Baby J had his first sleep study on Sunday night. I was dreading it, because I was sure it would be difficult to get him to go to sleep with all of those wires on. In the end, it was worse than even M’s EEG from last summer.
We were given little information except to arrive promptly at 7 pm, not even a few minutes late without calling ahead. I parked the car at 6:59. Go me! Was the room ready when we arrived? No. Did they even start prepping J before 8:00 pm? No.
J was a trooper for sure! Even though he had napped for a MAX of 1 hour all day (broken into 3 segments, natch), he hardly cried as he got strapped up and glued together. That’s better than I did. The air conditioning had broken and the room was at least 80 degrees. Both baby and I were sweating, and he had to be swaddled. I was having trouble breathing and all I wanted was something to drink, but do you think there was a drinking fountain? No! Cups? No! One of the techs directed me to a vending machine, but it was broken. Thankfully he took pity on me and gave me one of the water bottles from the techs’ fridge.
As it turns out, the trouble wasn’t getting J to fall asleep. He was out in less than 10 minutes. Staying asleep was another matter though. Since he’s been sleeping in our walk-in closet for a few months I’d forgotten how much of a restless sleeper he is. Any creak and he would cry out. I laid down at 10:45 and he was up at 10:50. Then again at 1, 3:15, and 4:00 (for good). I was so tired I felt ill. Then I went through the stages of parental sleep deprivation. Don’t pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about. First is denial: No, this child is not awake again. I am hallucinating this. If I just lay here he’ll go back to sleep. Then comes bargaining: Please child, if you just go to sleep, I’ll do anything. You’re only 6 months old so I don’t know what you want as a bribe, but whatever it is, I’ll do it. Next is anger. Maybe you don’t say the words, but you’re thinking them. And just as acceptance hits, your child falls asleep (and is promptly woken up by a tech coming in to tell you you can go home).
Oh and did I mention the A/C came back on at 4 am, but the blanket they’d provided me with was basically gauze, so it was freezing? Truth.