Friday, January 29, 2010
Lucky | Sleep | Schedule
I have realized I'm lucky now in the sleep department. Whereas a few months ago, Mia still woke up once or twice a night to eat, she can now, five out of seven nights a week, sleep for 10-12 hrs straight. She may go down to sleep between 8 and 9pm and not wake up until 7 or 8am. I know every baby is different, but it does make a huge difference when you are able to sleep more than 4-5 hrs in a row. A BIG difference.
Now, when she is teething, has been sick or just off from traveling, things change, obviously, and it can take a while to get her back on track. Yet our schedule (now that we actually have a schedule) looks something like this:
7:45am Wakeup, suck down a bottle
8:30am Eat ≈2-3oz baby food (oatmeal & fruit puree)
9-10am Go down for nap, by sucking down another bottle
11:30am/12pm Wakeup, snack on a bottle
Eat ≈2-3oz more baby food (veggie / fruit, sometimes mixed with oatmeal OR rice)
play, maybe run an errand with ME
2-3pm Go down for afternoon nap, another bottle down
3:30-4:30pm Wakeup, more milk or food snacks (you get the picture)
Hang out in high-chair while dinner food gets made, read books, throw toy after toy on the ground
6pm Watch mom & dad eat dinner, make noises, clap, wave, beg for attention
7:30pm Bathtime!! (Mia gets all goofy-excited when she hears the bathwater)
lots of sleep 8-)
Being on a schedule is great. Before I had a baby, or even when Mia was 6 months and under, I wasn't too sure about a schedule. I'm not a time-oriented person myself (family members are scratching their heads right now, asking, "Really??") and I just didn't want to be "tied down" to a schedule. You've probably seen those parents that freak out if it's past 2pm and their child isn't home for a nap, and conversely, those parents who let their child stay up and out much later than you'd think is normal, and the child is fussy or has trouble falling or staying asleep later (and there are some who do not fit on this spectrum at all!). I have found that for us, it is good to be somewhere in the middle. "Flexible scheduling" is what it is called. It may have taken us 7+ months to get there, but hey, I'm just glad we're here.
Lord Willing, if we have another baby, getting on a good schedule earlier on is something I will aim for. That, and seeing if they'll take a pacifier on occasion. Right now, Mia thinks it's a chew toy. And of course, there are other things I'd like to do differently, but those are all for another post.
Instead, I'll leave you with the ever-so-grainy video of Mia crawling. You can thank my cell phone (it was the most readily available video-recording device.)
PS: Why I sound like a 9-year old while recording Mia is beyond me. I do hope I really don't sound like that on a regular basis in real life, and if I do, please break it to me gently.