Let The Sleep Adventure Begin

August 23, 2012

[And I realize how every title is going to sound like he was born – I apologize!!! It was worse before I added sleep to the line : ) ]

What I mean is, another 4am wake up. I’ve tried every trick in my book – I think I’m just on the mom train and not getting off! That’s OK – I’m doing ok. I’ll just consider it sleep training from here on out. Like my doctor says: “Most of your ailments these days will only be cured with delivery.”

I had toast with PB at 5am. Yum!

And this bowl of simplicity at 8.


Greek yogurt, peach, Cville Cluster, almond butter.




I actually DID think I might be going into labor last night because I was the crampiest I have been to date, but as I suspected might happen – the tightness melted away after a while.

Have a lovely day y’all!

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1 Rebecca @ Blueberry Smiles August 23, 2012 at 8:20 am

So frustrating not to be able to sleep!


2 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio August 23, 2012 at 8:24 am

That breakfast looks amazing. Enjoy these last few moments :)


3 Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) August 23, 2012 at 8:30 am

At least you know there is progress going on with the cramping. The more of that you have hopefully the less hardcore laboring you will have to do. I hate that you can’t sleep in now, but I guess that is your body’s way of getting you ready! I am so excited for you two! The adventure is really about to begin!


4 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table August 23, 2012 at 8:31 am

I bet you are on pins and needles! Do lots of walking. :)


5 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat August 23, 2012 at 8:37 am

Ahh not long now! Come onnnnn BERF! Just think of the blissful sleep you’re going to have later (well, that is if you and Matt are sharing the wake-up-in-the-night-to-tend-to-the-baby responsibilities equally, which I’m sure you will!) I’m excited for the upcoming week or so of posts.. can’t wait for the “It’s Time” one!


6 KathEats August 23, 2012 at 8:44 am

I doubt I’ll get good sleep for years : ) Or at least until I’m no longer nursing!


7 Sara T. August 23, 2012 at 9:05 am

You just never know! My friend’s daughter slept through the night (like from 9-7) from very early on. Yeah, I was super jealous of her sleeping because I was not so lucky with my daughter. Fingers crossed you have a good sleeper :)


8 Kelly August 23, 2012 at 2:13 pm

I also have a friend that is breastfeeding and her son sleeps through the night too! He has been for about a month now and he is just about to be 8 months old. She makes him stay up till about 9:30 or so and he gets up around 6:30-7.


9 amyt August 23, 2012 at 2:27 pm

My oldest daughter – slept through the night starting at 6 wks (I breast fed)…however, my other two did not do this. On another note, a hot shower, or hot bath helped with my cramps. Best wishes!!!


10 Kelsey August 23, 2012 at 8:39 am

I’m so sorry about the insomnia! Pb toasts sounds like a good choice. But when is pb NOT a good choice?!


11 heidi August 23, 2012 at 8:39 am

I had horrible insomnia for 2 weeks before my son was born. I thought maybe nature was getting me ready to be a new mom and I was right. Calvin is 3 weeks old now and I am currently experiencing sleep deprivation like never before.

I know everyone says this- but take a nap. Now, whenever you get a moment to close your eyes. I regret not napping more during pregnancy. The whole ‘sleep when baby sleeps’ thing is a joke. Ha.


12 KathEats August 23, 2012 at 8:43 am

Congrats on your little one!

Why do you say it’s a joke? Because you would rather be getting things done or because you can’t fall asleep when he sleeps? curious!


13 heidi August 23, 2012 at 8:46 am

It is both- you run around frantically trying to get anything done. Eat, get a drink, go to the bathroom…

Also, sometimes you are just so tired that you just cannot sleep. It is very frustrating.

I also find that I never really fall into a really deep sleep any more. I think because I am hyper-aware of Calvin and all his sounds.


14 KathEats August 23, 2012 at 8:48 am

Makes sense. I’m really going to have to fight the to-do list and try really hard to just rest.


15 heidi August 23, 2012 at 8:50 am

Yes- this is true. I have been struggling with low milk supply. Rest and sleep are one of the recommendations for increasing milk. So, it is a true double edged sword.

Kath- take good care of yourself. You will be a great mom.


