Logan has been sleeping longer and longer stretches at night, yet another sign that she’s getting to be a big girl. There was a point when I wanted to do some sleep training, and I did, but after a few times of trying (maybe 3?), I just felt that it wasn’t for us. One piece of advice kept popping in my head, and it was that if something is working for us, then why fix it? Truth be told, I don’t mind waking up at night to tend to Logan. I know that before long, she won’t need me anymore that this will break my heart. Yes, the bags under my eyes will probably disappear and my coffee consumption may diminish (and the Starbucks barista may miss me in the mornings), but I know that when she sleeps through the night, it is less time that I get to hold her and breathe her in. Don’t get me wrong though, when I do wake up in the middle of the night with her, I often don’t even open my eyes all the way because of exhaustion. But I go to her, and I let her fall asleep in my arms.
The day before we left for vacation, Logan slept for one 6hr stretch. I guess technically, that’s sleeping through the night. I knew then that this being the norm is just around the corner. And so, last night, she went to bed at 8:30. And she slept. And slept. And when I heard her cry, it was 5am. It is one day before she turns 11 months.
I know she will probably start teething soon (which will cause her to wake more), and she will likely catch another bug at daycare (which will cause her to wake more), but I feel that those nights will begin to be exceptions rather than our norm. Call me crazy, but I will miss our middle-of-the-night rendezvous.
But. I am also looking forward to getting a workout in in the evenings after she goes to bed. Or even maybe in the mornings as her routine settles into a new normal. And I guess this is also about the time mamas start to consider another baby since they are finally getting sleep again? Ha.
So, to the mamas out there who are longing for sleep, I will tell you what other mamas have told me before: it will come. And soon. Too soon.