Here’s how it played out:
9 pm – went down in crib, after nursing to sleep.
11:15 pm – started to fuss; Patrick was able to settle him down in the crib, without even picking him up (go, Patrick!)
11:45 pm – after procrastinating for a while, we climbed into bed without our little one between us – a very strange feeling, indeed. He’s been there for 9 months, so the bed felt quite empty without him.
12:15 am – started to fuss again, which turned into crying; Patrick tried to settle him, but I think he (Patrick) was too tired to succeed, so Nicholas came to join us in bed. So, only 3 hours on his own, but it was a start. He nursed to sleep and slept through to 6am, nursed again and then slept to 9am.
How much the baby sleeps is one of the most popular conversations with new parents and I’ve definitely heard stories from every part of the spectrum – from kids who sleep 12 hours straight to those who barely sleep at all. I’m curious to know why he used to wake only once during the night, but now wakes 2-3 times. Is he teething? Going through a growth spurt? Have I taught him a bad habit that will affect his sleep for years to come? Should I chill out and quit analyzing it so much? Yes, definitely. When I put him in the crib for a nap this morning, it worked. I didn’t nurse him to sleep first – I just put him in when he looked tired. He fussed for a few minutes and then fell silently to sleep for an hour. Every day brings a new experience and a new opportunity to learn – let’s see what tonight and tomorrow bring.