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BlueMoon1103 Fri 12-Apr-19 07:08:02

I was talking to a relative saying how tired I am as my DS has reflux and I only got 3 hours sleep last night and was told I have no right to complain because he’s a baby. I’m aware of that and I love my DS so much but I didn’t think complaining about having no sleep was frowned upon? Should I not say anything from now on or is it okay to say how tired you are? Feel like I’ve dove something horrid :/

SneakyGremlins Fri 12-Apr-19 07:09:39

Of course you can complain confused

Amongstthetallgrass Fri 12-Apr-19 07:10:29

Tell them to fuck off. Sleep deprivation is hideous and seriously affects your mental health. I remember my eye sight going when one of mine was really bad.

birdflyinghigh Fri 12-Apr-19 07:20:21

I have observed there are two schools of thought regarding complaining.

Some people feel the need to vent. They feel better when they get whatever off their chest and when other people sympathise (not necessarily offer a solution). There is a feeling of shared experience and camaraderie.

Other people would rather not complain at all. They feel better by being positive and minimising any negative aspects of their life so they don't focus on them. Their problems are soon forgotten as they concentrate on more enjoyable things.

I have have had both outlooks in life. However I have to say when my life has been the most challenging I have used the latter as a survival technique and tend to favour that way now. It bloody works!

Not that I wouldn't be unsympathetic to lack of sleep at all! I recently had virtually no sleep (stupidly drank caffeinated coffee), slept for an hour and a half tops and felt pretty ropey. It can leave you feeling quite teary and irritable.

Siameasy Fri 12-Apr-19 07:21:41

Ugh some people are weird about this. As in “well I had a shit time so now it’s your turn” type thing. Misery loves company.

CoodleMoodle Fri 12-Apr-19 07:24:12

Of course you can complain! My 9 month old woke me up at 2:30am by thumping his legs in the cot. Then he started again at 6:20, and started babbling (and thumping!) at 6:40, then decided he'd had enough and wanted up at 7. I'm knackered and you'd better believe I'll be complaining today!

Sympathy for the reflux as well, my DD suffered majorly with it. It'll get better!

User457990033gYpovd7 Fri 12-Apr-19 07:26:45

Of course you are allowed to say how tired you are. Your relative is being ridiculous. I would have expected them to show some empathy and support for you.

Please don't think you aren't allowed to complain to others about your tiredness (or anything else you experience). Just perhaps don't bother with that idiot person.

maddening Fri 12-Apr-19 07:26:53

Then apply their argument back to them if they complain about anything - eg you are a human, humans get old deal with it

IWouldPreferNotTo Fri 12-Apr-19 07:31:01

I think it's reasonable to complain but there are conditions.

If you're complaining about something you need to have tried something to alleviate the issue.

I think sleep deprivation is a killer and sometimes you need to split it with a partner (if possible) one of you commits to getting very poor sleep while the other takes over.

I think sharing the load is good, but sometimes one of you needs to get a solid sleep.

megrichardson Fri 12-Apr-19 07:37:53

I wouldn't bother sharing your real feelings with that relative, next time. Your relative sounds like my mum - she couldn't deal with anyone telling her how they really felt, so as a consequence she didn't have authentic connections with anyone - we kept it all light and superficial.

Hope your baby starts settling down more at night soon.

Yellowcar2 Fri 12-Apr-19 07:42:20

Of course you can complain it is very very hard not getting sleep.
However ( I'm sure this is not you) I have a work colleague who complains constantly about everything and is just generally a happiness vaccum and I quite often just want to eat my own head when she is about.

Honeydukes92 Fri 12-Apr-19 07:44:17

You’re not wrong to feel miserable but there is definitely a school of people out there who take the ‘well you chose to have a baby and this is what they do so I don’t want to listen to you complain’ mentality!

Personally I think it’s a middle ground, have a vent but don’t do it constantly. When my ex best friend had her DD she literally NEVER stopped complaining. From the moment we met to the moment we said goodbye she would winge endlessly and I was sympathetic I really was but she was quite angry about how terrible she felt her life was and I often came away feeling like she’d been angry/ agitated with me! I had to stop seeing her as it negatively impacted my mental health after a while!

Damntheman Fri 12-Apr-19 07:47:40

oh fuck that! Sleep deprivation is the worst thing I know. You complain as much as you need to!

Hazlenutpie Fri 12-Apr-19 08:00:14

Your relative is a twat. End of.

Kazzyhoward Fri 12-Apr-19 08:00:35

Just wondering how complaining about it helps??

kateandme Fri 12-Apr-19 08:04:22

having no sleep is awful.it can feel like well in that moment like your dying!

ChicCroissant Fri 12-Apr-19 08:06:25

I had a non-sleeper myself so I do understand how the lack of sleep gets to you, it is hard. Probably best to discuss it with other people at a similar stage to you rather than this particular relative as they may be more understanding when they are in that stage themselves.

When you are not in that stage yourself though, it is easy to think 'but all babies don't sleep through'!

Damntheman Fri 12-Apr-19 08:06:42

Kazzy a good rant and a bit of sympathy makes the world of difference to me when I'm suffering like this. It makes me feel validated and that i'm not unreasonable for feeling so tired. Complaining helps a ton if the response you get is right!

WatershedMoment Fri 12-Apr-19 08:10:23

It was the worst time of my life when i was going through the same situation and MIL always cut me off and made me feel like crap if i ever moaned. I thought i was dying from lack of sleep. Theres a reason its used as a form of torture.

Rooberoobe Fri 12-Apr-19 08:10:49

Sleep deprivation was/is used as a form of torture so I’d say complain away! I did when my Child was a reflux cows milk allergy baby and I’m not sorry it was an awful time. Sending gin hope it’s better soon.

labazsisgoingmad Fri 12-Apr-19 08:11:02

complain away we dont mind lots of folk on here are going through same thing so they quite understand

Yougotdis Fri 12-Apr-19 08:11:25

‘I’m sorry I thought you were someone interested in my feelings and well being. Clearly not’ and walk off. What a dick. Venting is good for you. Of course you expect sleepless nights with babies. Doesn’t mean you have to float around looking all earth mother and serene about it.

Ilikeslippers Fri 12-Apr-19 08:12:14

I have have had both outlooks in life. However I have to say when my life has been the most challenging I have used the latter (not complaining) as a survival technique and tend to favour that way now. It bloody works!

Gosh, I experience the opposite. I have found it easier to cope when I started opening up to people about the trauma I am going through. It was awful carrying it alone as some sort of terrible secret. The psychological burden of that was tremendous.

WatershedMoment Fri 12-Apr-19 08:12:22

*MILs forget what its like and i remember SIL, who doesn't have kid s saying, oh is it a bit like when youve been up clubbing? NO!! try clubbing for 12 months in a row every night!!!

DocusDiplo Fri 12-Apr-19 08:13:30

Complain to someone nice

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