The wet season is over, the dry season is here. This is by far my favourite time of year.
It’s cool of an evening and in the morning but lovely warm and sunny in the day. Slowly the grass will turn crispy under foot.
It’s perfect weather to grow tomatoes, I should get onto that.
This dry season as opposed to last I have two walking one talking toddlers. I am so much closer to getting my drivers license. And I’m much more confident in myself and my parenting. I’m no longer in survival mode, I’m thriving!
I have 29 hours of driving left to do. Only 29 hours! I can do that!
I get a little bit more sleep, though it is unpredictable and some nights he sleeps through and other nights he doesn’t.
And I’m happier. And I’m healthier.
We’ve made big decisions. No more babies. We now have permanent contraception in place. Well, hubby does, I suppose I could have a love child if he were to deploy overseas, but that would require a lot of effort and I’m very lazy lol
I got my very first assignment back 30/30! Take that previous commenters who called me uneducated and picked on my grammar!
So we’re going well. I’m feeling okay about this wonder week. But I’m just at the beginning, ask me how I feel next week
Well he’s cranky, he’s clingy, he’s waking up overnight a lot more, he’s waking early in the morning and staying awake, he’s catnapping again.
Welcome to the wonder week know as Programs or as I’m calling this “Not Again Does This Shit Ever End.”
I had no idea what wonder weeks were when I had my daughter, from 4 months onwards she was just such an easy going little thing. Teething didn’t bother her and she self-settled without a cry from very early on. She is just so much more independent then him.
But DS, he doesn’t like change, he doesn’t cope. And any change in his body really upsets him, and his sleep.
Today, I am exhausted. It was the one day I could have really done with a nap and my toddler decides she won’t have her usual 4 hour day sleep today, she wants to play dress ups instead. I fell asleep in her bed. I woke up to her pretending to fart in my face.
The kitchen is a mess. The living room has been taken over by a mountain of laundry that needs folding. I can feel a hormonal migraine coming on. And the boy wants to breastfeed All. Day. Long.
This too shall pass.
I’ve now been through a few and amchoking through one with my won right now. Wonder weeks are testing for mothers and their babies, so how do you survive? With this simple kit.
- Coffee – sleep is a poor substitute for caffeine. If you don’t drink coffee then feel free to kid yourself with tea.
- Chocolate – any kind will do.
- Tissues -chances are, you’re going to cry.
- Time to yourself – a wonder week is no time to be a martyr. You need a break to relax and recharge.
- Teething remedies – whatever they might be for your family, trying to ride out teething AND a wonder week will be painful for all involved.
- Patience – by the bucketload.
- Acceptance – your house will probably be a mess, let it go, perfect homes happen in magazines not real life. Yes the dishes and laundry have to be done and certainly meals must be cooked, scrubbing the grout or washing the windows can wait, trust me.
- Playdates – have someone over or get out of the house, it’simportant to still see people and touch base with other people.
- Support – either online or in real life. Find people you can vent to without judgement and who get it.
- A photo of a moment when you felt intense love for your child – I look at newborn photos, it snaps me out of that cranky cycle. Don’t pick photos of your baby sleeping, you’ll just get annoyed that they could do it then but can’t do it now .
This will pass, it really will. You will get a full nights sleep again. A wonder week is your child’s brain taking in new info so they can learn something new. It will pass. At least that’s what I keep telling myself.
Welcome to the wonder week. Sequences or as I like to call it, hell on earth. And we haven’t even hit the storm cloud yet.
As well as crying, clinging and crap sleep the app tells me that other signs and symptoms of this leap:
Your baby is angry when you put him down;
Plays with emotions, such as naughty or nice, to get your attention (does that ‘not knowingly!’)
Sits quietly, daydreaming;
Often sucks the thumb;
Cries more often, is cranky, grumpy or moody;
Is whining more often.
So last night we were up hourly from 2am. At one point I woke up in my bed only to not remember getting into bed or going to sleep.
I could feel myself tensing, I could feel myself getting angry. So I forced myself to think back to where I was this time last year. I was lying in a hospital bed often awake at around 1/2am as that’s when my daughter use to wake for a bottle, and I would feed her back to sleep. This time last year all I wanted was to be home, to feed her back to sleep and to have those quiet night time cuddles. Turns out I’ve got everything l want. And thinking that was humbling and made me relax, take a deep breath and continue.
And when he woke at 5am, DH got up and took him for a while and I slept. Then I got up and DH made breakfast while I watched a movie with the children. Then we ate. Then he cleaned up while DD and I did a craft project. I am so thankful for his help this morning. And for coffee.
Wonder weeks, we’re in this together, and as long as I relax then we will be fine.
The sequences wonder week is coming at me fast. It feels like the last one just passed, like we’re F-I-N-A-L-L-Y giving me a decent sleep and playing independently for a decent amount of time each day. But soon he’ll be cranky, clingy and crying. Boo hiss!
We’re also in full on toilet training mode. Which is going ever so slowly.
So I’ve given myself a good talking to. Negative attitude be gone, think positive and positive things should happen. Wonder weeks are temporary and soon DD will be using the toilet like a pro.
I’ll probably chuck a tantrum of my own between now and the end of the wonder week, but no one is perfect. Though I’ll try my very best to remain calm.
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Woke up this morning to storm clouds on the horizon outside and this on my iPhone -
It seems it goes teething wonder weeking teething wonder weeking and oh lucky me the big yucky storm cloud is my Christmas gift. Joy.
And right when MoPS finishes to, boy this boy has terrible timing.
This will be a short one today as my little angel is biting my shoulder while I attempt to blog, little charmer that he is. Are those new teeth that I feel or are the two he already had just particularly sharp today
But he truly is a delightful boy, he smiles with his whole face it’s very very cute. He looks so angelic when he sleeps. He loves his mummy. He truly is lovely.
Some days it pays to remind myself -