Mental Leap 8: Programs (Wonder Weeks)

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It’s been a really crazy two weeks in our household. ALL of us have been sick with what seems like a seriously nasty virus. It started off last week with K and myself, and then hubby got it Friday, and now B seems to be peaking today.

In addition to sickness, we (meaning B) started our 8th mental leap the world of programs – according to the wonder weeks app. This leap began on Wednesday (2 days ago) and honestly I’ve hesitated to document anything just yet because I didn’t want to jinx myself. Isn’t that how it works? You say something, and then BAM, the opposite happens. Anywhoo… I know how quickly details escape me, so I figured if I didn’t make note of what’s happening NOW, I would probably forget. 

As of today, we are on Day 3 (going on 4) and so far…things have been relatively OK. I haven’t noticed any significant changes in behaviour as far as extra clingy-ness or crying..YET. We’ve also been lucky so far in that B’s sleep has yet to be affected. I’m totally expecting this weekend to be rough given that not only are we in the midst of a wonder week, but now B has caught this nasty bug. He’s been sleeping his usual 11-11.5 hours through the night, and napping about 1 hour in the morning and 1.5 in the afternoon. This is pretty much as good as it gets for him.. so I’ve been really happy to see that nothing has changed so far. Through previous mental leaps, I have noticed that the chart on the app is pretty much dead accurate. Like scary accurate…. You can read my previous posts on Wonder week 7, here and here.

For Wonder Week 8, as usual, the first phase is considered the “fussy period”. It can start from 49-53 weeks, and is evident by an extremely cranky baby who wants nothing but to be held, likely sleeps poorly and always seems to cry or whine. B is at 51 weeks today, and since he’s totally mobile now, I can usually find him within inches of my ankles whenever he’s in a “mood”.  The second phase is basically when the abilities start to become really noticeable, and this is expected around 55 weeks. A few things I am looking for throughout this leap as far as new abilities are: holding a crayon and using it to “draw”, putting things back where they belong and bathing a doll. These examples come from the Wonder Weeks app, and for more information directly from the source, check out the WW site here.

NOTE: I’m going to update this post in a few days to document any additional changes…Check below for updates!

Lastly, I did want to document one MAJOR change that we’ve experienced here in the last week and that is, B is WALKING!!! Ok.. so.. he’s not totally walking yet, but he has taken his first solo steps, walking from Daddy to Mommy, and back. He’s suuuuppppppeeerrr excited about this new skill, and I’m not sure if I should be happy or scared, because if you’ve been here before you know that walking is awesome.. but it presents a whole new world of challenges. He’s been practicing every day this week, and his confidence is growing every single day. Until recently, he had zero interest using his walk assist toys, but this week it’s all he wants to use to get around. I get a kick out of it because he gets stuck and then plops to the floor in a ball of hysterics because it’s not working out. You guys.. this kid is going to turn my hair grey in his toddler years. His tantrums are already next level dramatic.

Anyways, aside from being sick for almost 2 weeks and officially having a second walker on our hands, it’s been a fairly uneventful week. It’s STILL winter here in suburbia Toronto, and I’m actually done. Like REALLY done with Winter.. as much as I love it when it’s actually in December-March, I want it to just go away so we can get on with spring and summer. The day that B was born, was absolutely beautiful and warm (like high teens, low 20’s warm).. that day is coming up, and if there’s snow on the ground this year, Mother nature is getting a talking to.

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UPDATE: 10 DAYS LATER – I have not wanted to update this, because I’m deathly afraid of jinxing what’s been going on. Honestly, this WW has been fairly smooth sailing. Sleep has barely been affected.. B is resisting a little bit with going down for naps. I would say maybe 3-4 times in the last 10 days we’ve dealt with a little bit of protest for naps. After 5-10 minutes he accepts his fate and sleeps really well. 1-1.5 hrs for naps and his usual 11 hours at night. I do not think this would be the case had we not sleep trained him. In fact, I think we’d be in WW hell right now if he wasn’t already used to sleeping independently. With the exception of a few cranky days.. B has been really HAPPY. He’s perfecting his walking, with TONS of practice, eating like a champ (despite 3 new teeth making an appearance), and I actually feel like every day he’s more and more like a toddler. In the past, with wonder weeks I have noticed that the first and last week of the “phase” tends to be the hardest. In the first 10 days, I would say 2 or 3 days have been slightly rough..but nothing compared to WW7. Links regarding the last leap are above. 🙂 I’ll update again in a week or so if there are any changes..otherwise expect a full review of the 8th leap when we’ve made it through. (hopefully unscathed).

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