Monday, September 1, 2008

Sleep revisited

We don't have too many sleep issues anymore, thankfully. Isa still goes down each night around 7 p.m. About 98% of the time she'll put herself to sleep right away which is wonderful. We've been able to phase out the middle of the night bottle now that she's eating better during the day. However, she still wakes up around 2-3 a.m. She isn't ready to be fully awake yet but she's done with her crib. In the beginning, I would try to get her back down in her crib. That took at least 1/2 an hour and she would typically keep waking up every hour or so until 7 a.m., when she wanted out of the crib for good. Since I am up until around midnight working, that was a rough schedule.

Oddly enough, one of the reasons our many travels to CA went so well this summer is that Isa actually slept all the way through the night at the hotels when she was in bed with me. So, one night, in a fit of desperation at that 2 a.m. wake up, I just brought her back to bed with me. Low and behold, she snuggled up against me and went right back to sleep. So did I. It was amazing. And so we've fallen into that pattern. She still falls asleep in her crib, but when she wakes up in the wee hours, it's just so much easier to bring her into my room. Some people I mention it to think it's a bad habit (and part of me agrees), but mostly I think that it means we both get enough sleep and I get even more Isa B snuggle time. Win-win situation.

As for daytime sleep, I think she's moving towards one nap a day. She never took a long morning nap (30-45 minutes tops). Several times last week she refused to take the morning nap entirely and simply took an earlier afternoon nap. So, this week we're going to try just the one nap a day. Today we had a playdate at 10, when she would normally go down, so she was distracted during her normal "sleepy" period. We got home around noon and she promptly fell asleep in my arms. :) We hadn't had lunch, so I worried she'd just wake up instantly from hunger if I put her in her crib. We got a nice 2 1/2 hour nap together on the couch instead! She made it happily until about 6:30 and went to bed easily. I'm hoping this continues to work because if I could get a 2 hour stretch during the day when she naps, I could get TONS more done.

Hmm... speaking of, I suppose I should go do some dishes.....


Anonymous said...

ah, sleep. quite the topic of late.

glad to hear you have found a way to sleep better through the night. there are tons of opinions on both sides of the co-sleeping issue. I say - do what's right for you!!!

Elsa is also now transitioning away from a morning nap. Did some backsliding this weekend, but that's because she is under the weather. Once she is feeling better, I expect the morning nap is gone for good...

Kerri said...

Yay for cosleeping. I know a lot of people think it's a bad idea but if Isa is sleeping better and you're sleeping better, then it's better for you.
Kerri, Medina, and Ruby

Anonymous said...

Sleeping with your baby is one of the most loving things you can do for her! Enjoy the bliss of Mommyhood, I know I am!

Your Friends in Gig Harbor
Rebekke and Solly

Anonymous said...

Sleep is something we all want but can't seem to find even when we don't have a beautiful daughter like yours.

Get it while you can.

Enjoy!! :)


Lisa said...

It sounds like Isa B and Zaela are on the same sleeping schedule! Although she is still taking 2 good naps...hopefully for a while longer! It is the ONLY time to get anything done!