Hopefully, I’m not going to jinx myself!
The beginning of this week was rough.
In the days and nights between Saturday and Tuesday, I had logged a total of 14 hours of sleep. Yikes. To say I was functioning would be just crazy. Naps are really no longer an option for me during the day as G has more or less given up napping altogether. Sniffle.
So, Val made me put on my game face. I started cluster feeding her every night starting Saturday around 7pm. I would try to put her down in the Rock ‘n Play Sleeper next to my bed when she had fallen to sleep during a feeding. Boom! After I jumped into bed and snuggled myself down into the sheet she would start twitching and the next thing I knew she was crying…awake!
Back to square one and this would go on until 11pm if not midnight! Finally when she gave in to her sleep she slept for a good 3 or 4 hours. Awesome, except if she woke up around 4 to feed, by the time she was going back to sleep it was around 5 and G would be wandering into our room sometime around 5:30. Then, everyone is up except Val. Oh, and G sometimes wanders into our bedroom at night asking for us to tuck her back in or to put her stars on because its too dark. In some cases this would wake up Val. Oye!
By Tuesday I was literally seeing spots and was functioning on a very low level. That morning T.J. managed to put her down for a nap in her crib, in her own bedroom. She slept peacefully for hours…I think at least a four hour nap. I mean, both her and I were exhausted and no doubt she wanted sleep as much as I did.
And then we figured that maybe she liked her uninterrupted sleep in her own bedroom. We also realized that maybe she was waking up because she was cold. T.J. had put her down for a nap with a hat on and swaddled with two Aden + Anais swaddles. Arms in! I had been putting her to sleep with her arms out and just one blanket…no hat. Oh, and I think when she knows I’m in the room and can smell me she is looking for the boob. No more nursing this one to sleep. That just wasn’t working out for either of us.
That Tuesday night we tried this routine. I fed Val, T.J. swaddled her up, brought her to her bedroom and rocked her to sleep eventually putting her into her crib. She slept for a FIVE hour stretch, woke to feed, and slept another 3 hours. Let me tell you I felt like a new person the next morning. That is eight hours of sleep! In ONE night! Sure, I had to wake up once to feed her, but that is nothing…I don’t mind that at all.
Each night since we have followed this routine and everyone is sleeping better…even G! Last night she slept from 7:30-5, came in our bed until 6, and then went back to sleep in her bed until 8! Val woke at 2:30 to feed after going to bed around 10, went back to sleep around 4 and slept until 8:30! AH-MAZING!
And, another small milestone, Val fell asleep today on her own in the bouncy seat. No rocking, no boob, no nothing and while G and Nonna were coloring in the dining room right night to her. Lights on, loud noise, not a care in the world for this little one. She was dreaming away. Yesterday she fell asleep in the Rock ‘n Play while T.J. was in the shower and Nonna, me and G went to the butcher shop. Good things.
Maybe a growth spurt? Maybe us finding our rhythm? Whatever it is it is working for us.
Sleep is a wonderful thing my friends. Especially to a new mom.