Saturday, January 29, 2011

Antidote for a sleepless night

Ahh, sleep.  Most of you already know the long story of how big sister didn't sleep through the night for 8 months . . . if you met me during that time, I talked about it a lot.  God has blessed me with a new baby who sleeps much better and I don't take it for granted one bit.  But, both girls have been sick and for the last 6 nights, I've been up about every 2 hours all night long.  This morning, I was really feeling those sleepless nights.

I'd like to say that I'm not obsessing about their sleep like I used to, but if I'm honest with you, I am.  I'm laying awake freaking out that the baby is never going to sleep again and then debating whether to stop swaddling the baby, how to transition her to a crib, and trying to decide what age I'll be comfortable sleep training.  Then, I started wondering if they'll both stop sleeping when we move and when they start sharing a room . . . aaahhhhh.  You have to keep in mind, that in the past week, the baby slept a 9 hour night and a 10 hour night.  All this fretting isn't necessarily warranted, but that's what consecutive nights with no REM sleep will do to you.

So, if you see me, instead of telling me, "boy, you look tired" you can tell me "hey, Bec - the baby isn't like big sister and she'll go back to sleeping through the night as soon as she's not sick any more."  Lie if you have to - I need to believe!  I woke up this morning and there they were - two bright eyed, happy girls waiting for a smiling mom to get her act together and make some breakfast.  
"Come on mom, get out of bed.  I'm huuuungry."
I brewed a big pot of coffee (our Costa Rican favorite - Cafe Britt) and made blueberry pancakes from the Julienne cookbook.  I felt much, much better after breakfast and even got a 4 mile run in this morning!  My husband and big sister wanted theirs without the blueberries but I loved the berries.  At Julienne, they serve them with lemon curd.

So, if you have a rough night, give these a try; you'll feel better!

Whisking is her favorite part

Julienne's Blueberry Pancakes (half the original recipe - serves 3ish)

1 c. all purpose flour
1 T brown sugar
1 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 c. buttermilk
1 large egg
1 T vegetable oil
1 c. blueberries

Whisk the dry ingredients together in a large bowl.  Whisk the wet ingredients in a small bowl and pour into the dry ingredient bowl, stirring to combine.  Don't stir too much - there will be a few lumps remaining.  Heat a pan over medium heat until hot.  Lightly coat the pan with butter.  Pour about 1/4 c. batter to make round pancakes and top each one with a few blueberries.  When bubbles form on the surface of the pancakes (about 2 minutes), flip and cook about 2 more minutes.


  1. OK, Bec, I'll be first. She'll resume her normal sleeping habits as soon as she feels normal again--and then you'll feel normal too!!

  2. I feel your pain, but until one of them wakes you up and promptly throws up in your ear, you're actually doing ok. Send you a nice virtual pot of chicken soup.

  3. While Margaret sends you that, you can send me the virtual pancakes. Four mile run -- good for you!

  4. As I post this, I'm already dreading tonight's sleep! I've totally gotten the worst sleep lately, and O has already been sleep trained once and was a good sleeper! Time to retrain! I totally second that food gets me through a day when I am just super exhausted. Hope you guys feel better soon! annelies

  5. solidarity! No REM here either. I'm sorry, though, that you have to get up to go to work.

  6. not to make light of it but this is my selfish thinking reading this post: you will get full nights of sleep again, you really will. The day will come that you'll have to drag your girls out of bed for school. but will I ever eat a plate of pancakes again? Don't think so. Sometimes life just hands us tough times. Hang in there - you're an amazing and incredible mom and little sister will sleep again, very soon. - mom