Oh, Bubble

Since Jaxson will be 18 months at the end of July, we were expecting him to hit a pretty big growth spurt this month. So far it seems like he’s gotten taller, heavier, smarter, and more handsome (but we could be biased). Coming along with all these good things is the fact that his molars are all pretty much in, which means his canine teeth should start making their appearance soon. You can feel the ones up top starting to move down although they aren’t yet poking through. Compared to some of his past growth spurts, this one isn’t too bad, but of course, sleepless nights accompany his growth spurts and it’s been almost two weeks now of him waking up early yelling (5, 5:30) and/or being up throughout the night, “talking” and tossing and turning. Keeping the monitor on at night has become a burden more or less, since it picks up every sound he makes, so for our sanity I told J to turn it off last night so we wouldn’t be kept up all night by each sigh and shuffle coming from our son, thinking maybe we could get more than two hours of uninterrupted sleep.

Of course, he was up at 5:30 again this morning, screaming. We could hear him from our room, so I hopped out of bed and grabbed the monitor from J’s nightstand, turned it on, and saw him standing up in the crib. He had laid his head down on the crib rail and was using MoMo as a pillow, and yelling. I pushed the button to talk to him and said, “Jax, baby, lay down and go back to sleep”. I waited a second, and then he basically collapsed (for lack of a better word) back onto his mattress, snuggled up with MoMo. He didn’t move for a minute, and I thought he’d fallen back asleep. A moment later he was tossing and turning, rolling around the crib, adjusting until he found his star pillow to snuggle up with, and then I heard his small, sweet voice contentedly sigh “Oh, bubble”, which is what he calls pillows. And then, he was fast asleep, for real this time.

I think he may be sleepwalking a little, or at least doing things like standing up and whatnot without necessarily realizing he’s doing it or being fully awake. We’ve come to expect it with his growth spurts and with learning new skills, like climbing and running, and I think his brain is just rehearsing at a most inconvenient time for all of us. It’s annoying and wearisome when he wakes up like this, yet I couldn’t help but smile when he whispered “Oh, bubble” and happily curled up fast asleep with his pillow and MoMo. If only it were that easy for us adults! It’s moments like these that I never want to forget, although I’d gladly forgo the tiredness that comes with it. 🙂


2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Lindsay
    Jul 24, 2014 @ 19:45:49

    These growth spurts sure are brutal. But all the great stuff that comes after them makes it so worth it! But like you, I sure do wish they could do less of the processing through the night!


  2. Billie-Greatgrandma
    Jul 24, 2014 @ 22:23:29

    Oh my gosh that is so sweet…….”Oh Bubble” I love that.


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