Thursday, February 11, 2010

It's Finally Getting Easy

Actually, bath time has always been a piece of cake with her, but this picture is too cute.

I thought things were going to be much easier with number two, but not so. A couple weeks ago we had the most horrible night yet, it's hard being sleep-deprived for 3 months straight. It was then that I decided Esme was being (1)weaned of the binkie, (2)going on a strict schedule in the day, and (3)learning to go longer stretches through the night. I ended up learning to not make rash decisions in such a desperate state and that I shouldn't compare us to a certain friend whose baby has been sleeping through the night since she was 6 weeks. Esme only agreed to one of those and I gave up on the other two, figuring I was more sleepless trying to hold her and tie her over for a couple more hours during the middle of the night than just feeding her when she wanted.

I also decided the Baby Whisperer doesn't have it all right. Eat, Activity, Sleep, Yourself she says. I understand the separation of eating and sleeping so the baby doesn't need to nurse to fall asleep, but Esme was taking 6 45 minute naps a day because she grew too hungry to sleep longer since she'd been awake for a while after eating. So we do EAESY, 2 hours awake, 2 hours asleep. Now we have a good routine with 2 long naps and one short nap during the long stretch before bed time.

As a second-time mom I know that just when things start looking up, little ones change and find reasons to not sleep well (growth spurts, teething, new mobility, stuffy nose), so I'm not counting on anything. Currently I'm just grateful yet stressing myself trying to figure out how to recreate the circumstances that led her to sleep her 10 hours last night, only waking once to eat, the likes of which have never happened before. Was it the long-sleeve onesie making it harder to bust out of a swaddle, was it staying up late, was it the humidifier on high? Probably none of the above.

It could be her plumpness. I weighed her on the kitchen scale (we don't own a regular one) the other day and she's now 10 pounds, the point at which I've read means they can start sleeping through the night. If we could just get Eli to do the same. Sheesh. Not complaining. Really. Although I would be if I was the one going to him.

Believe it or not, this is the condensed version, I could've gone on much longer.


Anna said...

Seriously, she is one cute baby. :)

Staci said...

She's adorable!

And I completely understand how you feel with the sleeping thing. I don't think my son slept through the night until he was around three!

Grandma Corrales said...

awwwwwwwww, very sweet!

Raising children is kinda like the Peace Corp. slogan..."the toughest job you'll ever love"....

Sarah Flib said...

You're doing a great job, Helena. Your kids are adorable and happy and healthy and growing . . . I love it. And I'm glad you're finally starting to get more sleep. I loved the line about Esme only agreeing to one of the three changes. Ha! That's totally how it is sometimes. I like to read lots of different books and advice and then take the pieces that work for me and my baby. It sounds like that's what you're doing too, so way to be.

Esther said...

That is a cute picture! I'm glad it's getting easier for you, it took about 6 months before it got as easy as I was expecting it to be with 2 kids :)