I’ve heard a rumor. At least, I hope it’s a rumor. Because if not, then I’m in for a lot less sleep than I’ve grown accustomed to getting. Which, frankly, was a whole lot more than I prepared myself for. While pregnant, I heard plenty of parents say, “Get your sleep now while you still can!” So I did, and I assumed that I would be lucky to get any sleep at all, let alone 2-3 hours total. And yes, I heard that I should “sleep when baby sleeps”, but that’s not always an option. Because when your newborn finally drifts off to dreamland during the day, there are a dozen other things you want to do with that time. Even if sleep does happen during the day, which is a long shot for me, I wake up more tired and irritable than before.
Fortunately, my dream baby has been sleeping for 5-7 hour increments during the night since week two. Which means I’ve been averaging 7-9 hours of sleep total, and I’m extremely grateful for that. When I catch myself being annoyed by being woken up only once or twice in the night, I’m quickly reminded by my dear husband (and later by our pediatrician) that this is not normal and I should enjoy it.
But now I hear that there’s something called “sleep regression” that occurs around the four-month mark. And guess who will be reaching that milestone by the end of the month? My dear son, Rowan. According to friends, blogs, and online forums, there’s no way to tell how long it will last, but I’m assured it’s temporary and survivable. One mom wrote she lost track of how long it lasted for her son “after 10 weeks.” Um, at that point does it still count as temporary regression?
I think I could handle this time period if I knew there would be an end in sight. Like with morning sickness – it would be over in the second trimester, so it didn’t seem so bad during the first. But an indefinite sleep regression? I don’t know how to prepare for that.
Hopefully it will turn out better than I anticipate. I tend to overly dread events, and then when they happen they’re not as awful as I built up in my mind. Like labor and delivery. And newborn sleep cycles. It’ll be just like that, right? Right?