My Baby Has a Sleep Routine, and I Feel Like a New WomanDevan McGuinness
I feel like a new woman! I am not kidding — I am riding on a 3-day long stretch of clear sleep routine from baby “Silver,” and I am impressed with how much has changed around here.
To be clear, he’s not “sleeping through the night” which typically means sleeping for 6-8 hour stretches. He is sleeping for 3-4 hours at a time at night, which is a huge improvement from his 45-minute naps all night long.
Not only is he sleeping better during the night, he seems to have carved out two awesome naps during the day — one that’s three hours long and a second one later in the evening for two hours.
I know that four hours of sleep a night may not sound like enough to you ‚ my husband considers anything less than seven hours of sleep pointless, but for me, having had so little sleep since Silver was born, those four hours feels like a mega-refreshed 12-hour sleep. And his naps during the day, which he takes by himself up in our room, means I can homeschool my older three children with more ease, eat at least once during the day, and peg out a few hours of work too.
It’s been absolutely incredible. I know that my sharing this means I’m probably jinxing the whole situation, but at least I know Silver knows how to sleep on his own now. I was a little worried!
So, how did I get this worked out? I just waited. There was no miracle solution, and since I don’t believe in sleep-training, I just waited for him to carve out his own routine that worked for him. I was confident that once he was able to be more active — and he sure is now — that he’d tire himself out enough to sleep better. And that’s what he’s been doing.
I find myself to be much happier with a well-rested view on life. I find the balance of all the things I have to do coming to a clearer “I can do” attitude, and Silver is a happier little dude too!
How do you handle lack of sleep? Does it make a big difference when you’ve had a well-rested night?
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Devan is a freelance writer living in Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and four kids. No, those aren’t her kids’ real names – they’re online pseudonyms. Read more from Devan on Babble and “like” byDevan on Facebook!