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She Slept Through The Night….In Her Swing

I’ve learned to value sleep a lot more since becoming a mom. When I became a mom of two, my value for sleep increased even more. One of the things that I worried about during my pregnancy with Avery was getting back into a routine of being woken up several times during the night. Thankfully pregnancy prepares you a little bit for that (I got up several times at night just to use the restroom.)

My first child was an awful sleeper and woke up every hour during the night and was so hard to get back down. When Avery was born, I prepared for the worst and hoped for the best. On our first night at the hospital she slept for five hours. Thinking that maybe it was just a one time thing, I just considered myself lucky for the night. As the night’s went on, she continued to be a great sleeper. I was beginning to think I hit the sleep jackpot.

No longer do I think I hit the jackpot, I know I did. On Monday, at just two months, Avery slept through the night for the first time. But there is a catch…..She slept in her swing the entire night.  Does that count?

It absolutely does! With my first, I was so nervous about where she slept and wanted to get her into a great sleep routine. This time around, I am much more relaxed and will let Avery sleep just about anywhere she is comfortable. I would never have considered letting her sleep in the swing a couple of years ago because I didn’t want her to get used to it and need it in order to fall asleep. What I’ve learned is that I need my sleep just as much as she does, if she wants to sleep in the swing, then let her be.

I never intended for her to sleep in the swing on Monday night. I put her in there so I could get ready for bed. When I came back she was already asleep. Following the advice of my mother who told me never to wake a sleeping baby, I went to bed thinking I would be up in a couple of hours to feed her anyway.

Around 2am I woke up to find Avery still sleeping. Naturally I got up to make sure she was still breathing (please tell me this is something most moms do.) Once that was confirmed, I climbed back in my bed to go back to sleep. At 5:30am I was awoken by my husbands alarm clock, not a crying, hungry baby. I couldn’t believe it, I had finally gotten a full night’s sleep. It was incredible!

For the past two nights she continued this trend in her swing. Last night she slept over 10 hours and probably could have slept more (I had to wake her to take my other daughter to camp.) It was absolutely incredible.

When was the first time your baby slept through an entire night?

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