Let’s start with, I don’t want to be the obsessive mom about making sure my baby is on a set schedule. Or at least I didn’t think I wanted to be that person. Problem is that it seems as if I need to start obsessing.
A few weeks ago, we were ecstatic that Maggie was on her way to sleeping through the night. Instead of waking up every few hours, she would sleep from 5-7 hours and then another 4-6 hours depending on the night. It was amazing, I was feeling rested and started to feel as if I was getting a normal life back. I had plans to start spinning (a tad ambitious) at 7 am everyday before she got up. It was beautifully planned out, sleep, exercise and then a fun day with her everyday. Nope.
Its cliche to say, every time you think you know what is going on, the baby will change it for you. People tell me that all the time and I find it infuriating. I love getting advice but when someone says that, I want to punch them in the face. I’ll blame it on hormones…. I probably feel so strongly about this because, as I’m learning, it’s true.
Well we thought everything was working out. Maggie was sleeping, we weren’t tied to a schedule, everything was just happening. YAY! We were the laid back, fun parents that we were wanting to be. HAHA! Of course, this was not meant to be.
What we have figured out is everyone needs a schedule. AJ need to set his schedule to get his work done (whatever it is that he does). I need to set a schedule to get everything in my days done (whatever it is that I do). And it looks like a baby is no different. Maggie is now going to be working on a schedule, at least until we get her sleeping through the night.
Up until today we were letting her dictate our schedule. Since she gets up at 7:30 or so, she’s ready for a nap at 9:30 – We try to put her to bed for the night around 7:30. Other than that, the in between hours were kind of hodge podge of who knows what will happen.
Today, we enact the following plan:
7:30 – Wakes
9:30 – 1st nap
12:00 – Wake from 1st nap
3:00 – 2nd nap
4:30 – Wake from 2nd nap
7:00 – Start bedtime ritual – bathe, read a book, feed
8:00 – Sleep
8:01pm – 7:29am – Hope she doesn’t wake up.
7:30am – Rinse. Lather. Repeat.
Obviously, I’d love to hear any tips that have helped you. Just don’t tell me its going to get worse. I might have to blame my hormones for any ill will I feel towards you.