“Oh, Son-Two, must you drool in my mouth?”
“I must, mamma, if you are kissing me when my mouth drools.”
“Awwww! Mamma – I don’t like being thrown up in the air – I’m only 2 months old!”
“Sorry, honey – I forgot you were just a wittle bady.”
“Son-Two, your younger cousin is sleeping through the night though she is not yet two weeks old. Let’s have a little talk about this.”
“Let’s not talk, mamma. Let’s go to bed. I’m tired.”
“How about I put you in the other room and swaddle you real good, and maybe we’ll both sleep better?”
“I don’t care, mamma, I just want to sleep.”
“I’m gonna miss you, Son-Two, but we both need to sleep more and chat less in the middle of the night.”
“Just put me in my cozy bed, mamma, please.”
The peer pressure must have worked. He heard that Emma (my new niece!) was sleeping 8 hours at a stretch. I yawned at the very idea of sleeping 8 hours at a stretch, and promptly moved his bassinete out of my bedroom and down the hall where I would not hear every little stirring and grunt from my little son. Taking a hint from Aunt Bethany, I also swaddled him tightly (I’d been getting lazy about that), and then kissed him 6 more times before abandoning him in the back bedroom. I didn’t hear a peep from him for 8 hours. It worked! He can’t wait to tell his cousin what a good night’s sleep he had.
I just started scheduling Seth this week. Waiting to find his rhythm rather than forcing him into a schedule when I didn’t even know him yet has been very relaxing and much less stressful than the other two baby’s first months. Maybe we could take this relaxed approach because Seth is such a sleepy baby to begin with? I don’t know. I just kinda let him sleep a lot ’cause he seemed to like that and I have such a long list of things to do while he naps. I was beginning to wonder, though, whether I would regret it because a good daytime schedule is what helps them sleep through the night. But then he did it himself. All by himself. In the other room without my help. I missed him, but I also slept really well. Mmmmm. Feels good.
If you are interested in helping your baby get on a healthy eating and sleeping schedule, you may glean some ideas from this book. I said glean. Don’t go overboard. Make the schedule work for you, rather than you slaving away to keep to the schedule. There, that’s all I’m gonna say. I’m done. Now.