Sleeping is the new black

Friday, February 07, 2014

Morning mama where's the food?
Being deprived of sleep and still functioning like a normal adult is my new super power guys. Honestly, the hardest part about having a baby is adjusting to the mindset of “I don’t actually need more than 4 hours of sleep a night”. Harder still is that when you have a new baby you work your butt off to fall into anything that remotely resembles a routine and then teething happens and just smashes that all to shit.

Regan and I are big fans of attachment parent and more often than not we co-sleep, which has it’s moments, but for a while this made it very hard to train Sophie to sleep through the night. Add to that the fact that I am still breastfeeding means we have a lot of bad sleep habits to break. But… But! We have made some very real progress.

For the past 2 weeks I’ve dropped Sophie’s afternoon nap and it has been like a miracle cure for her bad sleep habits. The thing with babies and nap time is that as moms we become just as reliant on those naps as they do and saying goodbye to one means saying hello to a lot more awake time. Listen I’m not a monster, I love spending time with my baby but I think we all know what I mean when I say often there are those moments when you think, “Urgh just go to sleep already!!”.

Dropping the afternoon nap means we have a slightly more grumpy and hard to deal with 10 months old and when 6pm rolls round it’s a massive hustle to get her fed and bathed so that by 7.30 she can just go to sleep. Previously our day looked something like this:

07.00 wake up
07.15 breastfeed
08.00 breakfast
08.30 sleep
10.45 wake up
12.30 lunch
13.30 breastfeed and sleep
15.30 wake up
20.30 bed (but honestly most nights it was closer to 21.00)

Now our day goes like this:
07:00 wake up
08.30 breakfast
10.30 breastfeed and sleep
12.30 wake up
13.00 lunch

The space between lunch and upper is filled with garden play time, toys, reading to her, playing and occasionally a trip to Constantia Village

18.00 supper
19.00 bath
19.30 breastfeed and bed

This is no where near an exact science though and often I breastfeed more frequently throughout the day but I am trying to get her down to 2-3 feeds a day so that in April when she turns 1 weaning is a little easier. With this new routine she is sleeping through the night, not waking even slightly for feeds. Of course with the teething each day is different but this week has been so amazing I just wanted to share this with you all.

Eventually we’ll get to the point where sleep training becomes more of a priority but for now I really enjoy the bedtime routine of laying in bed staring at each other while she nurses herself to sleep. If your reading this and you’ve had amazing results with sleep training please share your story with me! It’s something I’m honestly so interested in learning more about.

Here’s to an amazing sleep filled weekend! 

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