15 weeks...routines, single parenting, sleep, at last!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

15 weeks and I think I finally hit the point of exhaustion! Last night I went to bed right after I put Carter down, 8:00pm. I was in bed until 8:00am this morning...and would've stayed longer if I could have! Of course we were up a few times in the middle of the night (1:00am and 6:00am). But that is the most sleep I've gotten in months...probably since my second trimester!

These last few weeks have brought many changes...I single-parented 4 days in a row while Christian was traveling for work. Luckily I had help from my mom or Christian's mom most days, but I was running on pure adrenaline to get me through. We had a big family weekend at the beach and I'm finally starting to venture out on errands and to restaurants with Carter (which if you know me, I am terrified of him screaming in the middle of a store or restaurant). But we managed, unharmed and actually pretty happy, thanks to facing out in the BJorn!

Overall Carter is doing great!

Although not seamless, we do have a routine. Since we missed out on many weeks of sleep in the first 6-8 weeks of life, this new sleeping pattern is like a dream to me. From the time he wakes up he is up for about 1 & a half to 2 hours and then it's naptime again. This has been working great...by the 2 hour mark he is definitely showing signs of sleepiness: rubbing his eyes, yawning, or just staring off. I turn on the white noise, swaddle him up, close the blinds, turn on the ceiling fan, bounce for about a minute, and into the nap nanny he goes. Sometimes he fusses for a little so I hold his paci in his mouth and sometimes he just closes his eyes into dreamland. He sleeps anywhere from 45 minutes (pretty typical) to 2 & a half hours (rare, yet wonderful!) Although the length is unpredictable, the fact that he sleeps with a schedule really helps us both!

We've had great nights- 1 wake up and 6 hours of sleep between feedings, and not-so-great nights...up every 2 & a half hours. But we've figured out a bedtime routine (quiet time, bath, sleepsack, nurse with lullabies, and into bed) and the better nights are gradually becoming more frequent. He's asleep between 7:30-8:30pm and up usually around 6:00-6:30am.

It's amazing how far we've come, from the endless bouncing in the kitchen and aching backs from holding him all the time...to now.

New mommy's: it does get easier. I promise.

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