Sleep… I miss you.
My apologies to those who have seen me in person this week as Annie’s sleep (or lack-of) has been basically my only topic of conversation. But let me tell you- when the baby’s not sleeping, no one’s sleeping. It’s real and it’s frustrating. Especially coming from a baby who has slept through the night thus far.
Our sweet little girl started getting a little funny about sleep while we were on vacation last week and I’m not sure if it’s being away from home that started the sleep issues, or if we’ve truly reached the dreaded 4-month sleep regression. Either way, our nights this past week have been a marathon of shushing, rocking and patting to sleep, followed by a few hours of sleep, then up again countless times between 1-5 a.m. I’m definitely that jerk who thought I had the perfect sleeping baby, like I knew what I was doing or something. Karma has come around.
At least the middle of the night wake-up calls involve that adorable face!
So what to do? Step one, Annie and the crib have a little date tonight. In her room. Cue the tears. I should note that I’m that person who (pre-baby) said she’d be sleeping in her own room by week 6, and have found myself struggling to cut the cord at almost 4 months. Since birth, A’s been sleeping beside our bed in the 4moms Breeze; first in the bassinet, and for the past 3 weeks in the lower playard area (after she showed signs of rolling). I suspect that being in our room is causing us to jump at every small sound, which in turn keeps Annie from soothing herself back to sleep. Tonight, the game plan is to try out the crib, with monitor, and see how that goes. I have a feeling I’m still going to be pretty quick to console her, but just taking the short walk to her room might be the extra time she needs to self-soothe.
Step two, possibly ditching the pacifier. I might wait on this one and take things one step at a time, but I’d like to end the sleep, drop pacifier, cry, replace pacifier, repeat saga.
Step 3, I ordered the Merlin Magic Sleepsuit in case the above steps aren’t cutting it. It should arrive Friday, so we’ll have two nights to test the waters without it. Annie LOVES the swaddle (we’ve used both the Halo and the SwaddleMe versions), but has been breaking free lately and is also getting closer to rolling. I’ve tried one and both arms out, but she hasn’t lost the startle reflex so it’s still a little sketchy. From my research, this suit might be the answer to dropping the swaddle. I’ll report back.
So, I sit here with monitor in hand ready for night one (and a glass of wine, if we’re being completely honest). Wish us luck!
While we’re on the topic of being sleep deprived, I wanted to share a no-brainer easy but healthy recipe for Tikka Masala that’s become a staple around here. It’s the perfect solution after a night of no sleep and a long day at work. I hesitate to call it a recipe, since it’s really just a bunch of ingredients I found at Aldi, and as an added bonus: it’s super budget friendly! I estimate that four servings costs less than $8.
If you caught my story on Instagram, you saw how easy this is to throw together. You’ll need:
- 2 large chicken breasts
- coconut oil
- 1 jar Tikka Masala Simmer Sauce (Aldi)
- 1 bag baby bell peppers (or 2-3 large bell peppers)
- naan (optional)
Just cube the chicken and saute in coconut oil until browned. Chop the peppers to roughly the same size as the chicken chunks, then add them to the pan. Stir in the simmer sauce and let everything simmer for 10 minutes or until the chicken is cooked. Serve over rice with a side of naan.
A note on the naan- I purchased it pre-made at Aldi this week, but have also had great success making my own! I used this recipe and omitted the garlic. You can use the leftovers for flatbread pizza.
When you’re running on very little sleep, a dinner that comes together in less than 20 minutes is a sure winner! Plus, this whole meal is pretty darn healthy. I am not on a diet by any means, but still working on those last few baby pounds so I watch my portion sizes and don’t overdo the rice or naan (starchy carbs are my weakness).
Any tips for transitioning to the crib? How about your favorite easy, healthy recipe?