Elizabeth and Alodia both have been going through a developmental leap recently. Alodia thankfully handles these leaps very well, Elizabeth on the other hand gets immensely stressed out. Since Elizabeth’s first developmental leap (more commonly known as week 4 sleep regression) was awful. There isn’t a word I can think of to describe how terrible it was. She wouldn’t sleep, she wouldn’t be comfortable being set down anywhere, she wasn’t comfortable nursing, she wouldn’t take a bottle. Something that would work one night would be unsuccessful the next.
I spent one night in the garage with the door open and all lights off rocking her, bouncing her, walking around, sometimes walking on the sidewalk and driveway. Luckily it was August in the desert so it was comfortable outside in the middle of the night and there were no bugs.
Another night I had to have her in our snugglebug wrap with her only in her diaper, and no shirt on me (yeah, I was desperate) for skin to skin time, but it doesn’t stop there; I had to walk in a circle with a diameter of about 5 feet between our dining room and our living room with the light on above the stove. Walking in larger circles, in the kitchen, or in the living room weren’t sufficient. Any other lights weren’t okay.
Other nights were spent on our back patio listening to the coyotes howling and yipping. That 10 days was the most difficult 10 days of my entire life, nobody was around to help us out even for a few hours during the day, but we made it.
Alodia has never shown any signs of being phased by any leap she has gone through so far. Sometimes she doesn’t want to fall asleep at night without nursing; that is honestly the worst thing about her leaps, it’s wonderful.
Elizabeth is between leaps right now, Alodia at the end of one of hers, and we’re all working on getting a good schedule. During E’s most recent leap she didn’t want to go to bed for naps or at night. Before the leap she would go to bed between 7 and 7:30, wake up around 7 or 7:30, take a nap from about 10 to 12, then another nap from about 3 to 5. She slept a lot. During the leap she would go to bed around 8 or 8:30, wake up around 6, and refuse to nap. Since her leap has been over she’s been back to her 7-7 overnight and two, two hour naps a day schedule.
They are both napping right now. Alodia slept in her bassinet for the first time last night, and slept through the night for the second time, and I’m feeling great because of it. I’m sick, but feeling great in the mom sense of the word.
Motherhood is tough, but seeing Elizabeth hold Alodia’s hand last night just before she went upstairs to bed is what makes it all worth it. I’ll refrain from going into her room to wake her up from this nap since I miss her sweetness.