She goes to bed between 8 and 9 most nights. She fights sleep for anywhere between 5 minutes and 1.5 hours. Daddy has great fun on those 1.5 hour nights.
Then she sleeps for anywhere from 1/2 hour to 3 hours. (usually depends on how much she ate, if not much than 1/2 hour later we feed her more and then she sleeps longer.) She generally sleeps anywhere from 1.5 to 3 hours at a stretch all night, and wakes up to be fed breifly, then goes back to sleep. She does know it's night time, altho occasionally she thinks a 1 am party might be fun. She's usually only up for an hour if that happens, since we keep it dark and boring in her room all night long.
By 6 am she is usually waking up every hour or so, maybe every half hour. I usually climb in the twin bed and snuggle after 7, my goal is to get to sleep in until 8.
We usually get up for the day around 8:30.
Still reading? I shall reward you with a totally unrelated but very cute pic of Ru.
So the first set of question marks is for the beginning of last night. We had choir practice last night, and Auntie Judy is out of town so I figured I would have to handle Ru mostly by myself. So when she was fussy and looking like she really needed a nap around 5:45, we decided to give it a go even tho we usually don't do naps after 6. She did go to sleep right around 6, and stayed asleep until right around 7. We did go to choir, and she was very good, she sat happily on auntie sharon's lap the whole time. (the kid has a jillion aunties at church... ;)
We got home around 8:30, and Brian went thru the standard bedtime routine while I caught up on my email and played on the computer.
Sometime after 9:30 I noticed the noises from Ru's room were getting louder instead of quieter. So I went to pump so I could relieve Brian, as he gets very frustrated when she refuses to go to sleep. By the time I was done she was yelling pretty constantly. Not crying in distress or discomfort, just yelling/crying because she's bored and refusing to go to sleep.
So I let Brian go to bed, and I turned on a lamp and got into bed with her and played my nintendo DS and chatted with her. She quieted down and watched for a while. When she got bored and started fussing I gave her a toy, and when she got bored with that I switched to another toy, etc.
Soon it was after 11:30, so I decided to change her diaper, and maybe spike her bottle with some rice cereal. We had to go get the rice cereal, and then the dog wanted out, so we finally got back into bed, lights off, at midnight. She went to sleep pretty quickly. Finally. So bedtime was not a good time last night.
Fast forward to about 4:30, when Brian came in to wake me up to pump. I was aware Ru had woken up enough to wimper and shift around a bit, but she had not cried or needed me all night! I pumped and went back to bed, she didn't wake up and need to be fed until 6:00. She didn't eat much, so I wasn't suprised when she woke up again at 6:30. I was a bit more pushy with the bottle when she started to drift off and got her to eat a bit more.
We woke up again (and for the day) at 9:30. So in 9.5 hours, she only woke up twice!!! That's a record for her!
Here's another fun, totally unrelated pic.
So the second set of question marks are for my wondering: If she did this 9.5 hour stretch consistantly, would it actually be an improvement over our 12 hours of broken sleep? Was it the late nap that made her stay up so late? Was it the staying up late that made her sleep so well? Should I wear my lucky socks more often??
Tune in next time for more nighttime adventures of the Olsen kid....