Sleep Victory

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Thanksgiving is this week.  I am thankful for many things.  My beautiful family.  Health.  Jesus… Another thing I am thankful for this week is SLEEP. 

My husband and I have never been good sleepers.  Ever.  Though there was a time not so long ago that I would fall asleep as soon as my head would hit the pillow and stay asleep until my child started crying again…

Apparently fifteen months is the magic age.  Clarissa has finally learned to sleep through the night.  We have had seven awesome nights.  In a row.  This is her longest streak ever.  And I am believing (hoping beyond hope and crossing my fingers as hard as I can)  that this is permanent.  She has even had three days in this same week that included two hour naps.  Normally,  I am lucky to get a one hour nap out of this kid!

Rest assured tired moms,  your sleep will come.  You are doing it right!  Your child just isn’t ready yet.  Remember that your child cannot read the books by the sleep experts.  He doesn’t know what he is “supposed”  to do.

Clarissa has had the same bedtime routine for months.  Truth be told,  she has been sleeping well for a few months.  She would fall asleep between 10-11 each night and would wake up to nurse once.  I have not changed her evening routine at all.

The only thing that has changed is that she gave up her mid-afternoon nursing.  If I had known it would be this easy… I would not change a thing.  I enjoy our time together.  I like watching her little personality grow and change.  I knew she would do it when she was ready.

So hang in there mom.  It will happen eventually.  In the meantime,  enjoy this season.  And take all the naps you can get.  There is no shame in sleeping when you can. Drink coffee and ask for help when you need it.  Do what you need to do to take care of yourself so you can take care of your family.  You are doing an awesome job!

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