3 months. The mark I have been waiting three months for. Almost everyone I had spoken to during the first month of sleepless nights had assured me that almost all babies are sleeping through the night by the end of three months. Their words offered me hope and carried me through those grueling nights when sleeping for three hours straight felt like a dream come true. "3 months, 3 months," I'd recite to myself as I stumbled into the nursery at 1am, then 3am, and again at 5am. Well, here we are at 3 months and 8 days and I'm beginning to question what "through the night" really means.
Apparently, it doesn't necessarily mean what I thought I was being promised. Liars! To me, "through the night" means when she wakes up, it's not dark outside. But according to the "experts", "through the night" means the baby sleeps for a 5-6 hour block. According to this theology, if Aubrey goes to bed at 10, she will be awake at 3. And lucky me, my daughter likes to play by the rules. She wakes up screaming like clockwork. If she goes to bed at 9:45, she's up at 2:45. This is NOT through the night! The most frustrating part is that there ARE nights when she will sleep for 8 or 9 hours straight, so I know she is capable of it!
And for all of you whose babies were sleeping through the night (whatever the heck that means) by the end of the first month, I don't want to hear it. And for all of you whose babies were still NOT sleeping through the night at ten months, I really don't want to hear it! All I want to hear is the sound of silence at 3am again.
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