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Discussion: Sleep

in: Exhausted Parents

Mar 1, 2018 1:42 PM # 
There has been a lot of discussion about how well or not well the little ones sleep. This is what I will add today (because who know what it will be like tomorrow... it is a continuous evolution):

I just put Inara to sleep for a nap. It is 8:00 am.

In general, she is pretty predictable. She goes to bed between 6-7pm, wakes up twice (sometime between 12-2, sometime between 4-5) and then gets up between 7-8am. Last night we kept her up until 7:45.

This morning she got up at 6:00. Instead of being her usual happy, independent self, she started off in the hyper-right-before-needing-to-sleep mode. Then she got fussy. So I put her down and spent the next 30 minutes listening to her crying herself to sleep. I HATE this. I hate knowing that I could go comfort her and make her stop crying, but that if I do, she will still be under-slept and unhappy.

She is pretty great and easy. Travels well in the car, will fall asleep anywhere we put her down for the night, wakes up happy, takes naps in her pack and play or her stroller... I would say she is somewhat flexible. But not with timing. I feel like if we miss her window for going to sleep, it is so much harder for her.

I just told the babysitter to come an hour later so I can have my baby for a bit of nice time when she wakes from her nap.
Mar 1, 2018 4:35 PM # 
No advice for you, if you've been reading my log, you've seen that Katherine has been having her fair share of sleep struggles recently, too. I feel like Katherine is usually pretty predictable as well, but once she gets behind on sleep, it's a self-reinforcing pattern that I'm still not sure how to break. I don't think her daycare routine is helping, either- now that she's in the 1-2 year old room, they take one nap from after lunch to about 2:00, so about 2-2.5 hours, and I feel like maybe she wasn't quite ready to drop the morning nap yet.

Maybe tonight will be the night where Katherine figures it all out and starts sleeping well again. Maybe.
Mar 3, 2018 2:16 AM # 
Well, I'm reading this while trying to convince James to nap on me because he just needs to sleep. I manage about one 30 minute nap on the bassinet per day and that's actually decent progress. Usually he sleeps on me for 2-3 hours in the morning plus 1-2 hours in the carrier in the afternoon and probably another nap on me too.

At least he sleeps in his bassinet at night, maybe from 9-7 with one or two wake-ups. I feel like I need to try getting him to sleep from 7-7 although when I tried putting him down at 8 he just woke up at 6 so that didn't help. He's only 12 weeks old so things are changing all the time but I think he's starting to get old enough to develop a routine.

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