Sleepless in San Francisco

What day is it?

I’m having a hard time keeping track these days.

I’m disappointed to say our sleep training efforts are following the same pattern as every other challenging aspect of parenthood :: it’s been a roller coaster ride of emotions. We’ve had amazing nights of sleep followed by nights of torture (as defined by hours of screaming from Mackenzie paired with intense bursts of emotion from Abigail which result in an unwanted bed buddy).  We’ve had days where we’ve kept the girls on a “perfect schedule” and then right when we’re settling into bed and keeping our fingers crossed for a good night, Mackenzie wakes up screaming one minute later.

We thought the hard part of sleep training was only supposed to last a few days…it seemed that way when Mac started sleeping through the night pretty consistently with only a few peeps in the middle of the night. Then I had to go and jinx us by posting the following statement on Facebook, “Sleep is a beautiful thing.”

Way to go, me. I should have kept my mouth shut.

At this point, we feel like it’s never going to end.  Not while we’re in this apartment, anyway. The girls are having screaming matches in the middle of the night since they’re sharing a room, we lay awake for hours at night worrying about the girls and the neighbors (we have neighbors above, below, and to the side of us), and we wake up feeling as if we barely slept at all.

On the bright side, our days our filled with fun activities and adventures and while we’re definitely running on fumes at this point, at least we’re able to spend our days with these little ladies.

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You’d never know that we’ve been dealing with bad sleepers.

Mackenzie is the happiest baby EVER (when she’s awake) and Abby is about as entertaining as they come.

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But no matter how cute and adorable and happy they are, we need more sleep. This is not sustainable. We must stick to our sleep-training guidelines and hope that things will improve.

It sure is a good thing that in a matter of months we’ll look back on this time where the sleepless nights are a blur and the good times with the girls are crystal clear memories.  I look forward to that day.


Happy Tuesday, everyone!


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8 Responses

  1. Piper's Run says:

    Oh my, I feel like you are writing our life story! We are going through the same with our two girls. Sleep training our first was awesome, loved it and now we are about to start it with our second daughter….cause things are just getting out of hand. It’s hard to function when you don’t have enough sleep.
    Here’s to a night(s) of sleep for you all.

    • 7x7xMommy says:

      Isn’t it so hard to function without sleep!? I hope your sleeping training goes really well with your second daughter. I’ve just been shocked at how tough it’s been with Mac. Thankfully, we’ve had three nights of good sleep now so at least we’re feeling a little more alive. Fingers crossed things continue to improve…
      Best of luck to you guys!

  2. sarah says:

    i know that it totally goes against what many say about sleep training, but we finally gave in to our second and would let him sleep in our bed. we all got sleep. he now sleeps in his own bed every night all night. we did the same with our third and she also sleeps all night in her own bed now. i know many say that they will permanently be in your bed if you let them but i don’t agree. i felt sleep for me was more the most important and i knew it wasn’t long term! now, i actually miss cuddling them in bed!

    • 7x7xMommy says:

      Sarah, as you know, we were much more lenient with Abby and as with your kiddos, she sleeps in her own bed without a problem. We’ll see what we end up doing with Mackenzie, but I agree…sleep is the most important thing right now! 🙂

  3. Starr says:

    I’ll be sending good sleep vibes your way. I know how hard it was for us to run on minimal sleep with just O, so I can’t imagine what it’s like with two kids!! Maybe Mac is going through a Wonder Week phase and once it’s over her sleep will regulate a bit?

    • 7x7xMommy says:

      Thank you! I think your good vibes have helped because the past three nights (knock on wood) have been so much better! She’s slept almost 11 hours each night (except for a bit of a screaming last night). Hopefully she’s turned a corner!!

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