If you notice a lack of coherency around here, it's because I'm just exhausted lately! Audrey is going through some sleep changes and we've been having a lot of awful nights. Her daytime schedule is actually pretty good at the moment. She has FINALLY, at 6 months, begun staying awake for 2 hours at a time between naps, and is down to 3 naps a day. For the longest time she could only stay up for an hour and a half and was taking 4-5 naps per day. A while back she dropped her last nap of the day, and began having a wakeful period of 3-4 hours in the evening before bed. She has also been developing a set bedtime of 7:30. It's really amazing how these things just seem to happen and adjust themselves.
But nighttime... Aghhh. I think there was a growth spurt recently, so she's been wanting to eat at night, but now I'm afraid it's becoming a habit. And it wouldn't even be that big of a deal if she would just go right back to sleep! Audrey used to be great at immediately going back to sleep when we put her down. Now, even if she's exhausted and has fallen asleep in our arms, as soon as we put her down she wants to roll over, crawl to the side of her bed, and stand up. She LOVES to stand up. And she doesn't know how to get back down (without just letting go and falling), so leaving her standing in bed isn't really an option. One of us has to stay with her in the middle of the night until she looks like she's going to really stay down and sleep.
It's been rough! But we're trying to stay optimistic. Things always seem bleakest in the middle of the night. Coffee and sunshine do wonders for moods. And to help during the night, I made a little motivational poster that I put up in Audrey's room today, for those moments at 3 a.m. when I sort of feel like giving up on this mom thing and running away to start a new life. I didn't take a picture, but it says:
BE KIND & PATIENT! Baby needs your love and care!
That might sound like an obvious fact, but when it's the middle of the night and you're exhausted, it sometimes begins to feel like that little person is just purposely being cruel! She is doing so much growing and developing, and we can only expect so much of her. She doesn't know any better and is only trying to get her needs met. She needs to cuddle! And I need to get some sleep! Goodnight!