Anyone else as tired as me?

(13 Posts)
JaclynLouise Sat 05-Nov-16 13:52:55

Nothing but a good old moan here!
In the past 2 days I have had 5 hours sleep.. I'm genuinely a living zombie sad
My second girl is 5 weeks old, we've battled colic from 2 weeks and she's had it bad! Because of this, we've gone from co sleeping nicely to the only way she'll settle being a nice swaddle in her bouncy chair with the vibrate on, with that method she only woke 2 or 3 times and her crying seemed to be slightly improving.. but the last 2 nights she won't settle at all! I'm currently trying to bounce her off for a nap (she's usually fast asleep at this time) but it's not working. Believe me I have tried every method of help there is in the past few weeks but Nothing is soothing her and I'm exhausted! My head is pounding and my body aching, I feel I'll just from being tired! I thought my first one wasn't that easy (she's almost 2) oh how wrong I was!
Any other tired mummies? Please tell me there is a light at the end of this tunnel!

JaclynLouise Sat 05-Nov-16 14:02:10

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neversleepagain Sat 05-Nov-16 15:21:42

One of my twins had colic and she screamed from 2 weeks until 11 weeks. I thought it was going to kill me.

When dh came home I couldn't even had her over as there was two of them sad

I had to wash sterilise and make 18 bottles a day and piles of endless washing as the other twin has reflux, to add to the fun.

We have no family in the country and I literally didn't see anyone for days at a time
It was so exhausting and so lonely.

They were premature so had to be fed on a 4 hour schedule and feeding and changing them would take 90+ minutes per baby. As soon as I had fed one it was time to feed the next one. There was no let up for months. A particularly low point was when I was getting 45 minutes sleep at night.

It put dh and I off anymore babies. Forever.

You have my deepest sympathy.

JaclynLouise Sat 05-Nov-16 16:01:25

Oh my goodness bless you! The only thing harder than doing what I'm doing now, would be doing it with two! You really are a super mum!
That's another thing, I'm breastfeeding, but sometimes I just want to pack it all in and go to a bottle. My other one had to be bottle fed after her tongue tie was undetected and by the time they found it, it had all failed. I feel like the worst mum ever for even considering stopping it sometimes, I know the benefits and it's not about me, im just not enjoying it sad I'm keeping it going because I want what's best for baby but it doesn't change how I feel at times!
I keep reading different stories and theories on what causes colic, what can help and worst of all when it passes, as from the sounds of it I have a while left of this!
I definitely won't be rushing into any more babies that's for sure xx

AmeliaJack Sat 05-Nov-16 16:07:15

I have that t-shirt so chocolateflowersbrew for you.

Like never I have twins. When they were a few weeks old I truly thought I was going to die from lack of sleep.

They both had terrible colic for about 16 weeks and I fed them myself so it was testing to say the least.

I have a friend with triplets - I can't even imagine.

There's nothing I can say that will help because really you just have to grit your teeth and get through it.

It will pass though and you'll feel like a hero for having survived.

Have some more chocolate

JaclynLouise Sat 05-Nov-16 16:25:30

Triplets? Wow! Bless you that sounds terribly hard! I can't even have chocolate, I'm currently trying a dairy free diet to try to help baby and dairy free chocolate tastes horrible sad another reason breastfeeding is frustrating sometimes haha, that and the terrible skin, every time I get pregnant I basically look like I have mild acne! It passes soon as my hormones are gone but because I'm feeding this time it's still hanging around.

I think knowing there's nothing I can do is what makes it worse, I just go to bed dreading the night and end up feeling so frustrated with the cycle that the only way to keep my sanity in the early hours is to have a cry about it!
All I can hope it that I'm lucky enough for it to stop sooner rather than later xx

Chattycat78 Sat 05-Nov-16 16:37:05

Me too. Not quite as extreme as the poor previous poster, but I have a 5 month old and a 22 month old. 5 month old is feeding lots day and night (he was also prem so is very little and no sign of him sleeping through the night). 22 month old gets up at the crack of dawn and is a whirlwind for all the hours he is awake. I'm knackered. Sleep deprivation sucks...! Someone pass the chocolate and wine.

Chattycat78 Sat 05-Nov-16 16:39:00

Wow triplets. And I'm complaining....!!

AmeliaJack Sat 05-Nov-16 16:44:51

I know! She's incredibly organised and very chilled. She says it's because she knows in advance that they'll likely be late, things will go wrong etc etc so she just doesn't stress over it.

I know a few other triplet Mums slightly through our local multiples group - they are the same.

neversleepagain Sat 05-Nov-16 17:01:08

My cousin has triplets. When I am struggling I am pleased with my two.

JaclynLouise Sat 05-Nov-16 17:23:24

That is extremely admirable! Having twins or triplets are so lovely I think, but such a challenge when they're little babies! I don't have enough hands as it is with one baby!! Xx

AmeliaJack Sat 05-Nov-16 17:26:34

I should say, the fact that the early days are tough with multiples in no way negates how tired Jaclyn or other non multiple parents are.

The early days are hard work all round.

flowersflowersflowers to everyone with small babies and sleepless nights.

There should be awards given to parents on their child's first birthday just for surviving. grin

JaclynLouise Sat 05-Nov-16 17:37:57

Very true AmeliaJack,
Surviving with no sleep at all is such a challenge and although some people really must have their work cut out for them with multiples, it is hard all round!
Loving the sound of that medal on their first birthday, although I think I'm a year late on receiving one xx

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