Tuesday, September 09, 2008
Update on Eloise's sleep
I know you're all losing sleep (har har) over my dramatic recent post about how terrible Miss Eloise's sleep has been, so I thought I would share an update.
Things are definitely getting better. It's like a two steps forward, one step back sort of deal, but things are improving. After the wedding was over and all of the guests were gone and we settled back in to real life we finally enacted a bedtime routine. I know this is probably the very first thing we should have done with her way back when, but we never did. Matt and I aren't too much of routine type people so I think it's really hard for us to get in to one. It's really been wonderful, though. Our new routine is as follows:
6:45 jammies on
7:00 quiet play time or watch a tv show or go for a walk
7:30 brush teeth/potty/read two night time stories and snuggle in bed
8:00 light's out for Iris and move to the living room chair for Eloise to nurse
After nursing Matt has been taking her in to the bedroom and laying with her until she falls asleep. Some nights it's not so bad, taking about an hour and a half before she falls asleep (and yes, that actually is progress for her!) and some nights she has had a really hard time. Last week Thursday she wasn't staying asleep and was very cranky until midnight (yes, four hours after going to bed)-- I realized later that I think it was because I had re-arranged the bedroom earlier that day. Even I had a harder time sleeping that night. Oops.
Tonight was the best night so far, though. Matt went in with her at about 8:15 and her needed to come out at 9:00 to get something from a friend who was dropping by. Not sure what he said to Eloise, but he was able to walk out of the bedroom while she was still awake and then we never heard another peep from her! Craziness. This makes the third time ever she has put herself to sleep at night.
We are under no illusion this is the new thing for her, but it is a step in the right direction! Matt and I were looking at each other and laughing about all of this free time we have tonight. Whatever will we do? A little Wii is certainly in order!
p.s. the picture above was taken last week on Eloise's first day of school!