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Old 05-19-2013, 05:26 PM
 
Location: S. Florida
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How many of you out there are completely exhausted. I don't mean a little tired. I don't mean temporarily, I'm talking barely sleep anymore trying to keep it all together exhausted. And if you are, how is this effecting your parenting?
When my kids were babies, it was exhausting ALL the time. However, my kids are six years apart. So I only had to deal with one baby at a time. I give kudos to those who have kids very close in age!
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:18 PM
 
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My son is 23 now and has always been the easiest kid, even as a toddler and a teenager. But he was a poor sleeper as an infant, and I was exhausted for the first year until I got used to not sleeping more than 3-4 hours at a stretch.

One day when I was especially zombie-fied from lack of sleep, I was walking down the street in San Francisco where we lived at the time, pushing my son in his stroller. A woman came from the other direction pushing a kid about 6-8 years old in a wheelchair. The child had leg braces, a brace to support his head in the wheelchair, and a portable respirator. Man, that took the whine right out of me and I never felt sorry for myself again. I knew SOMEDAY my son would sleep all night, but she was looking at caring for her disabled child her entire life. Sometimes a little kick in the perspective really helps.
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:25 PM
 
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Yes, I have been there. Are you able to get a bit of support a few times a week to just sleep? I have had to draw the line with hubby a couple of times and hand over DS and just simply go upstairs and sleep...for HOURS. If you don't have anyone nearby that can help, can you hire a sitter for an hour sometime in the evenings (even a teen or college student) and just go sleep?

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