Sleep… or lack thereof

Somewhere around 7-10 weeks, sweet BabyBird decided that crib was no longer the place to sleep or take naps. And also around that same time, MommaBird was exhausted with the nighttime nursing sessions and out of sleep deprivation brought the wee one to bed one night. I even joked a few days later that I would be creating a monster, and sure enough it only took a week or two to make my statement come true! I still swaddled him at night and we got into a great bedtime routine and he knew exactly what was to follow after bath, massage, nurse and then sleepy time. With the swaddle he slept pretty good, we even got a few rare 5 hour time blocks here and there which helped my sanity. But then there were the 2 hour, or even the 1.5 hour sleep cycles and then would require… err demand, a nursing session for 15-30 minutes, then rocking and finally the little guy would close his eyes and fall asleep. It was the 1.5 hour ones that drove me to bring him to bed and try to use the co-sleeper bassinet. BabyBird took to the co-sleeper bassinet like a fish to water, he hated it! Why sleep within arm’s reach of mom when you could sleep in mom’s arms? Uh.. yeah, you can guess which one he preferred. So the co-sleeping/family bed/cuddling/absolute-sweet-cuddling took place. In the beginning it was absolutely heart melting and not only did we both sleep better, but it also renewed my heart towards my baby. Nursing was easier, I could wake up and get myself ready before he completely woke up and nurse and then quickly fall back asleep without ever having to get out of bed. Fast forward another week or two and he started to bust out of his swaddle, even the SwaddleMe blankets with Velcro. Last Wednesday, (May 4th… and I only know this because I looked at my Facebook news feed) we gave up the swaddle. The first nights sucked! He would swing his arms around and kick his legs whenever he was put down on the bed. But when cuddled up and sleeping on his side, he was fine and was able to sleep and he stopped trying to break free of the swaddle all night long. It’s been a bumpy ride these last few days (and it’s only Monday, not even a full week yet since we stopped swaddling) without the swaddle and seeing how he adjusts. BabyBird just has a strong startle reflex and throws his little arms up in the air and wakes himself up. But slowly he is getting a bit better with controlling his arms. I hope in a few weeks he looses this reflex and can be set down to sleep without us having to lay our hands on him and hold his arms down gently for awhile until he settles down to sleep. And right now as I type this, BabyBird is asleep solo for the first time in weeks without the swaddle. Step One is complete!

 

We went and visited his daycare center today, which is a Montessori School. Met with his teachers again, got a list of supplies to bring and overall looked around the room he would be in. His class right now is composed of mainly 1 year olds who are sitting by themselves and eating snacks at tables with little chairs, plates and cups of milk. He will be the youngest one in class when he goes in 2 weeks so I hope it’s a smooth transition for him. The teachers are really nice and the school is clean, organized and well taken care of.