Truth be told, with sleeping training and all that, something, SOMETHING will always throw a wrench in our plans and ruin what we've been working on. Always. Without fail.
I'm new'ish at this mom stuff, still, but I think that's just the nature of children.
You know. You get used to something, for a few days--and then BAM! It all changes.
A tooth starts to break through, or The Worst Cold of 2011 emerges, making your baby unable to sleep comfortably, hence, being up every few hours in the night.
You get it.
I'm starting to come to the realization that its okay.
I can function semi-properly and heck, even drive somewhat safe on an interrupted night of sleep. Since, well, it's been almost 11 months (excuse me while I faint) since I've had a proper nights sleep.
You see, we'll have a few weeks where sleep is pretty good. Then, the unpredictability thing happens and boom! Ear infection. Ear Infection=Laying Down No-No. They hate to lay down when their ears hurt, hence, lack of sleep. For you, and the baby. Or, this winter, for us? She got some major cough-type-bronchiolitis thing. That was fun. Or not.
Talk about up-every-half-hour-pain.
But really. I've come to the conclusion that I'll sleep when all my kids are teenagers and I have to dump cold water on their face just to kick them out the front door in order to make the bus that day. Because, all teenagers like to sleep in, right?
And once they all get on the bus? Momma's going back to bed. Or so I dream. Whatever.
For instance, last night she was up twice before 1:30am. TWICE.
I swore that she'd just continue that trend well through the night, since the girl is still (iknow,right?) just not 100% on her A-game health-wise. But, she ended up sleeping from 1:45am-7:45am. If you're good at math (or not), that's SIX HOURS.
How insanely pathetic is it that I was happy with six hours of straight sleep from an almost 11 month old? Considering she slept 6 straight hours the day she turned six weeks old, I'm going go ahead and "ding ding ding" in, and say, Pathetic for 500. Sigh.
I'm hoping, praying to get back to the 10-11 hour nights (and you moms of kids who sleep 14 hours a night are pointing & laughing. Take it easy, I hear you.) we'd been having for a while. That'd be nice. BUT, if it doesn't happen for a while? Well, whatever. Because honestly? I still function. And there's always coffee.
But, I do have to say this. If I had a freaking tooth (or two) busting through my precious little gums? I'd want a snuggle from my momma, too. Or if I had a cough that wouldn't quit, I wouldn't want to be summoned to my
Whether it's just a time, or a phase--whatever. What I'm learning is this. Things will forever change. She's a growing human. She'll evolve and adapt, and guess what? So will her sleeping. And that? Is just part of the gig I signed up for when becoming a parent.
I'm okay with that.
Plus, there's always coffee.
And this smiling face all day long.