The S-word – sleep – is in short supply as a parent. That elusive full night of sleep is a milestone we’re all desperate to hit from around 8 months pregnant (sleeping heavily pregnant is HARD), and it’s one that doesn’t often come as quickly as we’d like in the land of Motherhood.
The evening Tabby turned 9 months, we decided to try her in her cot. After months of co-sleeping, and with each night having multiple wake-ups, we came to the conclusion that we didn’t have much to lose… Past attempts had been thwarted, so I handed her over to Nick (there’s no way she would have let me put her down) and in she went. And she slept. All night – with one wake up!
It was a miracle.
It’s been over a week since this happened. We had three nights of sleep with only a handful of wake-ups, and I felt both simultaneously like I had been hit by a bus and like I was on top of the world! Sadly, her autumn cold is thwarting the early morning snoozing at the moment, but she’s still spending the evening asleep in there, which has given us (some very welcome) time together.
It’s bittersweet that our co-sleeping journey is coming to an end. As with most milestones when you’re on your last baby, each one reached is met with celebration and an odd sadness.
I keep saying to Nick “This will be the last time this happens”. I sobbed as I sorted through tiny baby clothes; keeping the special ones, or the items all three have worn, knowing that the next baby to wear these may well be a grandchild.
As she’s currently busy cruising around furniture and standing unaided, we’re awaiting another big milestone: her first steps. And then we’ll have our final walker. Three of them stomping around the woods in yellow wellies, which will be amazing and once again, bittersweet.
The Emma’s Diary website has lots of information about your baby’s milestones – as well as creating this great infographic below:
And don’t forget – all babies are unique and grow at different rates. Don’t worry if your little one doesn’t match this pattern exactly. They might be a few weeks ahead on some things and slightly behind on others. Busby first started walking at around 14 months, whereas H-Bear was 10 months old! It usually evens out over time. However, if you’re concerned that your child has missed one or more important milestones, speak to your health visitor or GP.