Madelyn is a busy girl. Very busy. So busy that sleep seems optional for her.
“Normal” babies are supposed to sleep 14 hours a day at Madelyn’s age. Ha! It’s a struggle to get the bee to sleep before 9:00pm, and if we do, she’s up at 5:00am, ready to play. Here are two typical days from this week:
- Erin started “night night time” at 9, and Madelyn rolled around her crib and fidgeted until 9:45, when I took over. Busy bee finally fell asleep around 10. She only woke up once to nurse (2:00am) but was up for good at 5:30 the next morning. (8.5 hours sleep.)
- I put Madelyn down at 8:45, trying twice to get her to fall asleep by herself, but ending up holding her. She woke at 1:30 and 5:00, then again at 6:30. Erin got her back to sleep, but at 7:20 she was up for good; we put her down and let her run around our room playing for a while. (10.5 hours sleep.)
The worst part is that the less sleep Madelyn gets, the less we get. And I still haven’t gotten used to that. I don’t mind getting up early with her. But it’s hard to get up at 5:30 when I went to bed after midnight. And I feel compelled to stay up late; it’s one of the times I have to get things done.
But the other strategy is probably better: getting up very early. Perhaps I’ll try that for a week or so and see what happens.