We’re there yet again: this week feels like the 5 month sleep regression we had months ago. Many babies hit this around 4 months, when they finally start to sleep better and then regress even though they’re perfectly healthy. We moved Dilan to his own room at 5 months and hit the regression then. There’s not much you can do about it. We basically do some extra rocking, soothing, and give lots of extra cuddles, especially at bed time. There’s a reason why babies hit this type of regression.
The Wonder Weeks explains regression in a ton of detail. I’ve only read a few chapters of the book, but the gist of it is that there are certain weeks when babies go through developmental growth spurts. They focus so much on progressing new skills like rolling over, grasping objects, crawling, and babbling that they regress when it comes to sleep. They also tend to be extra fussy and clingy. Some kids aren’t sensitive to this at all, but we noticed early on that Dilan is just textbook when it comes to wonder weeks. He’s hit every single one of them and is definitely in one right now. It’s a combo of us traveling with him and disrupting his routine, him trying to master the skills of walking and talking, and then he’s teething on top of everything.
So how do we deal with this? First, a ton more attention for Dilan and when it comes to us, all bets are off with latte and beer consumption. Eat that extra chocolate chip cookie. Drink that glass of wine. Stay in pajamas all weekend. Eat take-out twice in a row for goodness sake. Brace yourself for hours of whining, clinginess, and heavily interrupted sleep (if you’re lucky enough to get any in the first place). When the dust settles you’ll have a baby who can do cool new stuff. Anil and I somehow managed to get two cardio sessions each in this weekend. I think that helps a ton with minimizing crankiness in the house and keeping energy levels up. But there have definitely been weekends where we did the absolute bare minimum. This isn’t the end of the world. Just don’t expect Cialis commercial-like smiles from your spouse all day and you’ll be ok. Like everything else, this too shall pass. Now someone hold me?