Thursday, April 29, 2010

Very Cranky

We have had a week of cranky. I had truly hoped that Nolan would begin having restful nights after the tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy. Unfortunately, our little insomniac has not found his path to slumber, and we have had many wakeful nights. He does not nap, even if we take a long ride in the car. Nighttime usually results in several trips to Mom and Dad's bed, until we eventually are so exhausted we just give up and let him thrash around sleep in our bed.

I'm not sure if the wakings are caused by his apnea or if his reflux is flaring up. He still doesn't have his two-year-old molars (he is a very late teether), so teething is also a possibility.

This mama is worn out by the sleepless nights. Not to mention that he cries all day long. The constant crying pushes me to the edge, and by the end of the day I end up in an exasperated fog. Whatever the cause, I truly hope the boy sleeps soon.

The next sleep study in August seems very, very far away.


Anonymous said...

This is a post I think I've written if not on the blog, in my head. I never know what is going on with Ethan's sleep, and since he can't really tell me about it I figure it's just destined to be a mystery. Reflux is a huge culprit and we've figured out that he has more of it when he's experiencing a growth spurt. Getting colds also exacerbates his reflux. Between that and the neurological stuff that he's got going on, we're in the same exact boat. It's been going on his entire life, so I'm starting to feel like we'll never see it improve. I do so hope that you are able to get some rest here and there when you can. I know how hard it is to keep your cool when you're going through life this way.

JoeyRes said...

That's horrible! His poor sad little face in the picture is rough too - I hope you get to the bottom of it long before August. That is a long time not to sleep.

leah said...

Heather, I know you've been through the same thing with Ethan- it is so exhausting! He's been this way since birth, and figuring out the sleep thing seems to be out of reach. We don't do the next sleep study until August (to give his brain time to "sort things out" if his tonsils were part of the problem with the obstructive/mixed apnea), so we probably won't have any more information until then. We will mention it to his ENT when we do his follow-up appointment, though.

I'm not sure who is crankier some days- Nolan or me!

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Julia said...

I'm sorry Nolan is so unhappy, and it sounds like you *really* need a break. Any chance you can line up a sitter for a couple of hours so you can catch a nap or just vedge in front of the tube? You need some you-time.

leah said...

Julia, I wish we had a sitter! Dennis has been working every Saturday and it has been non-stop/no-break single parenting while he's so busy with hockey/marathon training/golf/work.

I do get a 2 hour break next week, when our MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group starts back up. Nolan did sleep through the night last night, so that is a relief! He does sleep through the night about 1-2 times per month, and I relish those nights!

Kristen@nosmallthing said...

:( I'm sorry. I wish I was there to help--but I think your Pittsburgh trip sounds fantastic...just getting away now and then can really help. And it feels so good to come home again!

Take care, and hang in there. Praying you get a good night's sleep.