Sunday, July 06, 2008

We Get No Sleep

Sancho is back to his no-sleep phase again (all day from 6am to almost midnight) and it is draining the life out of me. I keep forgetting how exhausting it is during his sleep strikes. Now I remember why I do NOT want another child- Two words: Mommy burn-outs!

Polly Moore is a sleep guru that recommends parents follow their children's sleep cycle. I have been following this principle since Santi was born and yet he really does find ways to fight sleep. His pedia once diagnosed him with an over-active mind. (oh poor me!)

You see, I know when he is sleepy. I see the signs and then take him to bed and breastfeed him, he will feed for a bit and then all of a sudden he just turns and crawls away to the door of the room pointing outside and begins to wail. He does this a lot. We have to be extra careful too if we want him to focus on getting to sleep, no sounds or extra movement. It's a real struggle everyday, night and day.

In desperation, I asked his pedia for dear help. She advised for me to change his diet - no stimulants. (But I don't even feed him any!) Oh and I have to start giving chamomilla drops again every 4 hours because he is not getting enough sleep (me too!). Haay my junkie baby!

How do you give sleep to a child who doesn't want it? He is too interested in his world around him, I think. You should see him in the mornings. Still half-asleep he crawls to the door and makes noises as if telling the still-asleep mom & dad "I wanna go out and play! Wake up!"

My sister pointed out to me that the definition of his name fits his personality. Kabalarian philosophy has a site that gives pretty accurate name definitions.

Although the name Santi creates the urge to be creative and original, we point out that it causes an emotional intensity and a dominating nature that is hard to control. (high need child!)

The first name of Santi creates an intense personal nature.

For his nickname Sancho -An outdoor life also appeals to you and you could find much enjoyment in the beauties of nature. (this explains him not wanting to stay in-doors!)

Although the name Santiago creates executive ambitions, we emphasize that it causes a restless intensity that defies relaxation. (eeek!!!)

Although the name Andres creates the urge to be reliable and responsible, we emphasize that it limits self-expression and friendly congeniality with a moody disposition. (MOODY like his daddy!)

This name, when combined with the last name, can frustrate happiness, contentment, and success, as well as cause health weaknesses in the heart, lungs, bronchial area, worry, and mental tension. (This is freaky. He has asthma!)

So, before you name your babies please check the definition first!!!

Oh Santi, I wish you had an on-off button.


Frances said...

You know, I really believe that names are parents' first blessing to their kids. Kasi you end up growing into your name, eh! Daphne Osena-Paez and I chatted about this once. She read somewhere that CEOs, presidents, etc never have hiphop names. They usually have names like, er, Gloria haha.

Me, my name means free man. So sa lahat ng mga kapatid ko, I was the first to become independent. So kung magkaka-baby ka ulit, pag-isipan yung name. Although I like Santiago Andres very much =)

ana Kamila Niguidula said...

this is a blog i can definitely relate to, fortunately for me i am able to put him to sleep before midnight strikes. funny but he only falls asleep when i let myself fall asleep, otherwise when i am in a hurry to put him to bed bec i neeed to do something, i can never get him to. he seems to absorb my energy very much. the difficult thing is i have to shake myself out of sleepiness when he is asleep :)

re name, tell me about it!

jacob stands for determination and boy is this determined to get what he wants. i tooknot of the name before we named him, lloyd and i really sat down on it. it seemed to be such a difficult personality ( for the parents of the child atleast ) but then in the end, there was no other name we knew was best. i just have to be "more determined" than him so that I win...and it can be tiring.

anyway have you tried spraying lavender on his sheets? its used to always work on Jacob like a charm...when i really need him to rest bec he has symptoms of cold, i give him diluted chamomile tea, which he loves. works like a charm too.


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