16 Morgan August 23, 2012 at 2:00 pm

When my daughter was first born I could never sleep when she slept. I wanted some time to myself and the only time I got that was when she was sleeping. I also found myself wanting to check emails, Facebook, voicemails, etc. instead of sleeping. Although I was EXTREMELY tired, I hardly slept when she did until recently. She’s almost 9 months old now, and I will occasionally nap in the afternoon when she’s sleeping if I’m especially tired.


17 The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh August 23, 2012 at 8:52 am

The countdown is on to baby time!


18 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat August 23, 2012 at 8:56 am

Two breakfasts = never a bad thing.


19 Kavi August 23, 2012 at 8:59 am

The countdown is on! Every day when I check your morning posts I think “Is he here yet?” :)


20 Angel7 August 23, 2012 at 9:11 am

When does your grandma think you are going to deliver now since you did not have the baby on your dad & mom’s anniversary?



21 KathEats August 23, 2012 at 10:02 am

Don’t know ! Any day now


22 Mom August 23, 2012 at 11:53 am

Talked to Mom this morning. She’s now zeroing in on the 26th, Kath’s birth day number.


23 Sarah August 23, 2012 at 9:30 am

You’re right….your sleep is about to change for quite awhile. You’ll get through it. If you have your mom or your mother-in-law helping you, it’s sooo helpful the first few weeks to “sleep when the baby sleeps”. If you can get a good chuck of sleep during the day and have someone bring you the baby for a feeding it helps you get through the nights.


24 Deirdre @ Oh Well Whatever August 23, 2012 at 9:42 am

Gotta start checking in daily to see when it happens! Enjoy this last bit of time with him inside, I cherished those last days even though I was over being pregnant. There is something about that feeling of the baby moving inside your belly that is just too special. Take care ; )


25 Rachel August 23, 2012 at 9:43 am

aww this is so exciting! :) both your breakfasts sound great 😀


26 Karen August 23, 2012 at 9:44 am

Hang in their dear Kath! We’re collectively loving you through this beautiful, monumental – but undeniably uncomfortable- experience, and will soon be sharing great joy on your behalf.

I wanted to chime in your SYTYCD replay frustration. I was in the same boat last week. I did eventually watch it On Demand, but it only appeared for a 2 -3 day window of time (Fri – Sun?) so it’s likely gone for good. Perhaps at the end of the season, they’ll make them all available? This is when the competition gets really good – I’ve identified and have begun rooting for some favorites – #1 Eliana. I don’t like the format much – they dance their butts off and then at the end of the show they reveal who is in jeopardy based on the previous weeks’ audience votes. Seems unfair to dancers and a bit anti-climatic for viewers! I guess w/the one day per week format, they thought it was the best option.


27 KathEats August 23, 2012 at 10:02 am

Agreed… I miss last years two nights but it was quite the commitment to watch!


28 Karen August 23, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Oh, Kath – a completely unrelated bit of info to share: You know those yummy marshmallow smelling method sheets we love? Well, I learned the reason WF recently pulled them from their shelves b/c they contain a questionable ingredient/chemical and Method (supposedly, relayed second hand) refused to cooperate w/them re. further testing of the product. If it doesn’t meet WF standards, you prob. don’t want to expose your newborn to it.


29 KathEats August 23, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Oh gosh really? I just saw them at my WF last week (and thought about stocking up). Thanks for the warning though – I’ll do some research


30 Averie @ Averie Cooks August 23, 2012 at 9:45 am

Most of your ailments these days will only be cured with delivery <– I chuckle because it's probably not humorous to you in the moment but I am nodding in agreement :)


31 KathEats August 23, 2012 at 10:00 am

Haha I do think it’s funny :)


32 Sarah August 23, 2012 at 9:54 am

I had the worst heartburn from about 20 weeks on – everything – including water – made me have it. I carried liquid Maalox in my purse and would take a swig before every meal! My mom had the same issue with her pregnancies, so I wasn’t surprised when I go it too.

Hours after I delivered my guy at 3 am, I ordered breakfast. Heartburn gone – never to return! I was amazed that it was instantly resolved – so hopefully your insomnia will subside as well.

But yes, you’re not alone – my sleep the last month was bad. And I do agree that I think it’s your body getting prepared to survive on less sleep.


