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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

To Sleep or Not to Sleep?!

HA HA, Well, it isn't really up to us I guess! Eden is sleeping pretty well at night these days (knock on wood). Last night she had her last feeding of the day at 11:00 and didn't wake up again until 4:00-ish and then again around 9:00. I never thought that I would think that was enough sleep, but I feel pretty good day after day...until it becomes bed time!

Even though sleep is coming pretty easily and in long(er) bouts than it was before, we're still facing one slight problem...Eden is sleeping in the bed with us :( We're trying real hard to get her out of the bed and into her cradle, bassinet, or crib, but it isn't working out very well right now. I keep telling myself that patience is what will pay off in this case, but for right now, I feel that sleep is SO much more important! We've tried putting her car seat in the cradle beside the bed because she seems to be comfortable in her car seat - that didn't work. We've tried letting her sleep in different positions, with and without her wedges to hold her in place, and we've even tried letting her fall asleep in the bed and transferring her to different places...nothing seems to work! I'm also holding out on the crib sleeping because our room is on the opposite side of the house from her room. This isn't too far away, but in the middle of the night it seems like its MILES away! With all the effort that it can take sometimes to get her to fall asleep and stay asleep I like being closer to my bed (or even in my bed) as we're trying to get her to stay asleep in the middle of the night.

Right now Little Miss Priss is sleeping in her crib for her nap. We are trying to let her stay awake for about 2 hours at a time - if she will even stay awake that long - and then putting her down for "naps" in her crib. Today has been the most successful day with the crib napping. It took her about 30 minutes of fussing and crying with us patting her back before she fell asleep and she's only been asleep for about 20 minutes now, so we'll see how long it lasts. I read an article in a baby magazine about sleeping schedules and napping that said we should make her stay in the crib for an hour no even if she's awake (with constant comforting from us, but not taking her out of the crib) and put her back down for another nap in 2 hours if she stays awake that long to help establish a routine and get her into a napping schedule. Of course, if she goes to sleep and stays asleep we'll let her sleep for as long as she needs.

Hopefully these crib naps will help us establish a good sleeping habit and we'll be able to keep her in her crib at night so that Lane and I can get more restful sleep without worrying about the covers coming up close to her face, our pillows being to close to her, us rolling on her, etc. We'll make sure to keep you posted to let you know how everything works out with our sleeping habits around here! I hope to be able to report some kind of progress sooner than later!

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