This is the story of my child Mark whom we have affectionatley called Sparky as a result of his wakefulness!
My first child was a dream sleeper. Sleeping though from 6 weeks. I thought I had this whole baby sleeping thing sussed and didn't understand, and wasn't able to acknowledge, other moms desperation. You just put them down at the right time and they go to sleep! So our second child was born 16 months later and I went into a two child family with sleep confidence. Well, my confidence was soon shattered, my body was shattered, my brain was shattered and my relationship was taking strain. Mark would just not sleep! I became desperate, perhaps even a little crazy! In fact the sleep deprivation became so bad that I started to hallucinate. I will never forget coming through to the bathroom explaining to my husband that Mark had turned into an alien! The feeling of guilt, the confusion, was all a result of sleep deprivation. My cravings and hence diet yoyo'ed between excessive amounts of milo milk drink and fruit and veg, again, all as a result of me body desperately trying to get control with no rest. I would sometimes wonder how i had managed to drive my car, arriving at a destination with no recollection of how i had driven there. If the boys had fallen asleep in the car, I would park in the garage and sleep too. anything to close my eyes and sleep.