I have proof

I really can’t complain about sleep patterns around here.  For the most part things have gone remarkably well.  Seneca is actually a very good sleeper.  Sometimes she forgets that sleep happens at night time, but when I think back to how Calder slept at this age, let’s just say I’m happy with her habits (we’re talking 4-6 hour stretches, folks!)! 

Honestly, it’s most the big boy who is throwing me off kilter these days.  Perhaps it took him a while to fully realize that this new little being was here to stay or the monstrous teeth that are pushing their way through his tender little gums.  Or maybe it’s the incessant snot that’s making him persnickety. 

Whatever the case may be, I can’t seem to get a handle on his unpredictability.  And Garth is equally perplexed.  One night we’ll do bedtime and he’ll go down like a champ without making so much as a peep.  Other nights, he’s screeching off and on for 30+ minutes!  We’re second-guessing ourselves so much now, or trying to help him get back to the beautiful bedtimes we’d enjoyed for nearly 10 months now that we’re starting to muddle the routine.

I guess this is the first of many experiences that humbles me and softens my attitude towards my own parents.  As the oldest, I guess now I should cut my folks a little slack because clearly I can see that much of parenting is trial and error.  And believe me, I’m not above learning from others’ trials or errors.  So if there’s any advice to be had, please (PLEASE!) comment away!

Until then, I’ll meditate on these images, trusting that they both know how to sleep…we’ll just keep working to get it at the right time! 🙂 

Sweet Sleep

Sleepy Girl

Sleepy Eater

Sweet Dreams

3 thoughts on “I have proof

  1. Oh. My. Gosh!!! She is GORGEOUS!! What a beautiful newborn you have (not all are so pretty!) That is amazingly great sleep for such a little one!

    Caden was a lot harder when we first brought Cole home too. He also started having trouble sleeping…waking up in the middle of the night screaming, etc. etc. We didn’t really equate it to bringing Cole home at the time, but I started realizing that a lot of his little behavior issues were for attention. It wasn’t so much that he was upset about the baby, but more that he wanted the kind of attention he had been used to!

    Anyway, I don’t know if I have a ton of advice because it totally is SOOOO trial and error! But, at first we let him stay up and didn’t fight it until it got to be sooo late. If he screamed bloody murder and wasn’t going down nicely, we let him stay up for a while longer and hang out with us. Usually, he would then go down without a fight. There were even a few nights when he didn’t go to bed until 9:30 or 10…which is SOOOOO late for him! But, now he is back to going to bed between 7 and 8 and with no complaints…almost never. I don’t know if any of that helps at all…but, I do know what you are going through!

  2. Mandi-
    Your children are beautiful!

    One thing comes to mind right away for the bedtime advice. Don’t mess with your routine! Whatever was working should be continued. We tried altering at one point and boy were we sorry. Sleeo is so very precious, especially when dealing with other kids all day long. I hope you continue to get good rest and snuggles as often as possible! If you need anything, let us know. We’d love to meet your angel.

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