I don’t know how else to put this, so I’m just gonna say it.
I’m SOLD on this sleep scheduling thing.
It’s been a little over 2 weeks since we decided to be firm with G’s schedule and put him to bed early. I figured that once this was regulated, his naps would get easier and more predictable.
The nap stuff…not so much yet. We’re working on it. We have our good days and our bad days. Yesterday: Bad Day. Only two 30 min. naps the ENTIRE day. And believe me, I tried everything. Today, however: Good Day. He’s on his second 2 Hour nap, and all I did was swaddle, nurse, set him in the crib with his pacifier and walk away! He cried for less than 10 seconds (not hyperbole) both times before he was in deep sleep.
As far as bedtime stuff goes? There hasn’t yet been a night where G hasn’t slept for 10-12 hours!! 95% of the time, that’s without even waking to nurse! Just sleeps, straight on through until 6am!
Granted, it’s sometimes quite a chore to get him to sleep. Jesse spent around an hour with him last night while I was out teaching piano lessons (the necessary downside to me working 1-2 hrs./day and pushing G’s bedtime earlier), but Jesse’s finally sent a text saying that he was asleep, giving me time to grocery shop on my way home. Jesse and I were able to have “baby-free” dinner, watching/cheering/booing at the Mavs Game together.
The best part about it all is how consistent it is! Jesse and I can count on at least 2-3 hours of alone time together every evening, while still getting an uninterrupted 7-8 hours of sleep after that! We are very very grateful for both, believe me!
I thought I wasn’t a schedule person. Inside, I’m still not. But I like sleeping at night. And I like getting to look forward to an evening with my husband. Both of these desires totally trump the whole “co-sleeping”, “let-G-decide” part of me. Plus, he’s a much happier kid as a result!
In the end, I think that we’ve always had a “good sleeper” on our hands. He was just a “good sleeper” trapped inside a “tired kid’s” body!