Well, the title of this is kind of misleading, because there is really not much going on here this week. There is one certain thing going on, but I don’t think I am ready to talk about it yet. This thing involves ANOTHER accident, trip to the doctor, and a lot of bandages. Everyone is ok, and I promise once I stop feeling like a horrible mom I will explain.
On a more positive note, we have had one GREAT breakthrough this week. After 13 short months, Charlie decided to start sleeping through the night! Now, I could go on and on (and on) about infant sleep patterns, problems, and sleep training. But I won’t :) I spent way too much time worrying about it with my first baby. I wanted West to sleep through the night so badly, but the harder I tried, the less he slept. I became frustrated and West could sense it so he became frustrated. I read the books, searched out sleep advice, did the rice cereal thing, etc, etc, etc. Nothing ever really worked. He started sleeping through the night just after turning 1 year old. With Charlie, I didn’t fight it at all. If she cried out, I fed her. If she cried out again, I rocked her. If she cried out again, I let her sleep with me. I did nothing to try to get her to sleep through the night, and she did it at the same age as her brother. Yes, we had long nights. Yes, I was tired almost every morning. Looking back, I wouldn’t change it at all; I loved our late night moments and snuggle sessions. I have found myself waking up around 3am this last week and a half wondering if she’s ok, and there’s a big part of me that wishes she would wake up so I could go hold her in the dark and tell her I love her. My baby is growing up so fast, and I can’t believe it. I hope 13 years from now, she will still need me in the middle of the night and that she will still want me to hold her.