I balanced my crying newborn on my hip and tried to get my shoes back on while still tangled in the baby carrier. As I hurried to collect our SEVEN trays of personal belongings speeding down the conveyor belt, my makeup was melting down my face. My husband was getting electronically frisked, so I was single-handedly holding up the hundreds of other travellers who were wondering if - sigh - I'd be on their flight.
He's always slept through the night. Could those be growing pains or restless legs? Could it still be teething? What should we be doing to help this get back to his sleeping through the night. Be confident that this is a stage and that you'll never give him too much love and connection when he wakes at night, so respond immediately and in a way what *feels right.* You connection is exactly what he needs, which is how Special Time helps.
In a world when results are often instantaneous with little to no effort, too many parents are not even aware that a change in their child's sleep behaviour must start with them first. If you want a relaxing bedtime with your child and a steadfast way of proactively approaching sleep with developmental changes, address how you parent, especially how your offer connection and support to your little one throughout the day and night.
If your child is sick or if you hear a cry that is not "normal" for your child, do not hold yourself back from responding in a way that you love responding to your child and in a way that your child needs and loves.
Follow what your heart and intuition are telling you that your child needs. Do it. You will not ruin sleep forever by doing so!
Why is it that everything from room colour to number of back-up washcloths make "must have" to-be-parent lists, but how you parent is never discussed? You and your child are taking this family journey together, but it is up to you to role model self-love and patience when you encounter bumps - a.k.a. big learning moments - along the way.