This phenomenon known as the Wonder Weeks is a far underutilized concept to mothers. Â I had never even heard anything about this until a wise friend enlightened me on why Aiden was being extra fussy, cranky and needy one particular week. Â His fourth and fifth week of life went on fairly well. Â We were getting used to each other and I had learned his cues. Â Sleep was getting a little better and I was feeling on top of the moon about how things were going and the fact that I thought I had an easy baby (despite the fact that the boy likes to eat all.the.time.). Â Then… without notice, the end of the fifth week occurred and we were off track! Â He wouldn’t go to sleep no matter how much I swaddled, rocked, sang, walked or fed him. Â I remember one night being up for 4 hours in the middle of the night with no sleep in sight.
Frustrated, I posted on facebook “Lesson of the night: babies are unpredictable. Once you think you may have started a sleeping pattern, they throw that idea out the door and stay up for 3 hours and counting in the middle of the night sporadically eating. Good thing I love him and I can listen to fun.”
This is when I learned about the wonder weeks and it made all the sense in the world!
The wonder weeks are developmental times in an infants life where they learn a new skill and because of this get the 3 c’s: cranky, crying, and clingy. Â There are 10 mental leaps in the first two years of life, which occur at ages:
Despite the name wonder “week,” they can last slightly longer than a week and Aiden gives me little to no warning. Â We are in the midst of our second wonder week and I’m running haggard and exhausted. Â He’s fighting sleep like no other and is very fussy and cranky. Â Things that used to soothe him like a pacifier make him scream at the sight of one. Â I think we are winding down with this one… for now.
On the upside, there are sunny weeks as well! Â This occurs when babies have mastered their new skill and are having fun utilizing it. Â This are the weeks we are grateful to be parents and think their baby is the most perfect angel on earth.
There we have it – the wonder weeks. Â Unfortunately, I have had to just let Aiden go through these weeks on his own and the only thing I can do is hold him when he cries and let him know I’m here for him. Â It does help to know that these are real and all babies go through them – there is nothing wrong with you or your baby. Â In fact, it’s a great thing because they are learning so much!