Wednesday, May 21, 2008

A full night's sleep.

Just for the record, it has been exactly a year since I had a full night's uninterrupted sleep.

The night of May 20th of last year was the last time I slept without waking. On the night of May 21st, I had very disturbed sleep, complete with hallucinations. On the morning of May 22nd, I knew it was time to go to the hospital, and on the night of May 22nd, that is, in the wee hours of May 23rd, Puttachi was born. Since then, no sleep.

Ok, to be fair to the little one, after the first two or three weeks, her body adjusted to our sleep rhythms, and she slept at night except for when she woke up for her feeds. Even then, she just had her feed, and went back to sleep. No fuss, no fanfare.

But even now, after she has stopped taking night feeds, she wakes up once or twice each night, mostly going back to sleep on her own, or else with very slight intervention from me. But the fact is that she does wake up, and so I haven't had an uninterrupted 7-8 hours of sleep after she was born.

Actually, there was one day she slept through the night. On the night of May 8th, when we were in Mysore, she went to bed at around 10 pm, and I followed at about 12 30 am after watching a movie. I closed my eyes, and when I next opened them, the room was filled with daylight. My first feeling was that of panic. I sat up ramrod straight, and pounced on Puttachi to see if she was all right - she was sleeping peacefully. After that, I hopped out of bed and danced my way to the kitchen where my aunt was making tea. "She slept through the night!" I sang.

I have tried to replicate the conditions of that night, but she hasn't done that again, after that night.

Again, I warn you, all you poor souls who are getting inspired to have babies because of my posts about Puttachi, beware! :)


Wunderyearz said...

Wish I had atleast one night to remember like you. How did you manage stopping her night feeds??????

Swati said...

Hey almost 2 years since I had uninterruoted sleep.Sometimes he cries ,hits me in sleep. Sometimes he doesnot do anything , but still I get up to see , if he is fine :P

praneshachar said...

that is the change one has to adjsut as you are now a parent a proud mother so you will worry about the little one. so go back and retrospect how your mother would have it when she you were baby so it a cycle and everyone including the father has to undergo but certainly mother will have to undergo much more than her better half it is reality.
as you have written you had full sleep and moment u woke up u were really worried

Anonymous said...

I guess thats the magic of Mysore.. Even babies feel more relaxed and in a holiday moon:)
P.S Your blog gets more interesting with each post,keep 'em flowing..:)

Sumana said...

Soo cool it is puttachi's bday tomm. Lots of best wishes to the little one. That reminds me. will email you.

Sunita Venkatachalam said...

It will happen! Someday soon. Mine started to do it only 3 months ago (when she was 2 years 3 months old). I think she's giving me a break before the next one. Phew, another two years of sleeplessness to look forward to. What fun!

charu said...

hi !
please wish puttachi a very happy birthday from all of us.A big hug and a kiss !

Swati said...

Blogrolled you :)

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