Wednesday, April 8, 2009
How to get some ZZZZZ.....
Ashley recently posted about her routine to get Declan to sleep through the night and CHRONICLES OF A BABYWISE MOM just posted a summery of her first week. It's interesting to me how different people have different experiences with sleep...or lack there of.
Samuel is now sleeping through the night, but the first 2 months were rough! I was up every 2-3 hours during the night giving Samuel 2-4 ounces of formula. I was only getting about 1-2 hours of sleep at a time. It was a major shock to my body to not get any REM sleep and every part of me felt it. I know some moms say, "I love every minute of being a mommy." Sorry, not me...I felt guilty for feeling this way too. After talking to many people, I no longer feel guilty....everyone is different....for me the strain on my body was too much.....I will not look back on the first 2 months with fond memories.
Once he hit the 3 month mark (the pediatrician said to wait until 4 months) I started in with the rice cereal in his formula. We increased his feedings to 6 ounces, but very quickly moved up to 8 ounces per feeding. Samuel was definitely ready for the rice and the increase in ounces. Within 2 days he started sleeping longer and I was getting 4-5 hours of sleep at a time. Then he started sleeping through the night 2 or 3 nights at a time and then he'd wake at about 2:30 a.m for a couple nights. I'd then feed him another 6 ounces and he'd go back to sleep for another 3-4 more hours.
For the past week he's been sleeping through every night, about 8:30 p.m. to 7:30 a.m. What a glorious feeling! I am a much happier mommy now. Samuel still takes a 2 + hour nap in the middle of the day and another little 30-45 minute nap around 5 p.m. Other then that he's awake most of the day.
I, like Ashley, do let Samuel cry a little before he falls asleep. It doesn't happen all that often anymore and I do believe he needs to learn to self sooth and fall asleep on his own. We keep his room very dark at night and lighter during the day. He uses a pacifier sometimes, but it's not something he has really latched onto. I also have a small space eater, set to 72 degrees, that will come on and off, to keep the room nice and warm. I think he likes the noise it makes too. We use thicker, overnight, diapers, so he won't wet through and wake himself up. We do baths almost every night and take a walk around the neighborhood too.
Every baby and every mommy is a little different. How has your experience with sleep...or lack there of....been?