So something pretty massive has happened. It has disrupted every routine and scuppered many plans. This something has, in one go, shifted the very fabric of the reality that A and I had built up over the last couple of months which in turn was built on the work that A’s mum had put in over the previous 8 months.
I am talking – of course – about sleep. It may seem odd to be so excited by sleep but if you have kids you will know why it’s such a big deal. The headline news is that A is sleeping in a truly magnificent 9 hour block at night. This is such a game changer. Both A’s mum and I are getting a solid block of sleep and actually feeling rested in the morning! This is not something either of us has felt in many many months and it is amazing.
The second huge sleep related change is that A has suddenly decided that napping in her buggy, on the move, is not for her. Instead, she now sleeps, during the day, at home – sometimes even in her cot! This has totally changed our whole day and overturned our routine. Over the last few of days, she has woken at around 5:30am, fed, played, got tired about 6:30 then slept again till around 8ish. We then try and go to something (a stay and play/the park/ to get some shopping) then return home for lunch then she plays a bit and gets tired by 12:30 and sleeps for about 2 hours after some gentle rocking. If I am very careful, I can get her down in her cot and have some time to myself to, for instance, write this blog (maybe I need to think of something more productive to do). Both of these sleeps come on all of a sudden. Gone are the subtle signs (or I have to learn to read the new ones) and now A plays till she is incredibly sleepy when she will cry and want cuddles and to be soothed to sleep.
So my week with a baby is suddenly looking very different. A generally has changed a lot in the last couple of weeks. She turned 10 months old recently and the day after that was the start of the new sleep style. Her play has changed (more about that soon). She is talking, saying a few actual words back at us. She understands some noun phrases and even her movement has changed. She is wanting to be up on her feet, moving around the furniture or having us hold her hands up so she can walk. She has also been throwing more mini tantrums!
Well just a quick one from me today. More on play and the changing world of this stay at home dad soon.
What has been changing for you recently? Let me know in the comments and don’t forget the competition in the last post, it’s still going.
Until next time, dear reader.