Finding calm in the chaos

Finding calm in the chaos

Saturday, April 10, 2010

the Sandman Chronicles

We're reviving this column since we are embarking on another journey to get a child to sleep through the night.
For the past 2 weeks, we've started a bedtime routine with Andie. It's simple: spongebath, jammies, diaper change and a boob. Sometimes, we get a real bath in. Sometimes, she's happy enough to add a book. It's a little less regimented than Sam's early bedtime routines.

Our progress so far: she's starting to sleep longer chunks at night! Nothing ground-breaking, but some progress.

7pm: Bedtime
7-9pm: Typically, we put her down, she sleeps for 20-30minutes and then we bounce, nurse, cajole her for the rest of the time. Sometimes, we get lucky and she'll sleep for the whole time.
9pm: Nurse her and then hand her off to Joe so I can get some sleep. Joe will feed her a pumped bottle of milk.
12am: Joe brings her upstairs and I nurse her and we go to bed.
2:30am: Nurse her.
5:00am: Nurse her.
7am: Up for the day.

Much, much better than nursing her every 30 minutes! Not as great as Sam, who sleeps 12 hours a night, but we'll take it for now.

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