My blog entries about how little my children sleep are complaints. Yes. But they are complaining with a smile on my face. I want to assure everyone I'm OK with how everything is going.
I want to thank L at Baby Mama(s) Drama for mentioning sleep regression. I Googled it and one article I found said...
At 3 or 4 months old, your baby is now sleeping more like an adult. Now when she falls asleep, she does not enter deep sleep right away and if you lay her down before she is in deep sleep, she is likely to wake up and you will start all over helping her to fall back to sleep again and again.
A child’s sleep cycle is about 45-50 minutes. So, your baby will briefly awake 45-50 minutes after she has been asleep.
To me, this might explain why Aaron wakes up after about an hour with a huge shriek, why he can't fall asleep in his crib and has to fall asleep on me, and why Jeff doesn't fall right back asleep after a bottle in the middle of the night.
Although I could be totally wrong.
These are babies we're talking about - unique, little people who function differently than everyone else on the planet. For me, having a name or a theory about what is happening helps. So for this week, we'll say it's a sleep regression issue. In another week I'll say it's because we took them to a party and it messed up their schedule. The week after that it'll be because it's September. And the following week I'll say it's because Jupiter tilted 17 degrees to the left. It's all OK. Years from now, when my boys are grown up, I'll have some good stories to tell. And you know the stories will get better and better each time I tell it. By the time the kids are about 10 years old my story will go a little something like this...
I remember when you were four months old and you went through 93 bottles of formula a day and I was up for 217 hours straight. You cried loud enough to wake the neighbors who lived three streets in every direction. Your father and I held you in our arms non-stop for weeks, we spent thousands on toys, hundreds of hours researching sleep methods and even flew in a sleep expert from Sweden becuase we DO EVERYTHING FOR YOU.
Hey, I didn't go through labor so at least I have this.