Thursday, May 17, 2007

Calling all Moms

So we seem to be in a little rut. We have been lucky enough to have an established bed time for the bean for a few weeks now. She goes down between 8 and 8:30--which is so wonderful. It's been pretty consistent for the past couple weeks. . . which is really nice. She was sleeping until 1-2 and sometimes even 3 before waking up. At which point we'd bring her in our bed (cuz we co-sleep) and that's where she'd stay until the morning. However for the 6th day in a row she has woken up between 11:00-12:30, which means I just barely get to sleep myself before getting up to get the bean and bringing her in bed with us. (It's not terrible to bring her into bed, she usually starts feeding and then goes right back to sleep, but still we're trying to stretch out this night time sleeping stuff). I wouldn't be so concerned if there was even one or two days in there that she slept a little later, but nope. No later than 12:30. Any ideas on why? Do you think this will fix itself?

Another thing is that when she started having an early bed time her day naps were shorter at first. . . now her day naps are longer again, but the nighttime waking is earlier. . . do you think it just sorta goes back and forth like that for a while until things even out? Any insight would be great.

. . . Or should I just relax and remember the wise words of my grandmother who recently told me, "I think you expect too much."

Thanks!

8 comments:

  1. Charlotte is on a similar schedule. She usually has a couple of really short morning naps and long afternoon nap. If I let her sleep more than 3 hours in the afternoon, she won't sleep that nice long stretch at night. I also have to make sure she has a full feeding at 6pm and 8pm before bed. Babies are such puzzles.

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  2. oops. I left my comment under the mothers day post. maybe I need a nap.

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  3. My motto for motherhood: "As soon as you get used to something, it changes." Seriously. It happens in all facets of their lives. Both my kids have done that on and off for about the first year. After I stopped nursing Brady, he got on much more of a regular schedule, and that's when his awesome night and day sleeping habits kicked into full gear. He's always been a good sleeper, but he became solid. Lucy is still on and off. I'd say the most likely reason is that she may be a little sick, teething, or just not wanting to stick to her routine. She was waking up around 1 and then 3 and then 4 and then 6 just last week, but now she's back on her schedule not that she's getting over her cold. It's just a give and take, even when you try to implement structure. Remember my motto. :)

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  4. I'm with your grandma on this one.
    It's a give and take. What happens if you don't pick her up at 11:30?
    You're getting close to the time we did CIO, I think we did it in another month or so. I guess my experience was different than Britty's since we got scheduled and were able to keep nursing.

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  5. ashley12:17 AM

    I have a 10 week old baby. So we are in a similar situation. But the thing I learned with my older son is for me to go to bed earlier. If I can get a few good hours in before she wakes up I am not so annoyed that she is up at 12.
    Just hold your breath, her schedule will change by the time you exhale

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  6. I think it will even out. There is so much going on with little ones in every area of development (teething, growing, etc.) that I think things change due to reasons we may not be aware of. She may NOT be hungry when she wakes up so early. But if she knows she will get to go to your bed and be near the breastfeeder, she may try to continue this routine. Try having your husband go to her so she doesn't smell you and he can rock her back to sleep and put her back in her own bed. But if she doesn't, she may actually be hungry (maybe she' going through a growth spurt). I do not believe in just letting your kid cry and not responding to her. It seems to create "learned helplessness": why try if no one will help you no matter what? We have phased out actually rocking her sleep most of the time and we are phasing in readjusting her to be comfy, and then patting her on the back to let her know we care and she is okay (we also use a pacifier at night). I also agree that once you figure it out, things will change. But all in all, our little one is doing really well with bedtime routines and assistance in falling to sleep herself. You are doing great!

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  7. HS Cheer bud2:11 PM

    Hey Amy! I saw your mom at the Denver Desiger's Market and she gave me your blog so that I could say "hi" (Lori Fritz)!
    Here is my advice...
    We tried giving our daughter a few ounces of formula after the last feeding before bedtime to fill her tummy longer. It seemed to work, but I still had 3 or 4am feedings.
    I hope you are doing well! If you want to say hi- my email is lorimorris99@yahoo.com

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  8. Lori! No way--how are you? Thanks for checking out the blog and so glad you left a comment. I do try to giver her a little more to eat before bedtime. . . it seems as if she's a little finicky as to how much she'll take though. Babies. . . what a mystery.

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