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Our Best Night Yet

By alismith |

She did it!

Things on Tuesday night were bad. And though I tend to be the optimistic type, the realist in me always knows they could get a whole lot worse.

With a toddler awake from 2 – 5 a.m. and a nursing baby up at 4:30 and again at 7:30 a.m. the previous night, yesterday was a bit rough as far as my energy and mood were concerned. Let’s just say, be happy you weren’t married to me yesterday.

I was pooped, but dreaded going to bed and had trouble falling asleep because I was so anxious that my toddler was going to wake again, as many toddlers do.

But just after having our worst night yet, things really turned up—more than I ever expected. Last night, we had our absolute best night. Toddler stayed in bed and asleep all night (hopefully the night-waking was a one-time deal?), and baby girl slept for … wait for it … seven straight hours! Here’s how it happened:

Yesterday was one of Baby Girl’s most wakeful days. She woke up for the day at 7:30 a.m., then napped from 11 a.m. until noon, and was then awake until 4:45 p.m., when she fell asleep in her stroller. I woke her around 6:45 p.m. after we ate dinner because it was time to nurse.

She took a couple little five- or ten-minute dozes after that, but was mainly awake until about 9:30, when I decided we should give bed time a try, and hope that she didn’t do the whole catnap thing until 1 a.m., like she’s done before. We gave her a bath, I swaddled her up and nursed her, and she was out.

This is nothing new … now it was just a question of whether or not she would stay asleep. This time, glory of glories, she did! I was in bed by 11:30 and I didn’t hear from her until 5:30 a.m., when she was hungry.

I don’t want to rub it in, but can’t tell you how great it felt to get six hours of straight sleep after these weeks of sleeplessness—not to mention the pregnancy sleep which is its own ordeal. Today, we all woke up on the right sides of the bed … or cradle.

I attribute her good sleep to a wakeful day, as well as her healthy size. At just ten weeks, Baby Girl is about as big as many 3- and 4-month-olds at close to 13 pounds. It’s safe to say she gets plenty to eat. She’s bigger than her brother was at her age, and he slept through the night at six weeks old. (Don’t hate me. I’ve been spoiled, and yes, this post is making me worried that I’m jinxing myself.)

When did your baby sleep through the night, and how do you think it happened?

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Ali Smith is a blogger and writer who contributed to Babble.com. More of her work can be found on her personal blog, Ali Loves Curtis.

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7 thoughts on “Our Best Night Yet

  1. Alley says:

    congrats! :)

  2. marlena says:

    First one slept thru at 6 mos, second at 9 mos. You should not tell anyone else about your babies, they will die of jealousy!

  3. brianna says:

    My baby is 6+ months & I can count on one hand how many times she’s given me 6 or 7 hrs of sleep. I envy you.

  4. Katie says:

    I’m urging my seven-week old towards longer sleep… He’s on formula and he eats so much that I’m hoping he’ll start forgetting about his middle-of-the-night feeding. And I know what you mean about a healthy-sized baby. This dude is 15 lbs. at 7 weeks. Of course he was 9.8 at birth, so he had a head start. But I had to pull out the 9 month clothes this morning since the 6 month clothes won’t fit over his bulky cloth diapers. All this to say, congrats on your sleepy night. Here’s hoping our babies will start sleeping more at night… Lord knows I’m tired at the end of the day just from carrying his hugeness around!

  5. paulina says:

    Oh yes, that first night of uninterrupted sleep after months of uncomfortable pregnancy sleep and more months of night feedings is total bliss. I will never forget the day I woke up on my own, not from a baby-alarm. Best feeling ever.

  6. Kay Mummymates.wordpress.com says:

    Ah! That is a nice feeling. My little girl is 9 months old and has yet to sleep through the night. A six hour stretch is a rare treat. I cannot imagine having two! I think you might be onto something with the wakeful day thing…even though they say better naps means better night sleep I find when she has had a busy active day with one solid nap we have a better night.

    Good luck, I hope you have a good stretch of sleep it can truly wake a world of difference!

    Kay

  7. Julia says:

    My DD is 4 weeks old and has slept 8-9ish hour stretches every night since we came home. I do not expect it to continue but count every such night as a blessing from God.

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