Friday, October 10, 2008

Night-Wakers for Obama

I took Mac to see our beloved pediatrician, Dr. G., today. She pronounced him generally cute and healthy, and then she asked some questions about his habits.

"And how's this one sleeping?"

Of course, we all know that Big Brother is not a model sleeper. Dr. G. and I have discussed it many times over the years, and we still talk about it. In fact, we spent a few minutes of Mac's appointment talking about it today. But Mac? #2? Oh, he's fine. Sweet. You know, stays asleep for more than forty-five minutes at a time most nights.

"Oh, he's pretty good," I said. "Like, last night he woke up at 2:30 and 4:30." It had been a pretty decent night's sleep, overall.

"Hmm," Dr. G. nodded. "No, that's pretty bad, actually."

Huh. I had no idea.


anne said...

That's bad, really? Even at 7 1/2 months, I would still consider that a decent night. Hmmm.

AmyRobynne said...

Really? Twice at night at 4 months old? I'd call that pretty darn good. Your ped must be out to get you.

cg said...

huh - does your ped have children? I also thought that is pretty darn good nights sleep ;-)

KC said...

Oh yes, my ped is a total star who's raised two boys of her own. (Hers are grown now.) She is really big on the importance of good sleep for all - parents, included.

I think her pronouncement had something to do with him falling asleep after 10, also... I'd be totally fine with him waking twice a night for the next few years. After all, that's what Shef did until his fourth birthday.

Last night, Mac was up six or seven times. I'm pretty sure THAT's bad. ;)

LH said...

As I've told you repeatedly, the first child slept thru the night starting at 2 weeks.
And I mean 10 hours at a time.

Second child slept not even a second for the first 15 months.

So I think mine were the extremes.

Mac doesn't want to miss out on anything. He has to keep up with that fun brother of his.

Liz said...

ummm - not even sure how to respond except to say that waking up two times is OUTSTANDING.

Avery said...

I agree with the others. 2 times a night isn't bad at all.

Bob said...

that doesn't seem so bad to me. I wake up more often than that. Of course, I recently filled out a sleep questionnaire at Kaiser... It seems I'm at risk for all manner of malady because I spend more time awake than asleep. That's not normal? Who knew. [the link on my sig goes to a comic site I like]. *my* site is still

Emily said...

7 is bad, but twice? At 7 months, twice is still an acceptable night for us, too. and i have to say, i actually prefer one waking to none (he has miraculously done that twice!), because i wake up anyway and just lie there, convinced that my breasts are going to explode in a milk volcano, and convinced that the baby is dead.

also, someone (bless her heart) told me early on that babies who sleep well from the get-go are dumb. too dumb to care about how exciting and interesting the world is. you've got yourself a brilliant, inquisitive, curious guy - congratulations!