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Is it over yet? | The Wonder Weeks

My little girl has always been a great sleeper & a great eater. She has been on a very predictable routine (babywise =awesome awesome awesome) since we brought her home from the hospital & I credit this structure for helping shape her easygoing temperament. She knew when she was going to sleep & this gave me (and her) some peace of mind. She was pretty darn easy & still is, minus the not ever sitting still/destroying everything in her path part.

BUT…every so often she’d out of the blue

  • wake up at strange times or refuse naps all together
  • refuse to eat very much
  • get clingy & cranky
  • just could not be pleased

This was SO not normal for my angel of a baby. I started paying attention to these phases because they did not last long but they were EXHAUSTING. I had heard about a theory from a friend and sure enough, every single time we had one of these ‘blips’ it corresponded to a predictable “Wonder Week.”

The Wonder Weeks is a book that proposes a theory that there are “eight predictable age-linked leaps in your baby’s development” that cause all of the things I mentioned above. I never bought the book (just read the website) & it was dead on. It gave me such great relief to know this was normal & okay & would not last forever. WHEW. I always fear that my wonderful baby will someday not be wonderful. BUT–so far, she has reverted back to my happy girl every time. I encourage you to read a bit more about it, as I found it to be a pretty fascinating concept.

That being said, this week (week 55 for us) is another Wonder Week. There has been very little sleep, lots of cranky & plenty of new-found sass. Who knew a one-year-old could pitch a head banging fit? Um, yeah. She’s a feisty one. Just like her mom. Gotta love her.

& like my new lamp? I sure do! Off to tend to my non-napping child…productivity is at an all-time low this week!

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  • Jenna - I am a huge advocate of Babywise (or Preparation for Parenting – the Christian version, same authors)! I highly recommend continuing with Toddlerwise (The Toddlerhood Transition). Nicholas (2) is such a great kid, so much is due to the principles we learned from the Ezzo’s!ReplyCancel

  • Drea - Ahhh so its called a wonder week? :) I thought it was just a growth spurt hehe.

    After 3 boys Ive picked up on those times you are talking about. The 2nd and 3rd time around you automatically know :) which is nice because it puts you at ease that its normal… but never fun or easy.

    Owen JUST went through a wonder week. Was sleeping great, all night, then last week he was up at 2am, 4am… yeahh no fun. But hes fine now! Only lasted about 5 days.

    I notice in the 1st yr they hit these wonder weeks at like
    2 weeks
    4 weeks
    6 weeks
    3 mo
    5 mo

    and so on :)

    They got lots of growing and changes! so i suppose we’d all get cranky with all that growing too hehe.ReplyCancel

  • Sara - So cool to read that you did Babywise too! I’m not quite as Type A as you seem to be, but having our little guy on a schedule has been so fantastic. I can at least plan out my day because I know when he is going to need to eat and sleep.ReplyCancel

  • Tori @ - THANKS for the tip in advance! I had no idea! Makes perfect sense! Whopefully this will save me some headaches!ReplyCancel

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