Sleeping through the night | Little Explorer | Living Essência

"Is your baby sleeping through the night yet?" We probably heard this questions since we took our newborn home :p What about you, is your baby, toddler, teenager... sleeping through the night yet? No matter your answer, I think you will like this post. It's not about sleep training, or about rights and wrongs. Just a mom sharing real life story about motherhood... and sleep.

Raise your hand if you want a full night of sleep (and breakfast in bed too?) for Mother's Day this year? \o/

Well, when our baby was tiny, she was a good sleeper. She would go long stretches at night and all. Sometimes even 6, 7 hours. Then one day a friend told me about her friend's baby, who slept great until 3 months old, then a developmental leap came around and he never slept well again. Of course, that wouldn't happen to us, right? Except, it did! Something flipped on this little girl's sleep switch and she suddenly realized there was just too much world to be seen (and so much milk to be had). Day and night, she decided sleep wasn't needed anymore.

Long story short, she started taking cat naps throughout the day and wake up a lot during the night. We would spend more time making her fall asleep than she would stay asleep :p  Thank goodness for an awesome husband and father, who took turns with me (even when all she wanted was her mamãe).

I knew one day that would stop. Because, my friends, we gotta have hope!

Oh well... When things started getting better, we moved to a little cabin, which means no doors in the "rooms". She learned to jump out of her pack n play too soon and we thought we wouldn't bother assembling her crib (which wouldn't fit in her "room" anyways). So we got her a big girl bed (AKA her mattress on the floor) and that was a whole new adventure, but I won't bother you with that.

I can't remember when exactly, but somewhere around 20 and 22 months old is when she started sleeping through the night routinely. Those were the super-early-morning-days. Little early riser started waking up earlieeer. Of course, nobody needs too much sleep, right!? No matter what time she went to bed, she would wake up between 5 and 6 am every morning.

Now, I tell you all of that for two reasons: 1- There is hope! If you have a child who doesn't sleep through the night or wakes up super early, I want you to know that there is hope. It will take a few extra deep breaths, cups of coffee, Ningxia, or whatever it is that helps you, but keep doing your good work and don't give up. It will get better. 2- because I had all these pictures of this sweet memory I don't ever want to forget, and wanted to share my happy story with you. :)

Fast forward to now that we are two and have been sleeping through the night regularly, 7am is not sleep in anymore, but our normal wake up time, and some mornings, we sleep in until 8:30. That's what I'm talking about!

Every morning she climbs up on our bed to let us know she is awake. Some mornings, she sleeps a few more minutes with us, others she just hangs out awake, or she tells us she is hungry and we should get her breakfast ready ASAP. There are also days when I wake up, prepare breakfast while she is still asleep (those days are rare, but the fact that they happen is impressive!). One morning, she even woke me up to tell me I could keep sleeping and went on to play with our dog! Of course, this doesn't happen very often. 

One of my favorite memories, is getting out of bed and noticing a happy girl plaing peekaboo with her foot, singing and rocking her baby doll to sleep and then playing with a toy car she discovered was by the window.

You see, if we have a good sleeper now, there is a good chance you will have one too. Or, I may just have jinxed it by sharing this publicly. We shall see.

You see, if we have a good sleeper now, there is a good chance you will have one too. Or, I may just have jinxed it by sharing this publicly. We shall see.


Photography by Taila specializes in photographing toddlers, seniors and couples, serving Austin, TX and surrounding areas including but not limited to Dripping Springs, Wimberley, Buda, Kyle, San Marcos, New Braunfels and San Antonio.

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