{Not} Our Favorite Thing

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I have a sick baby. Sick as in doesn’t want to do anything but snuggle. For my “never-snuggled-even-as-a-newborn” Isa, that’s SICK.

We’ve been having sleep problems recently, though really it’s all one’s perspective. I talked to someone recently that said their child slept the whole night…except for getting up a few times to eat. That put my “oh, I’m SO tired” attitude into check. For them, their child was sleeping through the night. For me, that’s a “oh come on, Isa, not again”. …Perspective… Most nights when I have to go into her room I find her standing in her crib. I easily lay her back down, tuck her in, and go back to my bed to fall asleep again within seconds. It’s likely that she’s going through a rather MASSIVE growth spurt. What compels her little body to stand up and try all the new things that she’s learning during the day at 2:30 in the morning is bewildering to me but I know it happens. So, these past 2 nights I’ve been trying to have a different perspective. One that’s not annoyed or overly tired or … but rather one that views this not as a nuisance, as normal (though it takes everything in me to call it that…I don’t want this to continue and really become the “NORMAL”), and dare I even say it… as her “sleeping through the night”. It makes those groggy mornings seem so much brighter!

All of that was to say that last night I thought Isa was sleeping so well. I had to get up with her very few times and she was sleeping so heavily. I was so thrilled (my little girl was doing it again!) until I realized at 5 a.m. that the poor girl had a fever. My joy was not so joyful anymore. I’d rather have my little girl on-the-go again and sleeping poorly (oh, where’s my perspective?) than feeling awful but sleeping soundly.

So, today, as I’m working on my perspective, we’ll be doing some of her favorite things…reading lots of books and singing. And my favorite, snuggling. I may just be able to change her perspective on this one.


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  1. By the time my son Dylan was 2 weeks old, he slept from 11pm to 5am. He was mild mannered and a snuggle bunny. Even through his toddler years, you could just tell him “night night” and off to sleep he went. He woke up everyday smiling! He was the envy of all my friends! Fast forward 4 years, and my next son NEVER SLEPT. He was almost 5 years old the first time he slept through the night! I finally had to throw in the towel and take him to the doctor for sleep problems! He’s 8 now, and still suffers from sever insomnia and it leads to Mr. Cranky Pants! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve said to myself “I need a new perspective,” if nothing else, I need a way to survive on LESS sleep! At least at 8, I don’t have to tend to him every waking moment…

  2. yes, perspective is everything. children are so different and are constantly changing. our daughter was sleeping through the night early on (not at 2 weeks though!) and was such a good sleeper until her first teeth came in at around 8 1/2 months. now we’ve been struggling ever since.