over the weekend, holden got his bottom right molar and a bottom eye tooth, and it appears that the remaining gummy space in his mouth is going to erupt in teeth any minute. his mouth looks swollen from the outside and i can only imagine how it must feel to have a bunch of teeth break through all at once. for the most part he has been taking the pain like a champ, but he has his moments when i can tell that he is in pain and frustrated, and when i ask him "what's ouchie?", he points to his mouth. this recent bout of teething is causing him to be a little restless at night and want mama's comfort a little more than usual, and i'm having a hard time coping with being woken at night (the fact that i go to bed after midnight every night probably isn't helping or may be the real problem at hand).
it's funny how quickly we forget what it's like to go without a full night's sleep, how quickly we forget what it's like to be woken frequently throughout the night, and how quickly this interrupted sleep affects you. so far, i have almost burned down the house twice, leaving the the oven on all day and leaving the curling iron on for a few hours. and these mishaps have occurred after mere week of slightly arrested slumber. i've found myself wondering how i survived those early months of holden's life?
or perhaps it's not just waking up in the middle of the night, but the combination of the teething that is impeding my nighttime sleep and the lack of afternoon downtime i've had in the last week due to a play-obsessed boy refusing all afternoon naps that is causing my brain to not function properly. at the same time that he began waking up at night due to teething, holden determined that he no longer wants or needs an afternoon nap. he will literally point to the door and say something that sounds like "out? " to which i say no and continue attempting to rock him to sleep. there are windows of time when he seems tired, but after resting his eyes for a few moments, he will suddenly get a spurt of energy and pop up off my chest in a fitful of giggles.
does this mean that he is transitioning to one nap? is this the age (13 months) that they make the transition from two naps to one? if he is transitioning, do i need to hold off his morning nap until later in the day? or could all of these sleep changes be due to teething? any other mamas have any insight?
p.s. i dip-dyed a random t-shirt that was in holden's closet to match mine. although not as ombre as i would have liked, i think it turned out pretty well. what do you think?