This boy, gotta love him! He is such a charmer, a little love bug, and so handsome/delicious – I could just eat him up! But, man, oh man, is he testing my strength and patience. Besides being prone to aggressive tantrums, he just will NOT sleep (much). Maybe they go hand in hand?
Sleep Regression, have you heard of this?! Its awesome (joking). To sum up what I have read about it; During times of growth, milestones, and life changes some children have a hard time falling and staying asleep. This faze usually lasts anywhere from 3-6 weeks. Well, my little boy has hit EVERY sleep regression in the book. 4 months old – no sleep for about 5 weeks! 8 months old, no sleep for about 5 weeks! 12 months old, no sleep for about 4 weeks! 18 months old, no sleep for about 4 weeks!
Only a few weeks back, he was going to sleep on his own quite contentedly, and sleeping thru the night. Then he decided he needed out of the crib. He began waking in the night, calling for mama, and climbing out. When one night, I sent DAD in, and the boy was NOT pleased with the parent of choice. So, he went head first – diving out of the crib. And, that was that. No more crib. Sad.
Now here we are right in the middle of the dreaded 2 year old sleep regression!!! My son turns 2 next week, its been nearly 4 weeks of sleep deprivation. I am on the edge of sanity and health. So, I folded, and decided to let him snuggle up in my bed when he wakes around 1:30am. I was going in his room, laying next to him on the floor for an hour or so (while he talks and kicks me) at least twice a night. I put him to bed around 8:30pm, but, he won’t fall asleep until around 10pm – and I have to be there next to him or he will get out of bed a million times.
So, here’s to “sleep regression!” I am trying to keep in mind; this is only a developmental faze, this tough time will pass eventually (only to meet a new and different parenting challenge – just on the horizon), and I am not alone. There are many web resources and communities that help explain what is going on with personal tales of sleep deprivation.
To all the tired mamas of the world, please find a way to be kind, patient, loving – and take what ever short cuts (frozen, non organic, quick meals, whatever.. TONIGHT I am stopping in El Polo Loco for dinner) you need to get thru this exhausting time. They are little tiny humans, and need our help, love, and support to feel safe and secure in this big crazy world.