Thursday, October 8, 2009

It must be morning!

Okay, sleep experts. I appreciate your years of schooling and experience. However, you can't just randomly define "sleeping through the night" as 6 continuous hours of sleep*. I am happy Z-man is sleeping from 8:30 to 2:30 most nights. However, I don't think any rational person would call that "sleeping through the night". It's not morning now. It's nighttime still. I'm not sleeping through the night. I'm up in the middle of the night.

Which is fine. I mean, Z-man is only 6 weeks old. This is a-okay with me. Just don't patronize me and try to convince me that I'm now officially sleeping through the night.

*Note for non-parents or non-obsessive readers of sleep related books: I think I should clarify this. Every time you read something by one of these supposed infant sleep experts, you'll see all over the place something along the lines of "sleeping through the night is defined as 6 continuous hours of sleep". Which, I must admit, makes me sorely doubt the sanity of said authors, let alone the validity of their advice. Did you really think you could pass this off? Did you really think sleep deprived parents would somehow be convinced they were magically sleeping through the night just because you said so? I mean, I can make definitive statements, too. That doesn't make them true. Here, let me try:

A "good blog entry" is defined as this one.

Did I fool anyone into thinking this wasn't rambling and obviously the byproduct of someone who is not particularly well-rested since she is NOT, no matter what anyone says, sleeping through the night?


Liz Jimenez said...

I couldn't agree with you more. I hated it when people would say, "oh, my kid sleeps through the night! Midnight to 6AM!" Hell no.

I mean, six hours is better than two or four, of course, but until it's at least 7pm-6am, it doesn't count in my book. :-)

Glad the little man is sleeping reasonably well for his young age, though!

Nancy said...

oh ya - that's just foolishness! heh

Cool that Z-man is sleeping so long so young though! (Even if it isn't "sleeping through the night" ;) )

Mommy, Esq. said...

I completely agree - it has to be at least 8 hours for it to count. I have a friend whose 13 MONTH old sleeps 7 hours a night. "I" need more than that a night. I keep telling her to go to a sleep specialist but she'd rather just complain about it.

jongirl said...

Six-hour stretches are great for a 6-week old, but, alas, DO NOT qualify as a "good night's sleep" for Daddy and Mommy! Keep up the rants; if nothing else, they make me laugh and make you feel better!
Love to All !