A New Era

After so many dark nights and cloudy days, two nights ago the clouds parted, the heavens were revealed, and choruses of angels rang out on the world.  I’ve said before that Boy Blue hasn’t had a good sleep since we went to Canada.  (That was seven and a half months ago if you were stuck on the math.)  The thing is, before that he was only four months old, so while he was a better sleeper before than after, he was still up a couple of times a night.

The past month has been especially horrendous, his night patterns have been more grueling than when he was a newborn.  I have completely derailed my getting healthy weight loss strategy because sheer survival has led me to the foods I know I should not binge.  (Curses to those wonderful people at Reese’s and Cadbury’s.)  My brain has been as foggy as when I was pregnant.  Most days have been a war of attrition.  And most of all I worried that my not-quite-one-year-old was sleeping less in a day than his three year old brother.

This week, every night as I put him to bed, going to sleep later and later each night (Saturday he didn’t wind down until 11pm!  I was napping on the couch waiting for him to get sleepy,) I started each night with a small glimmer of hope/faith/comfort that things were going to turn around.  I just knew that things would get better soon.  Not just that desperate “things have to get better because they can’t get worse” hope, but a true spark of faith that things would truly get better soon.

Two nights ago he went down at 10:30, and awoke again at 11:30.  I was geared up for another long night, but our next waking was not until 7 am.  The clouds parted, the heavens opened, and legions of angels sang with the morning songbirds.

He did wake up shrieking, but I was just so happy to have slept through the night for the first time in … years?

Last night he went down at 9:30, not waking until 7.  This morning he woke up happily, and I got him when I heard him shaking his crib and starting to talk. 

The clouds parted, the heavens opened, and every celestial being cried out “HALLELUJAH!” 

Tomorrow the little man turns one, and I have so much hope for this coming year.

9 thoughts on “A New Era

  1. I am glad also that you can sleep a little more! However I must add my shreak about the fact that he is 1 already?! How could time have flown by so fast?!

    Happy birthday (soon) boy blue!

    That is exactly how I feel. I still remember quite clearly being pregnant with him. Now it’s been a year? How did this happen?

  2. Wow that year went by fast. Happy birthday little one. Sending sleepy evening vibes.

    We’re sending some back to you. Now that we’ve finally gotten it under control we wish the same for all our friends!

  3. Relief!
    2 nights in a row definitely smells of….pattern. I hope tonight goes just as perfectly! Whenever I’m up in the middle of the night for feeding, I always think to myself “tons of my friends are probably up right now doing the same thing”. It doesn’t make me feel better. But it makes we want to call and chat with somebody. Here’s to waking up at 7am again!

  4. HURRAY! for more sleep! I hope the sleeping pattern keeps up! Have you read the book Babywise? It talks a lot about sleep and bedtime routines and how to get kids sleeping through the night better. It’s more on the tough-love cry-it-out side, so I don’t know if that is your style. It worked WONDERS for Jaedin. (Jenacy, on the other hand, LOVES her sleep. I don’t think she’s ever woken up in the middle of the night–even when she was a newborn she slept for at least 5 hours straight every night! If I could clone her I’d have a dozen kids) 🙂

    Happy B-day boy blue! I can’t believe he’s one year old already! Time sure flies by!

  5. Congratulations! That is very exciting. I feel true empathy for you. Skyla *just* recently began sleeping through the night most of the time. Preston….well, maybe when he won’t make us wait until he is 2 1/2 but it isn’t exactly looking promising. 🙂

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