So, I wrote this post and in the time since, that schedule has been blown up and destroyed.
The tl:dr Version
Abbreviated naps + late(-ish) bedtime = super overtired Bebe.
Naps better in tune w/ sleep cycle + earlier bedtime = Happy Bebe.
For those of you still reading:
For the first two week of August, he was in a wonder week and not napping (well) and I was too tired/frazzled to put the pieces together. It was only when he didn’t snap back to non-wonder week “Happy Bebe” that I realized how tired he really was. I reverted to the napping plan laid out in one of my resources. I spent the last two weeks of August (and first couple of days of September) tracking every time he woke and was put down to sleep and we started putting him down earlier at night. A pattern emerged and he’s back to Happy Bebe with only a touch of the wonder week fussiness that we’ve experienced in the past (yes, another wonder week. These things never seem to stop…). A side effect of this wonder week is that he’s waking more at night (*waves goodbye to only one wake-up at night* “See you soon!” I whisper.) Some people call this the four month sleep regression, but I prefer this perspective. It’s a process and I’m looking forward to getting some longer stretches of sleep myself in a few months. I’m just happy to have Happy Bebe back.