My coffee consumption has gone up a bit as of late. That one cup just hasn't been doing the trick the last week or so. And I know why. Since moving Alice to her own room, I am back to waking up one, two, sometimes three times in a night to stick her pacifier back in, or to feed her, or to rock her back to sleep. When she slept in her crib in our room, I brought her to bed with us when she woke up anytime after around 2:30AM. She would nurse. We would both sleep. And I woke up feeling somewhat refreshed. Until about a month ago when co-sleeping stopped working for us and we were all waking up exhausted.
Now that I am back to getting up to feed Alice, I feel like I'm back to those early sleep-deprived zombie days.
Okay. It isn't that bad. But I am waking up significantly less refreshed. I feel foggy-headed when 6:30AM rolls around and Alice is ready to start her day. So I drink more coffee. My one cup is now up to two cups. Actually three. But it takes me most of the morning and into the afternoon to finish all that coffee. Those cups end up in the microwave for a quick reheat more than I'd like to admit.
We are working on getting Alice to drop that night feed (any suggestions?!) and and she is slowly getting better. As I type this I am in disbelief as she did not do her usual 3AM wake up this morning and slept straight through till just after 5AM. I'm not getting my hopes up, though, as things with this kid can change in a hot second. So, in the meantime, I'll continue with my three-cups-a-day habit and I'll make a point to grab a nap when I can.
How many cups of coffee do you drink a day? I've always been a one to two cup person. Three is definitely new for me. But that doesn't compare to what I used to drink when I worked night shifts in the ICU. I drank one, sometimes TWO cans of Monster energy drink a night back then. So terrible. It's a wonder I am still alive today!