About a week ago I started to see some buzz about daylight savings time. Funny memes and snide comments were being passed around my favorite mommy blogs and fb groups. I gave it zeros of attention because, for the past 29 years of my life, “fall back” is one of my favorite days of the year! A whole extra hour of sleep!!!
They were not wrong with the jokes.
Heaven help us.
Turns out, having a 10 month old (who, by the way, is not sleeping great ANYWAY) is not the best strategy for enjoying this yearly tradition. It’s Thursday and we’re still out of whack. Yesterday, Hugo got up at 5:30am, like wide awake “Hi Mom! Mom! Mom!”, then he was grouchy and ready for a nap at 8am, then skipped his afternoon nap, by 8pm I texted Josh that I was going to bed. This morning he got up to eat around 5:30am again, thankfully he fell back asleep.
Me? Well, I’m here typing this blog post.
Babies are the best!
We’re in a funky little season of life right now. Sleep regression has gone on for about 10+ weeks. I’ve tried adding in baby food, cutting out my caffeine in the afternoons, earlier bedtime, dream feeds, etc. He has just decided that he must nurse every 3 hours around the clock (someone please tell me I get extra calories burned for my efforts???). We’ve also done a fair amount of traveling as a family, and the flights and unfamiliar places have not helped with our sleeping routines.
Yes, I am still exclusively breastfeeding at 10 months. It’s a little unconventional, and I think that most are concerned that that isn’t enough to satisfy a growing kiddo or gross (seriously?!?). We have been feeding him some baby food, but it’s hard on his little tummy and his teeth haven’t come in yet, I feel strongly that the right thing for us is that he continue to nurse. It’s different for each mother and baby, but at the same time it is definitely a myth that ALL older babies must stop nursing because they need the additional calories from food. Breastmilk has the ability to constantly adapt to the nutritional needs of each specific child. That goes for amount as well, as he began nursing every 3 instead of 4 hours, it took about a week for my supply to catch up and we were back in sync. Breastfeeding has been one of the hardest/most rewarding things I’ve done. There are times I look back and I can’t believe that I’ve solely sustained this little guy for the last 19+ months (including pregnancy). My birth felt like a giant failure in a lot of ways and breastfeeding has some how been a bit redeeming for me, having to push through the pain and inconvenience at times and still see that he is thriving and healthy. I’m grateful.
And for the record, I share because I care about healthy mama’s and babies, not to shame other moms or because I think there’s only one way to feed/raise a child. Every mom has a different experience with pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding. I think us moms are really hard on ourselves (I know I am). FED IS BEST. When it comes anything related to motherhood and childrearing, I think you do what you can and pray for wisdom and grace to cover the rest. I’m slowly learning that.
My little critter just woke up and I’ve need to go wash this masque off of my face.
Hoping your thursday is a great one. I’m off to run errands and perhaps find a little “pain au chocolat” to brighten this rainy day!