I'm due for a report on my weaning progress. There has been no nursing. We are done. He still talks about nah-nah, but in sort of a wistful, nostalgic way. It's a little sad, but I guess normal.
While TSA was away we managed fine with 'mommy-bus-choo-choo' followed by 'hand' (holding his hand until he falls asleep). We even had a little daddy video chat in the evenings right before bed just as a little bonus. All went well for the initial night-night. He did wake up progressively more often during the night that week.
I could sit here and endlessly analyze the reasons for his night-wakings at this point (or at any point in his life thus far) but the truth is, I would still come away with no clear answer. Teething? Nightmares? Hunger? Just because?? One of the more challenging parts of early parenthood is not knowing the why for everything. For the first year, you can convince yourself (and others) that you know why when you're talking to your 'mommy and me' group the next day:
"He kept waking up because his teeth hurt!"
"Her diaper rash kept her up all night."
"His tummy was bothering him. I gave him gripe water"
"She's having a growth spurt!"
Or whatever you happen to diagnose. The truth is...we have no bloody idea what the hell is wrong with them most of the time. Unless, of course, there are some visual or auditory clues: Poop, runny nose, cough, fever, etc), and even then, we really have no idea how those things really make them feel. Cuz...they can't really tell us.
My son, at 20 months, talks more than lots of kids his age, especially, I'm told, for a boy. He uses tons of words all the time now, even speaks in short sentences. . He tells me when different body parts need a kiss from an injury of sorts, when he's hungry, which activity he wants to do RIGHT NOW, but he still isn't able to tell me why he woke up at 2am.
When I think about it, when I wake up at 2am, I'm not always sure why. Lately, I've woken up with a nauseated stomach due to my current state, so I guess I can blame it on pregnancy, but at other times, I don't always have a specific reason. I'm sure 99.9% it is anxiety but I'd like to pretend that's not true.