Time to Sleep

Time to Sleep

 Well the Blue Eyed gang has hit the one month mark and then some.  Over the past couple days Baby Blue Eyes has been getting very fussy at night.  I chalked it up to him not feeling well (he has a bit of a stuffy nose).  Then I realized we hadn’t been following any sort of sleep schedule.  Up until this point we were following what he wanted to do and knowing that my maternity leave was going to be ending I knew we needed to be more scheduled.  Also, the schedule would be so much better for baby and hopefully help with his crabbiness! 🙂

That is when I pulled out the trusty sleep book, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child, by Marc Weissbluth.  I read this prior to Baby Blue Eyes arriving and then at about week 3 but hadn’t looked at it since.  After looking over the chapter this morning I realized it is time to get serious about sleep and a sleep schedule.  This book gives a great list of drowsy signs which I typed up as easy reference for Mr. Blue Eyes and I (we have it hanging on the fridge).  Then as the book suggested I am beginning to keep a sleeping/feeding log.  You can find a lot of apps, free and for a cost, that will help you do this but Mr. Blue Eyes and I are pencil and paper people.  I created this log and plan to print out a few sheets at a time to keep on the counter.  This will also be helpful when Mr. Blue Eyes takes over watching the babe in November.  Feel free to click on the links below and print copies for yourself!

Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child

Drowsy Signs

Baby Drowsy Signs

Sleep Log

Baby Sleeping Log

 Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Baby recommends a few sleep strategies to try when you notice your baby is getting drowsy.  The two that appeal to me the most are, “Let Cry,” Ignoring, Extinction and Controlled Crying, Partial Ignoring, Graduated Extinction.  These are not easy strategies because as any of you moms know when you hear your baby cry your immediate reaction is to grab that sweet thing, snuggle him and do whatever you can to make them feel better.

This afternoon we began with the “Let Cry” strategy.  We just finished a feeding and a diaper change so I knew Baby Blue Eyes was ready to go down.  He sleeps very well in his crib (he has since about the fourth day home from the hospital) at night so that is where I began his nap.  We made it a good 1o min {mama couldn’t take it} and that is when I decided we were moving from the “Let Cry” strategy to controlled crying.  I went in and began to soothe sweet Baby Blue Eyes with his pacifier.  This went on for a good 45 minutes with a few quiet breaks of sleep.  About an hour into our first go at a sleep schedule Baby Blue Eyes moved to his swing where he fell fast asleep for a much needed snooze.  Yikes, we have some work to do.

Moving away from sleep, here are some pictures from our one month photo shoot and some others from our road trip (yes, we are crazy and took a newborn on a 17 hour road trip).   I had to do some adjusting with Baby Blue Eyes one month photo because we were in Wisconsin I think they still turned out pretty darn cute!

One Month Baby Photos

Our sweet boy at one month.

One Month Baby Photograph

Little Baby Blue Eyes loves the light!

First boat ride

His first boat ride and he loved it!

Blue Eye Life

A break at a hotel during our road trip.

Blue Eye Life

Our cozy car ride. Yes, that is me in the middle between both babies.

I began writing this post yesterday and currently {as of 10:10 this morning 😉 } Baby Blue Eyes is following some sort of sleep schedule.  He slept from 9:50 last night to 5:30 this morning.  Baby Blue Eyes has been doing this for a few weeks now.  When Baby Blue Eyes got up he got changed, ate and took about an hour long cat nap.  Then at 7:15 he ate a little more and we played in his room until I saw some yawns and fussiness at about 8:45.  That is when I pulled out the big guns…the stroller ride {never fails}.  After a 10 minute ride he went from drowsy to fast asleep and is currently adding to his 1.5 hour nap.  I could get used to this! 🙂

I will keep you posted on our sleep progress.  As a new mother though I already know that babies have a schedule of all their own but we will do our best!

Happy Saturday {Go Badgers and Packers!}

~C

Celia

About Celia

I am a blue eyed gal living with my blue eyed hubby and our blue eyed Weimaraner in Wisconsin. Teaching is my day job and I just love it! There is nothing that I would rather be doing for my profession. In my free time I love designing and crafting our little apartment. I also have a love of all things water like swimming and boating. Take a minute or two to get to know my blue eyed family.

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