I don’t know why I was never aware of the growth spurt before Nathan hit 3 weeks and I thought I had broken him. He forced me to go on line and figure out what in the hell was wrong with my baby. Answer: Growth Spurt.
Maybe the Mom’s in my life only shared this kind of darkness with eachother, or maybe they just chalked it up to my kid can’t/won’t sleep and never looked for a reason. Whatever the reason, thanks for the warning. Sheesh!
I can’t remember the last time Nathan slept through the night but this is an entirely different monster. For the past 3 nights he has been awake more and more. From getting up 4 times the first, then he was up ever two hours the second, last night I saw every hour. He only took his morning nap yesterday, he typically takes 3 naps per day. He was whiny cranky pissy pants all dang day so I once again asked Moxie and babycenter and found that putting him down one hour before his normal bedtime can sometimes help. HA! What is looking more like the truth is Nathan is rocked to the core by these spurts, Moxie says that some kids can have one night, one week or 3-4 weeks of disrupted sleep in advance of these spurts.
My Mom thinks I’m crazy, “you kids grew in your sleep what are you talking about?” I hear her, she cant be too far off since I really had no idea that this could be such a big deal. It is. I am also annoyed that it’s not even mentioned in What to Expect the first year. Why not? Is it rare for this to happen?
What bugs me isn’t the lack of sleep and the cranky baby, really. What bugs me is that had I not gone to find the answer myself I would be mad at my kid. Why the hell won’t you sleep, you’re not hungry, you’re clearly exhausted, what gives. Cue me loosing my head. But, because I understand what is going on with him I can deal with it. I am loosing my mind but not at all toward the baby, I know that nothing is wrong with him and he doesn’t need anything, I haven’t spoiled him, etc. He just needs help while he tries to get thru this.
So, here I am so dang tired you would think this baby were 2 weeks old, learning to be a Mom. A patient, clam, Mom. Still, I hope we are on the other side of this SOON!
Talk to me Mom’s. Did this affect your kids, did you know about the spurts before hand? If so, how? Also, if this was mentioned in your book(s) which one(s)?