Too much excitement just might kill me!
Monkey has been a terrible sleeper his whole life, and we’ve always just accepted that as the way he was and figured he would eventually work it out. We now wonder in hindsight if some of that came from the discomfort of his growing tumor, but I guess there’s not much point speculating.
For the first 14 months or so he would nap only about 30 minutes at a time, and would wake up 30 minutes after I put him to bed, and then every hour or two after that. He has never ever slept with a wet nappy (my record is 7 changes in one night), and now makes me take him to the toilet in the middle of the night (although he’s generally too busy to bother during the day).
At just over 20 months I’m finally starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. His one nap a day is generally about 90 minutes, although I sometimes still have to snooze with him, and I can see that he is starting to night wean on his own.
I’m glad for that, and a little sad. We’re ready to try for another child (before I lose my nerve!) but I haven’t got my period back yet and I’ve been tossing up about trying to actively night wean him. It’s not something I want to do so I’m grateful he is getting there by himself.
Last night he technically only woke up once – at 11pm, for some water and a couple of mouthfuls of milk. He was all done and back asleep within 10 minutes. But I say technically only because he didn’t go back to sleep again after he woke up at 4:30am. Yuck! (But also – 5.5 hours straight!! That’s a lot for us. And we stayed in bed until 6:30 except for 2 toilet trips thanks to the magic of the Bunny Clock) A couple of nights ago he managed to find his drink bottle on his own for the first time, and get himself a drink of water before he climbed into bed with me (well, rolled out of his bed into mine!). And last week he even managed to sleep for 8 hours straight one night!! First time ever in his life. Sometimes he’s still up every couple of hours but I’m starting to see fewer wakeups outnumber more.
Then tonight he woke up at 9:30pm – he was sideways down the end of his bed (man they get into some weird sleeping positions!). I gave him his water, he had a drink, rolled over and went back to sleep. Usually he gives me his bottle back – tonight he kept it. So now he’s asleep, curled up around his sippy cup. Cutest thing ever – I wish I could take a photo! But since I can’t, I’m telling you about it instead. (Or I’m telling future me, so I can remember it later.)
And now gratuitous sleeping baby photos.
What is it about being asleep that makes them extra specially adorable? (I suspect its a combination of being both silent and stationary).
But then when I wake up to this, I think that’s pretty damn adorable too!
ETA: For shame! WordPress app didn’t upload my photos. And then Monkey woke up wailing at 10:30 (which he never does – bad dream?). Hopefully they will upload this time!