Positive ‘Growing Pains’

I have two kids who aren’t too keen on sleeping a lot. They’re both very early risers. For the last three and a half years, Keyan has rarely slept past 7am. His normal wake up time was between 6am-6:30am.

So you can imagine my surprise when a couple of weeks ago, Keyan didn’t wake up until 8:45am. And it didn’t just happen once, it’s still happening. If fact, this morning when I called to check on the kids from work, he had woken up at 9:40am! I thought, who is this child? What is going on?

We decided to measure him and he’d grown taller. He was also complaining of pains in his knee’s and such. Could it he be having a growth spurt and growing pains?

I looked it up on the trusty web and found out that this is experienced by 10-20 percent of kids starting around age three and peaking around age 8-12.

Some of the signs of a growth spurt are:

  • Your child may seem hungrier than usual or eat more at a sitting.
  • Your child may nap longer than usual or sleep longer at night.
  • Your child may be crankier or clingier than usual, even though she’s not ill.
All in all, this doesn’t seem like that bad of a stage. Your kids is getting taller, he’s eating more, sleeping a lot more and wants to hug you more often, what’s bad about this?
 
In fact, I hope this growth spurt lasts for a while. I love not being worried that he’s not getting enough sleep which in turn means he’s not growing. He’s growing just fine and maybe one day, when his sister goes through her growth spurt, I’ll be able to cash in on their sleeping in!
 
For more information on growth spurts and growing pains, here are a couple of links to articles:

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