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Talent Revisited

August 2, 2007 10:33 am
Posted by: heather

So when Jace was first born, you may remember that he had a talent for sleeping. Problem was that back then he liked to fall asleep while eating. Well, he grew out of that pretty quickly when he realized how yummy milk was and that he really should get as much as he could while the bar tap was open for business.

In the past week or so he has rediscovered the joy of sleeping. But at a much more opportune time (or at least from my point of view) Our son slept for 7 1/2 hours last night! And this isn’t the first time he has gone for long stretches. There have been some 5 and 6 hr nights interspersed in the last 2 weeks. Now some will say that, since I have spoken this aloud (or typed it aloud anyways),  I have angered the sleep gods and cursed us so he won’t do it again. Perhaps that is true and, if so, I will be sad but I wanted to celebrate with you.

Of course, all this good sleep comes at a price. He was a very fussybutt yesterday afternoon and evening. He ate every hour or so and, when he wasn’t eating, he had to be on your shoulder being bounced or walked otherwise he screamed. And forget about naps in his crib or swing. This kid will only sleep at night or if he is attached to you in the sling or baby bjorn. We have to put him in, go for a walk and then, maybe, he will fall asleep for a little while. And you can’t put him down once he is asleep. Oh no. He immediately notices that he is no longer attached to mommy (or daddy) and wakes up. Now I can get some stuff done with him attached. Like right now I am typing (albeit with lots of typos). However, it is really hot in Boston right now. Even with the air conditioning on, it gets really hot with a monkey snuggled up to your chest.

But as I said, he slept for 7 1/2 hrs last night so who am I to complain.

One Response to “Talent Revisited”

Holly Stephens wrote a comment on August 2, 2007

You are SOOOOO lucky! Even if he does revert. I don’t think I had more than 4 hours of consecutive sleep until 4 months, and then it was only a few weeks, on and off, and then we were back to a middle-of-the-night feeding. Last week (5.5 months), we decided enough was enough, and the kid (17.5 lbs) was certainly getting enough food, so we weaned him off that middle-of-the-night feeding. There was a horrible amount of gut-wrenching crying that first night, and 2 other nights, but last night he actually slept 8 hrs! Now if only I could train my breasts to go that long…

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