Change is the only constant especially when you have a child. I whimpered a bit this morning when I realized that he has outgrown one of my favorite jackets. Seeing him every morning makes me wonder if last night was the night he grew again. Some of my favorite things in my house are now broken and long gone.
This adage is also true when it comes to phases. For kids, phases can consists of bouts of eating, sleeping or behavior patterns. My son just left a phase of going to bed early, waking up late and taking long naps. Now the phase is fight to go down, wake up early and fight the nap with all you got. I get that this means that the growth spurt is over, but I miss sleep so much.
Every morning when I get to work, I get asked if I have been crying. Nope, I am just tired. I have been wrestling with a young child trying to convince him to sleep. It's frustrating since I can tell he is tired. He is quick to whine and cry. He will sit on the couch denying that he is tired while rubbing his eyes.
My lack of sleep brings out the worst in me. I lose my temper easily. I find myself constantly forgetting to do important tasks. My memory jerks me awake at 3am to grab my cell phone to jot down notes. I am not quite sure if I am coming or going or a combination of both.
So if you a new parent or trying to become one, please take my advice, Don't get used to anything. Every night your child goes down without a fight is a gift. Enjoy it because it will not last. And when the bad phase lands on your household, take a deep breath and comfort in knowing that this too shall pass.