There's a lot I miss about my kids being babies, but the lack of sleep isn't one of them. The cuddles and sweet baby scents radiating off the tops of their little heads? Heaven. The tiny onesies and incoherent babble? Fantastic. The utter refusal to sleep after a long day? No way. Some thoughts your baby has about you when they're keeping you up all night long might be adorable, but they're not cool on any level — especially when you haven't slept in days and all you want is a few hours of shuteye. Just a few hours, you guys. Hell, you'd take 30 minutes at this point.
My two kids were very different babies. My daughter did pretty well with sleep training, and began sleeping through the night when she was only a few months old. That is, until a goddamn sleep regression hit. After that, you might as well place your bets on who was going to be able to sleep, and for how long. Most nights, I swear my daughter stayed awake for no other reason than to keep me up. She took pleasure in my fatigue and tried to break me down. FYI, it worked.
My son never really took to sleep training, though. He was diagnosed of GERD as an infant, so he couldn't sleep for a significant amount of time before spitting up. Eventually his body grew out of that, but his inability to sleep soundly through the night remained. I always felt like he genuinely wanted to be around me all the time, though. It just made him happy, so he would prolong sleep to get some more one-on-one time with mom. Lucky me? I'm sure if he could do it all over again, he'd never let me sleep a day in my life. With that, here are some thoughts my babies, and yours, has about you when they refuse to sleep.