Wednesday, August 24, 2011

So long, 8 hours of sleep in a row!

Well, my baby is 4.5 months old now, but I still don't get to sleep through the night. I know, that's probably pretty normal. In fact, many many parents have babies who sleep less than mine, so I'm probably pretty lucky, actually. Except for last night. Last night wasn't that great. (Sorry, to all you moms who have it even worse than this, I'm probably making a mountain out of a molehill, but it's my own molehill).

The main reason last night was a not-so-good experience is that our cloth diapers were being stripped (this is a process that I don't like much, but at least this is the first time we've had to do it and may be related to washing our diapers on vacation). The reason this is a problem is that we had to use our non-favorite cloth diapers (tested and tried and found wanting) or disposable ones. The stripping process basically took all day and night because it involved washing the diapers in blue (original) Dawn then rinsing again and again until all the Dawn was rinsed out. It took many washes. I didn't count them, but I'm thinking it was about 6 cycles (pre-wash, hot wash, extra rinse) to get them clean. Anyway, I am reminded why I hate disposable diapers so much. Again, they're papery feeling, but also they don't work as well.

So, last night Eleanor started off in our GoGreen Pocket diaper (the tested and found wanting diaper) which leaked after 4 hours of sleep and woke her up. And I mean really woke her up. She wouldn't go back to sleep for an hour and 15 minutes! I changed her, fed her, and swaddled her then woke a grumpy Ryan to rock her back to sleep (meanwhile I had to throw those aforementioned diapers in the dryer and feed the kitties - at 2:45 am). Ryan was up with her for 30 minutes, so I finally went in to relieve him and finally got her back to sleep 5 minutes later. Whew! Oh, did I mention I put her in a disposable diaper after that? Oh yeah. So, we were up again at 5:15 with a wet baby, wet swaddle, and wet sheet. So, diaper change, short feeding (yeah, she was hungry again!), sheet change, and back to my bed with baby. It's easier to get sleep that way (note: we don't co-sleep on a regular basis and never overnight. This is an occasional nap situation where I'm not really asleep anyway). This time I put her in her Happy Heineys diaper, one that works well but the fit just isn't my favorite. At least I didn't have to worry about waking up in a pool of pee! Guess what, though? My night isn't finished! At 6:30 I got up to change Eleanor to get ready for the day (yay for dry fuzzibunz!), I decided to change her on the twin bed in her room instead of on the changing table. Why oh why? She promptly peed on the bed (and her last clean swaddle blanket). Awesome. So, I have tons of laundry to do tonight, and I had to scramble to find one clean swaddle (remember she wet on 3 of them over night) to send with her to Mimi's house. Sigh.

Normally, you must realize, Eleanor wears a BumGenius diaper to bed and stays dry all night. It's wonderful. They work great. She wears fuzzibunz during the day, and they may leak after 6 hours overnight, but they're still way better than 'sposies. Anyway, more on stripping later. It's definitely a downside to cloth diapering.