30 Days of Blogging, Day 5

I’m 99% sure that our recent sleep issues are due to the 18 month sleep regression. I know Avery’s only 16 (and a half) months, but she’s exhibiting all the signs. Her language is on the cusp of exploding, she’s got separation anxiety, and she just seems to be maturing into her terrible two’s right before our eyes  😛. 

As for the language boom, she says dozens of half words, like ca(t), mou(se), be(d) and ba(th). She’s also starting to sound out head, shoulders, knees, toes, eyes, ears, mouth, and nose (and elbow, belly button, and hair), while pointing to all of them (on herself, on us, on the cats, on dolls…). She has blurted out a few full words without the pressure of being put on the spot and questioned (like toys, elbow, and water). She does sound effects for dogs, cows, trucks, and squirrels (squeak!).  She has even tried to make the elephant noise.

All that learning has to be hard work on the brain, and it’s bound to leave her mind buzzing at night.

I’ll leave you with a random picture of her pulling my socks off today. She HATES wearing socks, and has recently started hating it when other people wear socks, too. 

4 thoughts on “30 Days of Blogging, Day 5

  1. Ugh, the 18 month sleep regression was the worst. Actually it was the only one we were 100% sure was a regression, it was just so bad. It also hit us early, and lasted maybe 6 weeks? I think she cut her first molars around the same time, which made it even worse. Does Avery have her first molars yet?

    J hates socks, too! And mitts, and hats… I think we let her be naked too much in the summer and now she doesn’t like the feeling of being encumbered by clothing.
    Wishing you sleep… I can say that after the regression, things were much better. We also switched to a toddler bed right after it ended, so that might have had something to do with it. Is the toddler bed working out for you?

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    • Thanks! It’s nice to know when it ended for other people. Avery has all 16 teeth that we can expect until she’s 2(ish). Getting those molars was a rough time, so I can imagine how bad it was coupled with the sleep regression!
      So far the toddler bed is working well. She still wakes every 2-3 hours but for most of the wakeups she can be settled with a hand on her chest and being told to lay down and go back to sleep. She gets one or two feeds in the night depending on how awake she is and how much help she needs to get back to sleep. So far she hasn’t tried to escape the bed to play in the middle of the night, and seems much happier to go into the bed than she ever did with the crib!


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