Why Am I Awake?

You know your life has changed (and changed again) when you excited to be awake at 6 a.m.Ben's sleeping schedule has apparently started to take three steps forward and just one back. Over the last seven nights, he's had five good ones and two bad ones. And the bad ones still had him sleeping a fair amount, just restless enough in the wee hours to keep us all from getting solid sleep. The last two nights he's slept 4 or 5 hours and then another 3 or so. I think I got about 7 1/2 hours sleep each of the last two nights. I can't really sleep more than that these days--my body says, okay, you're done. My back says, get out of bed, you've been in one position most of the night. My brain says, hey, a few hours of work before the family is up. I listen to my body. Now I know that there will days (weeks?) in which Ben backslides and we get crappy sleep again. But he's over 8 weeks old now, and we're edging towards that lovely transition that we have read so much about that, on average, by 12 weeks, most babies are sleeping in large chunks at night without need to nurse or get soothed back to sleep. Huzzah. Just in time!