It's no secret that my child isn't the world's most perfect sleeper. From the word go, she woke every few hours and it wasn't until she was 12 months that she finally slept through the night. Even now, she's not the best sleeper, but I take her as she is and indulge in naps during the days to keep my sanity.
I admit that when my friends talk about their child sleeping through the night from the second they came home from the hospital, my eyes narrow and my mouth gets that squinty, pissed off look. I grumble under my breath and rejoice when people complain that their perfect bundles of joy have suddenly stop sleeping so perfectly.
But alas, my child now sleep better than before.
My point is, I've learned to deal with it. I roll with the punches she's hands out and adapt when necessary. So this weekend when she had to get up earlier than her normal 930am wake up call, I did a happy dance because early wake up leads to early nap and ultimately results in early bedtime.
I should've known better, I really should have.
Both times this weekend that she went to bed early went horribly horribly wrong. Both saturday and sunday, Roo was asleep before 830pm and both saturday and sunday she slept HORRIBLE!!!!!!!!! So bad that I had to resort to nursing her back to sleep multiple times!! Something I swore I'd never do because as soon as I cut off the night feedings, she started sleeping through the night. Both my husband and I were soooo exhausted from this sudden change of sleeping, we were literally dragging ass all weekend unable to do anything exciting.
So last night rolls around and Roo is no where near tired come 830pm... so she stays up until 1030pm when she blissfully falls asleep in her crib. She slept until 700am without a peep! I woke up this morning feeling soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo refreshed... and soooooooooooooo happy! I bounced out of bed and did the happy dance then and there. I pulled her into bed with us and she and I slept until 930am.
The moral of this story is that my daughter is a night owl and if it means a late bedtime for her gives me more sleep and more peace in the middle of the night (because I am veeeerrrrryyyy crabby in the middle of the night), then so be it! My child will stay up late and that is that.
And it is.