We're slowly starting to create a bedtime routine. Starting somewhere between 8pm and 8:30pm, we change Elizabeth into a sleeper, read her a bedtime story, say our prayers and go to bed. Mom and dad usually go to bed then as well, because Elizabeth is definitely a morning person, wanting to get up and play well before either of us are ready. We're actually quite lucky - this time is usually around 6 or 7 in the morning, which we understand is a fairly normal time to get up. It's a bit like being back in school! Yeah - so having later hours is one of the perks of being self-employed...
Her inability to sleep any longer might also have something to do with needing a diaper change. We often only change her once or occasionally not at all during the night. In fact, once she goes to bed around 8 or 8:30pm, she basically wakes up to feed two or three times and goes right back to sleep. I kind of suspect she ought to be changed more often, but the principle of changing the baby as soon as it is needed collides directly against the principle of "never waking a sleeping baby". Since mom and dad also subscribe to the principle of not getting up in the middle of the night unless we really really have to, sleep always wins over changing. When I was pregnant I read a book that suggested that parents should just whip the diaper off and back on again while the unsuspecting child was sleeping without waking it up. My more experienced self has conceded that this is not a skill I am likely to master, at least not with this child.
On May 9, 2009 at 12:38 pm
As usual the blog is awesome, especially from a distance it's great to get these little details and pix! Elizabeth is certainly an extremely well documented baby.
On May 10, 2009 at 00:05 am
I only ever changed Astra if she woke up overnight. I figured that if a wet diaper didn't wake her up, I wasn't going to wake her up either. So, the fewer times she woke up overnight, the fewer times she was getting changed overnight. When she started to do the 8 to 10 hour sleep-thing (you will get there one day, hopefully sooner rather than later!) we didn't get up either.
I can't be really sure when she was a tiny infant (like Elizabeth now) but certainly now (nearly 10 months) she doesn't seem to poop in her sleep, only when she wakes up or has been awake a while.
Hope that doesn't mean I'm a bad mom!
On May 13, 2009 at 04:40 pm
With our first daughter, we dutifully fed her and changed her diaper every 4 hours. We even tried to burp her in the middle of the might!
We're much more laid back this time around. We definitely follow the "never wake a sleeping baby rule"...and I think she sleeps better as a result.