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Sabine’s Crib

09/10/2013

Belle

This is happening while  I type! Progress! And I love how her little Chicken, Boobie and kitty are standing post outside her crib. Tiny buddies for my tiny baby :)

This is happening while I type! Progress! And I love how her little Chicken, Boobie and kitty are standing post outside her crib. Tiny buddies for my tiny baby 🙂

You guys, I should have written about my sleep struggles ages ago. I have been a sparse blogger in part due to being very busy and in part because I worry I am doing everything wrong with my child and feared opening myself up to criticism. Y’alls comments and support yesterday had me in tears while nursing Sabine – thank you. Bloggers and blog readers are the best 🙂

Inspired by all your positive stories, I decided to let Sabine try napping in her crib today and you know what? She has napped better today than she has in WEEKS! It could just be a fluke, but I’ll take it. From what I understand, good naps = good nighttime sleep. Maybe tonight I’ll get a solid chunk of sleep? If nothing else, at least I know her sweet little brain is getting enough quiet time today.

Tonight I think I will let her do the first leg of sleep in the crib, and then likely move her to the bedroom to sleep beside me in the cosleeper or Rock ‘n Play (whichever she fancies) for the rest of the night. I hate having my baby girl so far from me (honestly, the distance from our room to hers is about 10 steps so she is NOT that far but still… I like having my baby close) but am wondering if maybe the Professor and I are disturbing her sleep? Maybe we move too much? Maybe our loud sleep farts offend her delicate nose? Who knows! Either way, I’m working on remaining positive and enjoying all these late night cuddle sessions with my baby!

In other news, tomorrow I have my first meeting of a Mommy and Me group that I joined. I’m nervous and excited. The past two weeks in NYC have been lonely. I’m ready to meet some other moms and have a social life again. Hopefully they will like my southernness! I’ll post about the group tomorrow afternoon, provided this napping trend continues.

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  1. September 10, 2013

    That is the most photogenic sleeping bubba I have ever seen! Look at that smiley face! 😀

  2. September 10, 2013

    Every baby is so different, but I will say that whatever you try, give it a couple weeks to “work” instead of just 1 nap or 1 day. Babies need time to learn the new “routine” you’re trying to introduce as well! My kid slept in her Arm’s Reach Co-Sleeper for the first 3-4 hr block at night and in bed next to me after side-lie nursing or in her (moving! unbuckled!) swing for the rest of the night until 6 months. It worked for us! We moved her to the crib at my husband’s insistence around 6-7 months. Like many said on your last post, I wouldn’t worry a whit about any sort of bad habits or sleep routines until at least 4-6 months for sure. Good luck! I hope you make lots of cool new friends tomorrow. 🙂

    • September 11, 2013

      Yep, give them time to adjust. We tried out the new going to bed without massive help routine last night, and it worked. She went right to sleep and slept a long stinking time. What? That never happens. So we tried it with first nap an hour ago and total flop. I think my nearly 7 month old will figure out the new routine but all new at once is not so easy. We had her in the hall between her room 12 steps away and ours in her rock n play for a few months so everyone slept better. Whatever works, go with it and worry about fixing things/changing them at 4-6 or so months.

  3. September 10, 2013

    Woohoo!!! Go Sabine!!!

  4. September 10, 2013

    Yay for a good nap! I hope she sleeps just as beautifully tonight. 🙂

    Good luck at the Mommy and Me group!

  5. jak #
    September 10, 2013

    WOW! woot woot! she looks very peaceful. best wishes, i’m sure you and the bean will figure it out eventually. hopefully from here on out it goes on without a hitch, but, har!, who is THAT lucky? not me, that’s for sure. i just put chupy down for the night, that’s hope he stays that way. he is 30 minutes earlier than usual, which had me flipping out. until my husband prescribed a glass of wine:)

    sweet baby dreams!!!

  6. September 10, 2013

    My girl is a solo sleeper. It took me months to figure it out. She is such a little beauty. Congratulations!

  7. September 10, 2013

    We found, early on, that our E (3 months old on Sunday) sleeps longest in the first part of the night and to let him do so in his bed gives him undisturbed sleep and gets him used to sleeping in his bed and gave us sounder sleep not having to worry about squishing the baby. When he wakes up after this longer sleep, hubs changes him and brings him to bed, were I feed him snuggled in bed and he goes back to sleep there for the rest of the night.

    I wish you a good nights sleep and while it was totally scary and I woke up and jumped out of bed at least every hour for the first week or two (and any time he sleeps longer than usual) to make sure he was still breathing, or just to stare at him, it’s been worth it overall to get us both slowly used to sleeping apart. There are some nights though that I’ve been at work all day and I’m totally selfish and want to cuddle with him and bring him to bed with me first thing.

    The best advice I read was to keep an open mind about sleeping arrangements and try a few things to see what baby likes best.

    Good luck!

  8. September 10, 2013

    God do I love those velcro swaddles! Life savers. And I just joined a mommy group for newborns and it has been a sanity saver. You will love it!!

  9. September 11, 2013

    I love when our babies surprise us! Yay, Sabine!

  10. Kathy #
    September 11, 2013

    Have fun at your Mommy group ! Of course the ladies will love you and the little miss. I’m glad the sleeping is working better…it’s an evolving thing but will work out in time. My sister’s mother in law used to say “One good sleep asks for another” You are doing great !

  11. Nene #
    September 11, 2013

    Happy to hear of your nap success! I will be interested to see how she does in her crib tonight. My husband and I had planned on co-sleeping, but our boy was NOT HAVING IT. He spent the first few months in his swing (I think being upright helped with his reflux) before we transitioned to a pack and play on the far side of our one-bedroom (ahem, glorified studio) apartment. When he turned a year old and we moved to a three bedroom apartment, we finally had a door we could put between us at night and lo and behold, the very first night he slept all night long. Coincidence? Maybe … but I think we were disturbing his sleep. He’s two now and he loves his bed, loves his room, and will only sleep alone. Sometimes I miss the cuddles of those early (sleepless) months.

  12. LMS #
    September 12, 2013

    Hooray for a good nap! I’m just catching up on posts now, but here are my thoughts on sleep, from the mama of a terrible sleeper: Get that sleep however you can. If it’s nursing to sleep, fine. If you need to put her in the sling and take a walk in the afternoon for her to nap, fine. If it’s walking around bouncing and singing a silly song while you jingle a bell in her ear, fine. If it’s alone in her crib, awesome. Be prepared for it to change regularly for a while. You can always change bad habits later. Believe me, she won’t nurse to sleep forever. AND…here’s the big one. She may be too young for you to be getting this question yet, but I HATED it whenever people would ask if he’s sleeping through the night. And it seemed like everyone’s favorite question from the time he was about 6 weeks old. I don’t want to scare you too much, so I won’t tell you how old he was before he slept through the night on a consistent basis. No baby should be expected to sleep all night, and people who say their babies do are either A) Lucky B) Lying.

    Also, growth spurts are for real. Even if you can’t see the growing, developmental spurts can also trigger wacky sleeping. Good luck, mama!! It does get better and you will sleep again, I promise!

  13. September 12, 2013

    Sabine & her chevron sheets are adorable! I hope you both get more sleep with your routine changes.

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