Monday, May 9, 2011
let's have a momversation, shall we?
Ev likes to sleep. And usually putting her to sleep is easy peasy. Swaddle, binky, soother and goodbye. I leave while the soother is still lullaby-ing and she falls asleep all on her own, the little love. In the past, she took 3 naps a day; one 2 hour nap and two 1 1/2 hour naps. And she woke up happy. And I was happy. And we all lived happily ever after.
Except now, that's not happening. For the past few weeks the little dear will not stay asleep. She still falls asleep on her own just fine, but 40 minutes later, she's up and she's sad. Sometimes I can get her to fall back asleep by repeating the binky/soother step, but sometimes, not so much. And I question if that's what I should be doing? Should I continue going in to comfort her and turn her sleep items back on or leave her on her own to fall back asleep by herself, even if she's crying? If I go in every time to help her sleep again am I just reinforcing the idea that she can't fall asleep without the binky/soother combo? Do I take those away? That seems a little harsh (it's not like I'm nursing her to sleep or anything-can't she have her bink and seahorse?!)
And why is she waking up in the first place?! Girlfriend is a good sleeper, she sleeps 10 solid hours at night without a peep, so why all these issues during the day? Do I assume it's a hunger problem? Could it be that my milk is running low and she wakes up super early from her nap because she is hungry? Does that mean I should get her up and feed her? Could it be a growth spurt?
Do I keep our schedule the same and continue to try to get her to go back asleep and hope she grows out of it or do I drop a nap and start trying to just do 2 naps a day (that's what my Mama says) instead of 3. I'm not sure how to make that work, because we have been on a eat/play/sleep cycle since day 1 and she consistently gets tired and fussy 2 hours after her feedings.
Pretty much, I'm just confused. How about you just tell me what to do, okay?! Ready, set, go...
scribbled by jessica