The day I accepted my kids aren’t sleeping through the night.
I have struggled with frustration and anger over the last several months. At first, because my baby wasn’t sleeping through the night while my friends babies were. Then because my toddler (who has slept through the night since 11 months) was now waking 2-3 times at night.
After a month of both kids waking multiple times throughout the night and me getting angry and frustrated at myself and at God, I decided a change needed to be made.
I changed my perspective.
I decided that it was ok that my kids were not sleeping through the night and that I wouldn’t expect them to.
WOW! What a difference this made!
Am I still tired? YES
Do I still wish they slept through the night? YES
But, for the first time, when one of my kids woke in the middle of the night, I wasn’t upset or frustrated. I just got up and helped them back to sleep, nursed or asked my husband to take a turn. I woke in the morning still tired but was happy.
Once I stopped EXPECTING them to both sleep through the night, I wasn’t affected negatively when they didn’t.
What a difference my outlook made in this situation.
Sometimes, you need to just accept things the way they are.
You need to stop comparing your situation to others.
You need to decide to have a positive outlook even if the situation isn’t ideal.
You need to make the best of where you are right now.