Brooke is finally getting out of the stage of fighting her naps, thank God! If you’re a parent you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. To start, you have this perfect little sleeper. You are able to put them in their bed and they will literally just fall asleep in seconds. You start to think to yourself; “finally, this parenting thing is starting to go my way for once.” Wrong! You get maybe a couple of weeks of pure blissful sleep. Then it all changes.
One thing I have learned so far in this parenting journey is that it’s all over the map! Before having a child I thought I had all the answers. Oh my God you guys, was I ever wrong. I seriously thought things would only get better and better until they were perfect. Sleep for instance, I thought babies NEVER slept well and then when the toddler days arrived sleep would improve. I knew nothing about developmental leaps, teething issues, or ear infections. I know if you’re a parent reading this you’re probably laughing your ass off. I am too!
Brooke goes through these “stages” of sleeping like a champ to completely boycotting sleep all together. I never know when it’s going to change so I’ve learned to just go with the flow now. It seriously use to frustrate me to no end when she’d be awake every night thinking it was time to play. Now I enjoy the extra cuddles and laughs. Because let’s be honest, I’ll take a happy toddler in the middle of the night over a cranky one.
Let’s not forget about those nights where your toddler wakes up with a spiked temperature and an inflamed ear. Those are living nightmares in our household. Not to mention it’s almost impossible to get Brooke to take her medicine when she needs it, which means we can all kiss sleep goodbye for the next three days.
I guess what I’m trying to say is hang in there! I know parenting is tough, and I’m only in the toddler stages. In today’s world being a parent means people will judge you on the things you do and the things you don’t. Only you know what’s best for that little munchkin and you’re doing great.