Re: Coping With Sleep Deprivation (Baby is 4 Months)
I've felt that way off and on for the past 15 months (since I went back to work). My LO has some good weeks sleeping and some terrible weeks. I only have one child, though, so my advice may not be all that helpful. But I definitely second the weekend naps. I look forward to napping with my daughter. I consider it sacred time. Does your 3-year-old nap anymore? If not, maybe he could have some playtime with your DH while you nap with the baby. Then you could take the kids (since you'll be rested!) and he can nap or do whatever he wants for a while. My DH and I don't get tons of quality alone time, but we feel close in our cooperation of managing our time. I also go to bed as early as possible as frequently as possible.
I understand it may seem like you're taking time away, but it will really help if you're rested. If you do get in an accident, your DH will have a lot more to take care of! It will all pass, too...it never feels like it. I just try to remind myself of that. I also have to say that I think my body has adjusted to less sleep -- I can survive now on 4-6 hours of broken sleep when necessary. Then LO has good nights where I get more like 6 or 7 hours of broken sleep.
I'm sure if you and DH sit down and talk, you can carve out a few hours here or there. Any little bit will help you.
Mom to my sweet little "Pooper," born 10/12/11, and "Baby Brother," born 6/23/2014, and married to heavy metal husband. Working more than full-time, making healthy vegetarian meals for family, and trying to keep up with exercise routine.