Ahhh sleep!

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Warning…if you don’t have kids (and maybe even if you do), this post is probably going to be boring.

Blake is (knock on wood) finally sleeping through the night (well, waking up at 5am…but that’s good enough for me!!). I am breathing a BIG sigh of relief. After 10 months of not getting more than 3 hrs sleep at a time he finally started stretching out his sleeping periods. He goes to bed at around 7pm and he was waking at 10, 12 , 2, 4…then he started waking at 12, 2, 4…then 2, and 4…then 3 and 5…and now just at 5am. Mind you this was all on his own and within a few short weeks! We’ve discovered that he sometimes “wakes” and cries out for a couple of minutes then (gasp) puts himself back to sleep. Previously we would rush in when we heard him, because we thought that if we were able to get to him before he REALLY woke up, that we could possible lull him back to sleep. But one night (probably because I was already asleep) Dave decided he would let him cry for a bit to see what would happen and viola! He is only napping once a day, most days now, which is probably less than other babies his age, but it is impossible to get him to take a 2nd nap early enough to be able to get him to sleep by 7pm so that he has a long enough night sleep period since we have to be up by 6:00am so that I can be at work at a reasonable time (can you tell it makes me crazy?!).

Anyhow…we are all much happier with this arrangement and very glad that sleep troubles are behind us…at least until the next set comes (and we all know it’s not IF it’s WHEN). Which reminds me…I really should be in bed. Sleep tight webiverse!

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  1. #1 by Colleen Rutherford on September 22, 2010 - 8:28 pm

    We let both kids cry it out in the middle of the night but it was much, much harder with Anna. Every kid is different but we also worried that she would wake Alex up–which still happens from time to time. As for the nap thing, Alex was a STAUNCH two naps a day until he was nearly 19 months old. Drove me freaking batty!! Anna, is now only 14 months old and has all but dropped that second nap. For a while, I told myself I was doing something wrong. Now, I’ve just given up and realized, EVERY KID IS DIFFERENT! And with that, the guilt magically disappeared. Good Luck, girlie! I know you’re doing an awesome job–just because you’re you!! ;-D

  2. #2 by Traci on September 29, 2010 - 11:12 am

    Yay Blake! Delaney is sleeping 9 hours right now, which I find complete bliss. She goes to sleep around 8pm and wakes around 5am. She usually likes to go right back to sleep until about 7:30am (not really a morning girl), but that’s all going to change next week when she starts daycare – eeks – just when we thought we had it good. I hope the 9-hour nights at least continue for a while. Here’s to wishful thinking! May Blake continue to embrace the loveliness of sleep.

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