The quote from my favorite comedian, Mike Birbiglia, really says it best. The Child was such a good sleeper, and I LOVED it. In bed, by 9:30, up around 8:30. I was always so happy to say how well she slept when the weary moms in my parenting group asked about it. And, what I should have said was nothing. Because karma is a *****. You can fill in that blank yourself.
The past month or so, The Child has started waking up around 3 am. Sometimes just to be rocked back to sleep, sometimes for a 2 hour fussy/feeding marathon. She isn't fully awake, but she is screaming, and crying, and most definitely NOT calming down by herself. However, last night we took it to a whole new level.
The bedtime routine started off fine. A little early, but the "load up on cereal, fruit and veggies," bath, book, nurse, and sleep" routine was in tact. And by about 9:00, she was in her crib. And then she woke up at 11. Another 3 HOURS went by before she was finally asleep. And those were not pleasant 3 hours. They were filled with her screaming, fighting, refusing to do anything but nurse or sit and play with her toys. Asleep by 2 AM, and at 3:30, she was up again for her "normal" midnight fussing. Oh, and she was up for the day at 9:30, as if nothing happened.
I thought babies needed lots of sleep. Apparently not the Sleepless Wonder that is my child. Thank goodness for home brewed Starbucks.