Sleep…

Last night I got 7 hours of uninterrupted sleep, it rocked. Evangeline fell asleep at 9pm and only woke up to eat at 4:30am. It’s funny how babies are totally their own person and don’t ever do what you expect them to do, and/or they force you to change every way you thought you would parent.

We always said we would not make our house perfectly quiet at nap time because we wanted a baby that could nap easily anywhere. We didn’t want to be those people who dread the doorbell ringing during nap time, however, as it turns out, Evangeline is hypersensitive to noise, movement and new unfamiliar environments.  She doesn’t nap well on my lap cause she wakes every time I move or talk. As long as I am quiet, she is good, which is why she does well with co-sleeping, we are sleeping to. She was always good at napping in her chair in the corner of the living room, when she is really out she still is, but lately any household noise makes her startle and wake. I never thought I would put her to sleep in her crib before 6 months, but have been debating putting her in her crib for naps, hoping the distance and quiet help her to have better naps. Without one long or two medium length naps a day we get one grumpy, impossible to please baby. During the day, when I am awake and can peak in on her constantly, but  I still want to keep her with me overnights since she does well and I love the ease of sleep feeding, I intended to keep her in my bed until she is regularly able to sleep longer stretches without eating. I have zero desire to be back and forth 3x a night to breastfeed her in her room.

All of this being said, I don’t think I will ever, co-sleeping or crib sleeping, overcome the SIDS fear, I check her at least 2-3 times a night, that’s what else I love about co-sleeping, I put my hand on her tummy and feel her breath in my sleep and barely have to wake.

 

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β€œLife is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” β€” Albert Einstein. When it feels like your world has been shattered, and you have reached rock bottom, you must make a choice: Stay where you are and fade away, or keep moving forward. Thankfully I chose to move forward and was blessed with the two most wonderful children after the death of my first in early labor. Things are looking up.

Posted on May 1, 2010, in Uncategorized and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 16 Comments.

  1. Lucas sleeps SO much better in complete silence too. He really likes it completely dark too. He sleeps in a pack and play in another room for naps during the day and then in the arms reach co sleeper at night. So nice to have my own bed but him still in arms reach.

    I even check on Ethan 2-3 times a night still. He will be 4 next week. Always always always before I go to bed and then if I ever wake up at night I gotta go check on him and put my hand on him to make sure hes breathing. Sometimes I even wake him up to ask him if hes okay lol.

  2. Lucas sleeps SO much better in complete silence too. He really likes it completely dark too. He sleeps in a pack and play in another room for naps during the day and then in the arms reach co sleeper at night. So nice to have my own bed but him still in arms reach.
    I even check on Ethan 2-3 times a night still. He will be 4 next week. Always always always before I go to bed and then if I ever wake up at night I gotta go check on him and put my hand on him to make sure hes breathing. Sometimes I even wake him up to ask him if hes okay lol.

    • With my next baby I am pretty positive I will do an arms reach co-sleeper, and keep them there til their ready for a toddler bed in their own space..best of both worlds, baby close by and still get to snuggle hubby in your own bed.

    • With my next baby I am pretty positive I will do an arms reach co-sleeper, and keep them there til their ready for a toddler bed in their own space..best of both worlds, baby close by and still get to snuggle hubby in your own bed.

  3. I still check on my oldest Elijah at 3, but it’s gotten better now. I don’t feel much panic as I do with Noah.

  4. I still check on my oldest Elijah at 3, but it’s gotten better now. I don’t feel much panic as I do with Noah.

  5. I don’t love lots about co-sleeping, but I’m also always checking for breathing. I’ve heard people talk about how they would worry if their baby was in their bed, but I am the opposite. I just know I’ll wake up if she has an issue. When she has a cold and gets stuck breathing I know right away.

    Thankfully EDS breaths so loudly you can hear him from across the street.

  6. I don’t love lots about co-sleeping, but I’m also always checking for breathing. I’ve heard people talk about how they would worry if their baby was in their bed, but I am the opposite. I just know I’ll wake up if she has an issue. When she has a cold and gets stuck breathing I know right away.
    Thankfully EDS breaths so loudly you can hear him from across the street.

    • Thats just it, outside worrying about blankets on her, which is becomming a non issue since it’s getting warmer and warmer and I don’t need warm blankets, anyhow, aside from that I worry way less having her next to me then in another room.

    • Thats just it, outside worrying about blankets on her, which is becomming a non issue since it’s getting warmer and warmer and I don’t need warm blankets, anyhow, aside from that I worry way less having her next to me then in another room.

  7. Draven co-sleeps with us (and will until he is ready to sleep in his cribb or bed. I love havin him sleep with us. He only wakes up once a night (sometimes not at all) to eat and I just nurse him to sleep.
    He has napped in his cribb I think…5 times but most of the time he naps on the floor on his blankie. ^^

  8. Draven co-sleeps with us (and will until he is ready to sleep in his cribb or bed. I love havin him sleep with us. He only wakes up once a night (sometimes not at all) to eat and I just nurse him to sleep.
    He has napped in his cribb I think…5 times but most of the time he naps on the floor on his blankie. ^^

    • Aww I didn’t even know you had another little boy πŸ™‚ guess it’s been a long while since we chatted. E. has good nights and bad nights, last night she woke up 6-7 times. Oy.

    • Aww I didn’t even know you had another little boy πŸ™‚ guess it’s been a long while since we chatted. E. has good nights and bad nights, last night she woke up 6-7 times. Oy.

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