There are a lot of competing ideas for this post — teething, growth spurts, sleep and the all the various permutations of not having it that I’ve become familiar with. Badger went to bed late last night, woke up at 1:45 AM and stayed awake for an hour, and then got up at 6 AM — which makes three hours less sleep than she generally gets at night.
I know compared to a lot of people, I have it easy. Heck, a year ago I was thrilled if she’d sleep two hours at a go. I was also slowly (not that slowly) going insane. Now, barring illness or teething or growth spurts, she sleeps from 8:30 to 5:oo like clockwork, and another 2-2.5 hours after a bit of milk.
I suspect teething (two molars are ripe to pop). I suspect growth spurt (the first thing she said to me when she woke up was “Cracker?”). I suspect her picking up on my anxiety about our upcoming trip. I suspect gnomes, sorcery, and the malign influence of the stars. In short, I have no real idea.
But none of that explains my post title, which is really on a completely different subject — the little stab of joy I get when I finally figure out one of Badger’s “Badgerisms”. She is a talky thing, and for the most part she speaks surprisingly clearly. But she has a collection of phrases she repeats over and over that clearly mean something, but heck if I know what. “Minky nah” is one I get a lot at bedtime, and she broke it out last night at 2 AM when she was bright-eyed and I was only about two-thirds human. And then suddenly it hit me, seriously, like a bolt of lightning — she was talking about one of her bedtime books! We cuddled, I recited “Wynken [Minky], Blynken and Nod [Nah]” and she actually, blessedly, went back to sleep.
Now, if anyone has any ideas about “gwanging” or “cockisonk”, please let me know.