Do you know any siblings who are about 17 to 20 months apart? I don’t know many – maybe one or two who were planned. And I think I know the answer why….
Yes, that monster that invades your baby around 8 months old and starts waking her up – and you up – in the middle of the night. Your baby has been sleeping through the night, hopefully, for several months now, but then boom … for weeks and months your baby now needs to wake up at 11:30pm, 1:45am, 3:51am, who knows (and it’s never the same time), and cry, fuss, be inconsolable (they are suffering, I know, and I feel terrible for the poor squealing sweetheart!).
It’s one of those times that really tests a parent. Just when you start to forget what it was like to wake up during the night with a newborn, reality vividly strikes your life again. And again. And … again. You feel even more groggy now than you were when Baby was 1mo because you’ve been living the life of a full night’s sleep for months. I don’t know about the rest of you, but I can barely find my glasses on my bedside table at that hour, and the once well-trod path from our door to baby’s is full of unknown creaks and obstacles now. Hurray, teeth!
So while people will debate condoms versus birth control, I offer the trump: a teething baby. That will keep ya from having another one anytime soon….
P.S. I love my baby. I do – more than anything. She’s a squishy, puffy, ball of cuteness that I can’t imagine my life without. But at 3:24am I do love her just a mite less. Just a mite….