played out something like this

I’m not sure exactly what time he finally went to sleep.  All I know is that my alarm seemed to go off a few minutes later.  Just like the Hulk, Nolin has no recollection of last night’s events and woke up this morning a happy, eager 11 week old ready to take on the world.  While his dad…well he is just ready to take on sleep.

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