Oh my. It’s back again. The dreaded sleep regression. We had a good run for a few months there – easy to get Abi to sleep and she’d sleep thru the night (for the most part) and wake up between 5 and 6am.
And now we’re slowly returning the the sleep phase that makes me want to throw myself in traffic. Abi has always been nursed to sleep. We’ve tried other ways but this was the way that both she and I liked best, it just felt right. She’s never been a great sleeper. I think she feels like she’s going to miss something. She’s so active and into EVERYTHING she just hates to relax and I fear she doesn’t know how. But whatever was going on worked itself out. We tried the cry-it-out thing and it seemed to be working but was breaking me in two having to listen to her wail for so long. Then she got sick and everything went out the window. But miracles of miracles, something clicked and she went down easy, slept all the way thru and took reasonable naps. Huh.
There must be a 12 month sleep regression or something. It took about an hour and a half to get her to sleep last night…as soon as her back hits that mattress she’s awake and standing up in the crib. Then up at 4:45 this morning. The kid is the engergizer bunny. I don’t get it.
My mother is amazing – she comes to our house every morning during the week and spends all day with Abi. She’s teaching her so many things. And because she’s not worried about the laundry or cleaning the house, she can just enjoy Abi and have fun with her. She’s told me that she really notices things this time around that she may not have with myself or my sister because she’s just more relaxed with Abi and has nothing more to do than play with her. They have a great time together. We’re so lucky to have her so close and so able bodied to do this for us. I hope they have a close relationship when Abi grows up.
My mom is very creative and quite talented. She’s sewn our clothes, painted murals on her walls and decorated family members houses. She recently painted these two pictures for Abi’s room –
I know these are terrible pictures but you get the idea. Eric Carle is one off our favorites, as is anything by Sandra Boynton. What else should we put up? We have a couple of Keith Herring prints that I’m waiting for frame, but we may wait until she’s older for those.