No, I’m not talking about electricity, we were one of the fortunate ones that did not lose power during hurricane Irene. I am talking about phases. Children always go through these phases. Being a mother of three I’ve learned that they do actually pass. The good phases and the bad phases. They come and they go. Do I miss my oldest dancing like Lord of the Dance to the opening jazz music of Monsters Inc.? Absolutely. Do I miss him at 9 months old screaming relentlessly at 3:00am? Absolutely not. The great thing about the first child is that the “let him cry it out” is an option. With the second and the third, not so much. We don’t need the whole household up. For the past 6 months my adorable little 2-year-old has developed a strong liking and need for Mommy. At bedtime, at 11:30pm, 1:30am, 3:00am, 4:30am. Needless to say I don’t really sleep. I move through my day on a caffeinated high. And he screams…I mean SCREAMS! To the point where my sleepy 4-year old says “please take him away.” So where does that little minion end up you ask. My bed. I curse myself for this. This is not acceptable.
For months I have been telling myself that this is just a phase. It will pass like all the other phases they go through. At month 3, I started to get really nervous. Is it ever going to end? Then month 4, month 5, and finally at month 6 I can now see the light. For the past few nights he climbs in bed and says “sweet dreams.” No getting out of bed five times and me having to put him back screaming. He lets his brothers sleep. It is unbelievable how much four consecutive hours of sleep can do for you. For the past few days I have felt so rejuvenated. I no longer feel like a walking zombie. I’m able to actually get up when the alarm goes off instead of hitting snooze five times and then packing up the kids and rushing to work. A load of laundry in and the dishwasher emptied BEFORE going to work…huge leap for me. I really think this phase it at its end…well I hope. I don’t want to jinx myself. So moms out there…the “phases,” they do pass. Embrace the ones you love and keep hope that the ones you hate will go away. And go away soon!