33 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More August 23, 2012 at 9:55 am

I can’t believe how close you’re getting! It’s time to start really watching Twitter for updates! 😉


34 Jess @ JessieBear What Will You Wear August 23, 2012 at 10:03 am

Haha aw, I got so excited with the title! Oh and that little bowl looks fantastic, it looks like peach cobbler. It’s like dessert for breakfast (but healthy)!


35 Cait's Plate August 23, 2012 at 10:17 am

Your breakfast bowl this morning is one of my favorite flavor combos! Also with sunflower seed butter.

Glad you’re still doing ok despite the lack of sleep. I’m awful without it so I give you a ton of credit! But it’s definitely smart to think of it as practice for when the baby comes :)


36 KathEats August 23, 2012 at 10:30 am

I have been without sunflower butter for over a week – time to open a new jar!! I knew something was missing in my life..perhaps that’s why I can’t sleep!


37 Cait's Plate August 23, 2012 at 10:50 am

Haha! That definitely has to be it! 😉


38 Marcia @Frugal Healthy Simple August 23, 2012 at 10:56 am

It will happen when he’s ready. I was sure my baby would be 2 weeks early like his big brother. Nope. Right on his due date.

I also was plagued with pregnancy insomnia…the entire pregnancy this time (first time it was only 1st and 3rd trimesters). It was good practice for having the baby.

You will sleep again…probably at around 18 months. Babies get to where they can sleep longer stretches pretty quickly. My first baby was around 6 hours at 6 months, 8 hours at 8 months. My new baby is 6.5 weeks and has been going 5-6 hours for the last week. So, yay me! A single 5.5 hour stretch is better than I got during pregnancy. Anyway, I nursed my first son for over a year, but that doesn’t mean you are waking up at 2 am that whole time. That’s all I’m saying.

Once you realize that the baby can sleep long stretches, the key is that when he wakes up, you send the hubs. Otherwise, they think they are going to be fed if mom goes in there.

Glad the nut butters are working out for you. Love the almond butter from my farmer’s market. I found that compared to pregnancy, I need a LOT more meat while nursing.


39 Jill August 23, 2012 at 10:58 am

I’ve found that things I used to be able to consume close to bedtime, now keep me up (or wake me up). I just started cutting out caffeine, sugary stuff and simple carbs, from late afternoon onwards, and have finally been sleeping better. It should have been obvious to me, but it took me a while to clue in that maybe having an ice cream around 8pm wasn’t the best idea. Everybody’s different though – hopefully you get some decent nights of sleep in before baby arrives!


40 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats August 23, 2012 at 11:20 am

Ahh that would drive me crazy – constantly thinking I might be going into labor but then nope! Hope it happens soon so you can meet your little boy!!!


41 Tiffany August 23, 2012 at 11:38 am

Sorry to hear you still weren’t able to get a good nights rest.

I had oats for breakfast this morning and I added a little coconut oil to them. They were silky soft with a slight coconut taste. Have you tried this before?

By the way, I am so excited to try the Cville Cluster!! I called a GH somewhat close to where I live and asked if they shipped…unfortunately they do not :( Hopefully I will have time soon to visit.


42 KathEats August 23, 2012 at 1:24 pm

I haven’t but that sounds delish! Hopefully that GH makes the Cluster – make sure you check before you pay them a visit!


43 Tiffany August 23, 2012 at 1:30 pm

I ordered the Cville Cluster online from your store :) I really want to try some of the GH bread. Your sandwiches always look delicious. Do you think that in the future you might also ship bread too?

By the way, I am really excited for you to deliver your baby boy :)


44 KathEats August 23, 2012 at 1:34 pm


We might – although only on the colder months and likely only around Christmas. Bread quality just doesn’t do as well and the shipping (we would require 2 day shipping) is pretty expensive :(


45 Tiffany August 23, 2012 at 1:37 pm

I understand…quality definitely matters. I just got confirmation that my granola has shipped :) Can’t wait to try it!! Thank you so much!


46 Tiffany August 23, 2012 at 1:40 pm

By the way, I noticed earth balance has a new product called coconut spread. Do you know how this is different than coconut oil?


Looking at the ingredient list there are other oils added and filtered water (probably to keep the cost down?). There are natural flavors added to maybe o enhance the coconut flavor?


