Hello friends, sorry for going dark on the blog last week but Miles has been going through a little growth spurt which has made it hard to sit down and blog. Miles is in his 4th leap right now which is a major brain development stage. It also means he is extra fussy, wants lots of snuggles, and has a major case of sleep regression; all common during a developmental leap.
During leaps like this it can be hard to find time for yourself. Finding time to eat, check your sugar, get something to drink, go to the bathroom, and get some sleep all fall to the wayside. And when he does finally go down for a nap or is playing by himself peacefully your brain almost gets overwhelmed with the thought of, which basic need of survival do I fulfill first?, and you just freeze. Brain.can.not.compute.
And before you know it, he’s awake. Or fussy. Or hungry. Or wants to be held. Or rocked.
Motherhood is demanding during these leaps.
But just when you think it’s about to break you, you get a smile or a coo that completely melts your heart and re-energizes you.
Tips For Surviving Developmental Leaps
During leaps like this I have found it SUPER helpful to be wearing my dexcom, that way I don’t have to check my sugar as much. One survival need checked off.
I also try to make quick grab foods in advanced so that I can grab something that will hold me over if I don’t have time to make a full meal. Things like chicken or egg salad, pumpkin donuts, avocado brownies, chia seed pudding, and veggie sticks & hummus have been my go-to lately. This way I’m not always reaching for handful after handful of nuts. Or eating spoonfuls of peanut butter for 2 meals out of the day. Another survival need checked off.
The App, The Wonder Weeks, has been my light at the end of the tunnel. This app shows you when and how long these leaps will last. It gives you peace of mind when your babe is extra fussy and nothing your doing is working… you can look at your app and know, oh okay, it’s another leap coming up. Or if you’re in the middle of a big leap and on 2 weeks of no sleep, you can look at the app and say, okay just one more week of this, I can do this!
And the biggest tip of all….