Why Don't You Sleep?

 Sleep*

I've been rocking you staring
At the clock on the nightstand
And I've been sitting here praying
Praying your eyes stay closed. 

It's just another sound outside 
And your eyes will fly open
And I'll be sighing

I'll be begging you, baby
Begging you to sleep
When I lay you down at 7pm
I pray that it will keep
Oh, for the next time we'll be here
will probably be in less than three hours

Why don't you sleep?
I'm down on my knees
I'm so tired of being tired
Don't I give you all the breast milk that you need?
When the sandman calls your name
There is one thing you should know
Nights don't have to be like this
Baby, why don't you sleep?

They keep telling me, baby
There will come a time
When I lay you in your crib
And you will possibly sleep until nine
Well, I don't think that's the truth
And I don't like being aloof
I just need eight hours
It's too much exhaustion to bare
what if I stroke your hair?

Why don't you sleep?
I'm down on my knees
I'm so tired of being tired
Don't I give you all the breast milk that you need?
When the sandman calls your name
There is one thing you should know
Nights don't have to be like this
Baby, why don't you sleep?

I can't take it much longer
But my will is getting stronger
And I think I know just what we have to do
It's time to let you cry it out
little lady please don't pout
I've been weak for your tears
but you're aging me in years
So, the next time you will find
you won't be leaving your bed for mine

You're going to sleep!
I'm turning the monitor volume down
Looks like you are going to cry a little longer
Need to make my cocktail stronger
 When the sandman calls your name
There is one thing you should know
I'm never far from you
night night baby

*Inspired by the song "Stay" Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland
Sleep?! Whats that?


10 comments

  1. You are such a talented writer Laura! I hope your little cupcake starts sleeping longer for you soon :( My best friend is having the same problem with her 6 month old and is taking the same approach at this point - letting her cry it out. Fingers crossed for you friend!! xx

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  2. Hang in there! It really does get better!! :) Reading this makes me dread those sleepless nights that are sure to happen when our next little one arrives :P

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  3. This is amazing! Good work! I am so scared when it comes the time to let my little one cry it out... That has to be so hard!! Hopefully, it will get easier!

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  4. You are such an amazing writer!! I hope you and that sweet baby can get some good, solid sleep soon.

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  5. Oh look at that sweet baby. I know it's so different when you're working and up all night with a baby, but I really really actually enjoyed those sleepless nights, just staying up late with my babe. Loved you poem and wishing you the best of luck with the sleep training!

    xx Viv at JoieDeViv

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  6. Love your poem! Sorry you're still not getting sleep. Miller didn't start sleeping through the night until I quit breast feeding :( and then it was only 4 out of the 7 nights a week but before I quit he was still up 2-3 times a night every night.

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  7. Hahahahaha! I knew exactly what song this was inspired by when I was reading the 'lyrics'! I can relate, oh I can relate.

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  8. I hope you do get some sleep soon! I know those sleepless nights are so so tough! Hang in there!

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  9. This is amazing and I love that you adapted it from the Sugarland song. After I read that I had to go all the way back to the top and read it again. Hope she starts sleeping soon. And hope she doesn't have to cry it out more than a couple of nights to spare your poor heart.

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  10. This is absolutely wonderful! I love it!! I am wishing our beautiful baby a nice long slumber, and sweet dreams for Mom and Dad!! Love from Nona

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