Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Two Awful Words

What have I been doing with my life?

Two words: Sleep regression
Oh, and two more words: Yard Sale

Before I had kids I had never heard of the term "sleep regression." In fact, even after I had a kid I still hadn't heard of it, even though I did, in fact, experience it. Sleep regression is when a perfectly happy, awesome-sleeping baby (who has spoiled their parents) starts learning a lot of new stuff all at once and suddenly wakes up 345689485 times a night.

It sucks.

Regressions are common around 4 months and again between 8-10 months when huge milestones like crawling, pulling up, and maybe even walking occur. The best way I've ever had it described to me is that it's like a baby's brain is constantly firing away, and they just can't shut it off. It annoys them just as much as mom and dad when they can't stay asleep and have a hard time falling back asleep. Kind of like what happens to adults when they are up worrying about something or too excited to fall asleep.

All three of my kids skipped the four month regression and hit the second one - bam - like clockwork at eight months old. With Evelyn I was clueless, and her regression started the beginning of co-sleeping with her, because it was the ONLY way any of us could get any rest. I would later learn not to start any habits with your baby that you don't want them to carry on after a regression, as regressions don't last forever.

So when it happened with Gracie less than two years later, I started doing a little research. Turned out our little "problem" had a name, and it was super common. Armed with new information I was able to deal with the regression, though it lasted a loooong time with Gracie girl.

Fast-forward to baby number three. I was waiting for it. Hoping, of course, that maybe we would get lucky and skip it all together. But that fateful night a week ago when I heard unfamiliar squawking coming from my baby boy in the middle of the night...I knew. Here we go.

It has been a long week. Long, long week. I am literally running on about four broken hours of sleep per night, and on Saturday I was lucky to get two or three. I don't drink coffee, but Dr. Pepper and sweet tea are my best friends right now. I am cranky and short tempered. This is not a time to mess with mommy. :)

In the midst of it all, we did have a fun day swimming the other day!

The Chester pool is underrated. The water was the perfect temperature, hardly anyone was there, and kids five and under get in FREE. Red Bud, take notes. It was worth the drive!

Despite how it looks, Reagan did have a good time. :)

We didn't do a lot over the weekend, as I have also been preparing for a yard sale. We need to unleash the beast that is our basement in a really bad way, and I would like to get the kids some Fall clothes without breaking the bank. Going through all of our stuff, especially the girls' clothing, has been a monumental undertaking. Somebody's kids are going to be SET, haha.

In other news, today I register my first born for school. AAAAAHHHH!! Help me, Lord. Actually, I'm really excited about it. :)

And we're planning a possible day trip to visit one of our favorite deceased presidents later this week. We'll see if Eric's work schedule allows us to go.

That's life right now. Just surviving! Praying this regression is over quickly and that life can get back to normal soon. Have a great day, friends!


Heather said...

Can't wait to hear when your yard sale is going to be!!!!

I think I saw your mama in IGA bright and early this morning.

Adrien said...

Haha, probably! She's an early bird. :)

I was going to have the yard sale this weekend, but the forecast didn't agree with that. So shooting for next weekend!

Heather said...

Awesome! I'll be there!

Sara Simpson said...

I might have to come check out your yard sale!!!!!

Katie said...

I was catching up on reading blogs and just read this...pretty sure we're going through the 4 month sleep regression with Adelyn right now. For the past week and a half she's just decided that she's not going to nap more than 30-45 minutes at a time and she's gone from sleeping about 11 hours total at night down to 8ish hours of interrupted sleep. So I'm feeling you on sleep deprivation!


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