We’ve had three nights in a row of a somewhat predictable night time sleep routine! I hope that in writing this I haven’t just jinxed our good fortune. (Please, please, let me not have just jinxed us…)
We tried starting a night time routine about a week (or maybe two?? they’re all running together for me…) ago and we got one night in and then failed. Miserably. This might’ve been the same night I previously called the worst night ever.
Three nights ago we went to Babies R Us to buy an activity mat for Joshua’s one-month birthday. He was inconsolable the WHOLE way home from the store. He cried/fussed/screamed for the entire 20-25 minute drive. Dan and I fought about whether or not one of us needed to ride in the back seat with him. (Dan thinks/thought yes; I think/thought not all the time…what am I supposed to do when I’m driving the car and there’s no one else with me?? I can’t drive from the back seat…) Basically, nothing we did consoled him. At all.
It was about 8:30 when we got back home, so I fed him and then we gave him a bath. My son LOVES the water (see…he was supposed to be a Pisces, but the stubborn Aries in him kept him in too long…). The bath just mellows him out and he’s all “ahhhhhhh” while he’s in there. See:
After the bath, we rubbed him down with some bed time lotion and swaddled him up and cuddled with him. But he started getting fussy because he was overtired. Things were not looking good. At about 10:00 we gave him a bottle (he gets a bottle a day so Dan can feed him and I can work on a freezer stash) and by 10:30, he was asleep.
He slept until 2:00 or 3:00 a.m!
When he woke up, Dan brought him to me while I got my pillows all ready, then I fed him and he fell right back to sleep until 6:00ish, at which time he woke up, ate, stared at the headboard or ceiling fan, chattered at us a little, and then fell back to sleep until 9:00 or 10:00 a.m.
We’ve had approximately this same pattern for three nights in a row.
Daytime naps are a whole ‘nother issue, but YIPPEE for getting to sleep in my bed for four hours at a time!
I could do backflips right now!
Seriously, if I just jinxed us by bragging about this, I will have a meltdown that might send me straight to the pharmacy with my Lexapro prescription in hand…