Emmett has been a fussy mess that doesn’t want to sleep anymore. Once we eliminated all medical possibilities, we started getting extremely frustrated trying to figure out what was going on. Then it hit me: he’s probably going through a leap!
I’m referring to the first leap that Wonder Weeks talks about: The World of Changing Sensations. If you don’t know what Wonder Weeks is, its based on research of newborn development. There are 10 predictable leaps that one goes through in the first 20 months of their life. Each leap changes a child’s mental development. The information doesn’t replace going to the doctor if necessary. It does, however, help us to understand what’s going on. That knowledge allows me to be more patient when dealing with him and our older boys.
Emmett has become very focused on the world around him. We often say he’s becoming nosey. In reality he’s starting to become more aware of the happenings around him. He’s awake for longer stretches, he’s reacting to people and things differently, and he obviously can see more than he has been able to in the past. All of this has noticeably influenced his sleep.
Naps have been short and rarely outside of our embrace. Babywearing has helped, but sometimes that just doesn’t cut it. I spent all yesterday trying to get him to sleep. It is looking like today will be the same. Sleep is so important for us all. I can’t wait to get him back to actually sleeping. If he sleeps and is in a good mood, we all sleep and are in a good mood. With a preschooler and toddler as well, I need as much sleep as I can get. According to Wonder Weeks today is the last day of his leap. I’m looking forward to the next few weeks before leap number two. Mama needs a break.