It has been at least a few weeks since Avery has slept through the night. The three month sleep regression is no joke. As she learns new tricks and hits those growth spurts, her sleep during the night has decreased and our time together nursing in the wee morning hours have increased.
Although the lack of sleep can be really exhausting during the day, I am not at all upset about it. I actually really enjoy that she wakes up in the middle of the night to nurse.
You would have never heard me say that two years ago with my first daughter. I loved my sleep too much to say it. I am much more sleep deprived now with two kids than I was two years ago with one. But what I’ve come to realize during motherhood this second time around, is that time passes way too quickly to worry about lack of sleep.
I will only have a few more months (if that) of Avery and I getting quiet alone time together without anyone interrupting us. Before I know it, she will be sleeping through the night again. Although I will catching a few more zzz’s, I’ll be missing out on that special time we have together.
As we sit together in those early morning hours and she quietly nurses, I sit and stare at her in the lightly dimmed room. It’s as if we both have not a care in the world. It’s our bonding time. Just a time for both of us to share that one on one time that we very rarely get.
You see, I have a little bit of mom guilt because Avery and I don’t get the alone time like Harlan and I did when she was born. I know that it’s impossible for that to happen because she isn’t the only little one in the family. But it is still something that tugs at my heart a little bit. We are together all the time during the day, but I have to share my time with Harlan who also needs my love and attention. That’s why I cherish the time that her and I do get alone, even if it is at 3am when both of us should be asleep.
These moments will be gone before we know it. So why not stop and enjoy them while they last?
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