Friday, February 11, 2011

Sleep


Sleep. It's a common theme among my mommy friends right now. Our babies are getting older. Shouldn't they be sleeping in their own crib? Putting themselves to sleep? Napping once or twice a day? Ay yi yi.

I can tell you that I'm getting tired of being Anna's sleep aid. Sure, in the early days it was SO EASY to just pop her onto the boob and off to dreamland she went. Now it's frustrating to wrestle with her as she pops on and off and on and off before she decides she's ready to settle down and sleep. Only mommy can put her to bed. Only mommy will do in the middle of the night. I fantasize about the time in the future when daddy puts her to bed.

We don't have a long, drawn out bedtime routine. We go upstairs around 8. Turn down the lights, get into jammies and snuggle in the chair and nurse. Only, she usually isn't ready to settle down and wants to get down and play for a bit, then comes back to me for 'num nums' and goes to sleep fairly fast. I've tried stories in the past, but she's pretty grabby and impatient with that still so I'll try again when she's older. I lay her down in the crib and lately she's asleep for 3-5 hours.

It's after this first waking that I'm trying to go to her room, nurse her back to sleep and put her back into the crib. This is what she often fights. She springs back awake as soon as I lay her down. I've tried quite a few times out of exhaustion and frustration to let her cry it out. Last night, after her first waking at 1:30, she did this. I let her cry and fuss, going back in every few minutes, stretching out to 15 minutes, to lay her down, soothe her, nurse her once more, change a poop, and eventually, after 2 hours, she stayed laying down as I rubbed her belly, then quietly snuck out as she gave in to sleep for a few more hours.

My goal is to start breaking the nurse/sleep association in order to help her start soothing herself to sleep.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

10 months old!


Since we last left off, Anna got two more teeth! Teething started just as I got the flu. Fun times.

Other new skills? Pulling to stand just a bit more. Saying dah-ee.

Sleep has gotten a lot better! She's now going 5-7 hour stretches in her crib quite often. But, just as we think it's going good, she reverts and won't go to sleep in her crib. The improvement is promising though. I look forward to when she can self-soothe and doesn't always need to nurse to sleep.

Food wise, she really likes solids, nurses lots, drinks from a sippy and straw. She has been a bit picky the past few days so I'm hoping it's just from teething. Egg is one food she consistently won't eat, except for that one time she loved daddy's cheesy scrambled eggs. We do a bit of self feeding and spoon feeding and for the most part she just eats what we eat.

She's wearing 9-12 month clothing. Still under 17 pounds at last weight check.

Probably my biggest frustration right now is her newfound fear of the bath after a face plant in the water.

The time to plan her birthday is quickly approaching. I can't believe it!