Sleeping Success!

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Sleeping Success!

Saphira has been a great night-time sleeper since day one. However, during the day she will only sleep on us or in the car seat/moving stroller - if we put her down she wakes up. Up until last week, she was usually sleeping about 12 hours at night on her own, so the day time was perfectly reasonable for her to want people time. Last week though, she started going to be later and later, and then still waking up at the same time in the morning, and wanting her people time. Well that wasn't the deal - the deal was 12 hours! Anyways, last night I decided enough is enough, and I'm doing a proper bedtime routine with her. So we bathed her at 7:30, I fed her and got her to sleep at 8. Then I put her down, she woke up about 20 minutes later, I put her back to sleep (very easily, not fussy at all), put her down, she woke up a few minutes before 9, I nursed her and put her back down. Then she slept. She slept until 3:30 (she's very good at long stretches!) went back to sleep and slept until 8! 11 hours and she woke once! And that period between 8-9 was very easy too.

I didn't want to get too excited until I repeated the exact same process tonight, and it happened the exact same way! So far at least, we'll see when she wakes, but like I said, she's amazing at long stretches! WOOHOOO!!!!

And for a side comment - she started interactively smiling last week (at 5 weeks) and now she smiles and smiles and it makes my heart melt! She smiles while nursing, while playing with DH and while we have conversations with her - it's just all so amazing!

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Wow, that sounds great. The longest Grace has slept is 5 hours and that was in the swing. I love those first smiles. I put Grace in front of the mirror tonight and she was smiling away, so sweet!

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That's great! Hope she keeps it up for you! Biggrin
Cidney won't sleep for more than 3 hours at a time. And usually, that's either in the middle of the day or in bed with me.

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How goes the sleeping around your house? I hope DD has kept on the better sleeping pattern.

I feel you on the day time sleeping. In just the last two weeks we are getting a more consistent nap schedule with an added bonus where she puts herself to sleep over half the time.

Aren't the smiles great?! We have been getting them since 5 weeks but now once in a while she "talks" too. Smile It's like they are finally little humans instead of these little blobs. Smile

I hope the sleeping continues to improve.

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Good job on the sleep schedule! Sheldon has become so consistent it's almost scary. He nurses every night at 8:30 pm and then again at 3:30 am like clockwork. Then at 6:30 am. Then every two hours during the day. He's usually awake for an hour after nursing, and then he sleeps for an hour. No matter how much he sleeps during the day -- he still keeps the same schedule at night.

Ah, the smiles!!! Yes, Sheldon is starting to become very interactive, too.

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Her sleep during the day is much less predictable, but yesterday I was able to put her down for an hour during a 3 hour nap!

Night two went super - she slept 9-4, 4-8. And last night was 9-2, then 6:30. She didn't really go to sleep so well after 6:30. She tends to have days where she dozes for 10-20 minutes at a time.

I agree with the talking! I have conversations with her. If we say hi/hello, she smiles and says hi, and then I ask her how are you, and she smiles and answers etc. So pretty much I've decided that she's already said lots of words. I just assign a word to everything she says. So far she's said "hi", "bye", "checkerboard", "crawling", "I'm great how are you" "yes", and her favorite "Get off your butt and walk me around the house!"

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Eloise is pretty predictable in terms of eating/sleeping. A long 3 hour nap in the morning when DS wakes up around 6:30 OR 7:00, then every 2 hours after that. She cluster feeds in the evening from 7-9 or 8-10 then sleeps for 5 to 5.5 hours, nurses then sleeps until DS gets up and starts over.

I have the opposite problem than you, though. She will sleep in her crib or swing during the day with no protest, but I can only get her to sleep in her crib or swing over night about 3 nights a week. I know that is better than nothing, but I would like to get consistent with it, too.

She mostly does not like to be swaddled, but I do it b/c I know once she is in a deep sleep she will not startle herself awake. She will tolerate the swaddle in the swing but absolutely not in the crib. She slept for 5 hours unswaddled in her crib 2 times this week though which was really nice!!

I keep telling everyone that I am going to get on a strict night time schedule with her around 6-7 weeks b/c I go back to work @ 9 weeks and i would like some sort of schedule in our lives. Plus that is when they have the capability of having real sleep patterns anyway. The thing I a m going to get more strict on is that she will either be in her swing or the more sleeping in my arms (which is what we do on the nights I can't get her happy in the crib/swing). I have been sleeping in a recliner with the boppy in my lap and her either on my chest or on the boppy for a month and my back is killing me!!

Anyhoo....Glad to hear your LO is doing so well and WTG Mama for getting a routine because that is the best thing for them and the hardest thing for us to do!!