47 KathEats August 23, 2012 at 1:47 pm

I think it’s more of a hybrid than pure coconut


48 KathEats August 23, 2012 at 1:48 pm



49 Annette @FitnessPerks August 23, 2012 at 11:42 am

Soooo close!! He’ll be here before you know it 😉


50 Amanda @ flecksofgreen August 23, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Atleast when the labor does come, you know you’ll be completely ready and prepared for it!


51 JessicaE August 23, 2012 at 12:02 pm

I’m another who has had so much trouble sleeping when the baby sleeps. One of the hardest parts of being a mom to my little guy (who is 5 weeks old :) ) is not having my house be immaculate as it once was. I’m quite OCD about it. But a few days of almost going crazy with no sleep helped me learn how high a priority sleep must be. My husband works nights and my family isn’t around much to help, so I really need to get the sleep when I can in order to be a good momma. :) Also difficult is spending more on my grocery budget because I must pay for convenience now. I am tightly budgeted, but it will get better as he gets bigger and is better/easier to take out and about.

I have never needed a ton of sleep, but the hard part for me is that its scattered… I may get 4 hours in a good night, but not in a row. The nights my husband can give him a bottle are magical! The first week kind of “tricked” me because brand new babies sleep so much! 4 hours in a row, once five! But as the days go on they aren’t tired out from their journey and you realize, ‘oh THIS is what everyone meant’.

Every baby is different. <3 Good luck!


52 Carrie @ Nutrition By Carrie August 23, 2012 at 12:11 pm

Yep, your headline got me. I’ve been off the grid (camping) since Sunday, I get back, check your blog and thought “She had the baby!” Crossing my fingers that you are lucky enough to have a little one who preternaturally sleeps through (most of) the night.


53 Leslie August 23, 2012 at 12:15 pm

Not to discourage you, but the diminished sleep has only begun. Once Mr. Baby is here, your sleep will disrupted for a long time. Look at this now as prep!


54 Ellie August 23, 2012 at 12:35 pm

It sounds intense! Are you feeling really nervous or super chill? I’ve heard of women who have no fear of giving birth! I don’t know if I would ver be one of them 😛 hope you have a great day Kath!


55 KathEats August 23, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Pretty chill – I think I’m in denial that this is really going to happen sometime soon! I’m reallllly excited though.


56 Lolly August 23, 2012 at 12:45 pm

Once you go into real labor you will realize it feels so much more intense and different than any cramps or twinges you may have felt before. Even early labor. It’s kinda crazy.


57 Tracy August 23, 2012 at 12:55 pm

As a mom of four, I’ll tell you to fear not!! You will sleep again. The very beginning is rocky, but soon enough you’ll enjoy restful sleep. The very newborn stage goes by sooo quickly.

Hang in there, Kath! I can’t wait to hear the news.


58 Jennifer August 23, 2012 at 1:45 pm

The end is so hard…the constant wondering if today is going to be the day.

I never slept great towards the end with either of my pregnancies. My thoughts were always that once the baby got here, I might get interrupted sleep but at least I would be able to fall asleep. Sadly, I have a hard time falling asleep when they are really little too. I don’t really start sleeping more soundly until they are about 6 weeks old. Still, it’s all temporary. :)

The great news is that most babies start sleeping longer stretches around 6-8 weeks (says the sleep book I read and my experience). It might not be sleeping through the night, but at that point anything more than 2-3 hours will make you feel like a new woman!

Hope it’s soon so you can at least be on the road to better sleep.


59 Katy August 23, 2012 at 3:40 pm

I am currently on a nectarine, yogurt and granola fix. Ur food looks great. :-)


60 Christina @ The Beautiful Balance August 23, 2012 at 5:38 pm

Those peaches look amazing. I just bought a crate of them and it won’t be long before they’re gone :)


61 Stephanie August 23, 2012 at 9:17 pm

There is no mistaking when you are truly in labor. You will know :)


62 Bridget August 23, 2012 at 9:21 pm

Hi, may I ask why you take evening primrose oil? What does it do?


63 KathEats August 23, 2012 at 9:24 pm

I wrote about it on Baby KERF yesterday :)


64 Pam August 23, 2012 at 9:39 pm

WOW getting close, very excited for you and Matt. The big day will be here before you know it :)


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