Today we just hung out. We did absolutely nothing all day.
Well I take that back. I did lots of laundry, and cleaned the master bathroom. But everyone else did nothing.
Cady took the opportunity to hang out with Caesar. She has started getting more interested in him. I was lucky enough to get a little video of her petting him.
Tonight we went to dinner with some friends of ours that live downtown. They were great enough to drive up here to see us. We had good dinner, drinks and conversation at Carraba’s. Cady poked herself in the eye with a toy and had a slight meltdown. So dinner was cut short. Now she is bathed, fed and asleep (without and swaddle or a paci). Jason and I are watching Coyote Ugly and just chilling out. Its been kind of perfect day.
The above picture is what a happy baby that sleeps through the WHOLE night unswaddled looks like! (during a post-bottle bounce session)
We decided just to go for it and give the whole unswaddled baby thing a shot. We weren’t married to the idea and if it had proved to be difficult then we would bust out the second blanket. I was so prepared for this to be the case that I specifically washed a blanket that was going to be used and had them sitting out on the changing table.
We did the whole normal bedtime routine, bath, bottle, but without the swaddle. Jason took her into her room and rocked her. Normally we take her paci before we lay her down in the crib. She was NOT having that. You win some you lose some, so the paci went to sleep with her.
Jason laid her down drowsy, and she put herself to sleep. I was completely impressed. But I was still not convinced at this point. I expected the screaming to commence at any moment. I was captivated by the video monitor. Just watching and waiting for her to wake up and demand to become a baby burrito again.
She laid there. Completely content. Like the little angel she is. Then it happened. She started stirring. I stood up, ready to go swaddle her. She spit out her paci (here it comes), rolled on her side, let out a sigh and slept peacefully and perfectly until 5:30 am.
I, on the other hand, didn’t sleep so well. I guess I hyped myself up for this to be a struggle that I couldn’t wrap my mind around the fact that it wasn’t. Every movement, every heavy breath, everything woke me up because obviously she wasn’t going to sleep through the night unswaddled. It will probably take me a few more nights to get used to a baby that moves around in her crib, but I’ll make it through I’m sure.
Oh and this is how I found her this morning (cute bald spot, huh?):
That is the question.
About 15 weeks ago, I discovered my saving grace in the book The Happiest Baby on the Block by Dr. Harvey Karp. Through the 5 “S’s” technique, Cadence has consistently slept through the night since she was four weeks old. It has worked. It has worked well. Until now.
She is stronger and far squirmier (yes, this is a word) now, and for the last few nights I (or Jason) have been up several times a night to reswaddle after our little Hercules breaks out of her swaddle. So now the swaddle seems far less perfect than before. I was getting a whole nights sleep. I’m talking 7+ hours without interruption here.
I can’t complain a whole lot. I know there are still 4 month olds out there who need nighttime feedings. We aren’t doing that. We just get up, reswaddle, maybe rock a little bit, and we’re back in bed. Plus, it doesn’t take long to get her to sleep in the first place. If I could swaddle her until she goes to college, I would. Jason tells me that is frowned upon, so we’re going to have to do this sooner or later.
So here are my options:
A) Immediately stop the swaddle. I’m sure it will be rough for a few nights, but eventually she’ll get back into her sleeping routine. Right?
B) Swaddle with 2 blankets. This is what several friends have suggested. It seems like a good fix. Or am I just prolonging the inevitable?
I guess I’ll let you know what we decided (and how it went tomorrow). Wish us luck!
I’m a mid 20’s new mother and wife living in a suburb of a major metropolitan area.
My husband, Jason, and I have been married for 3 years. We were college sweethearts and best friends.
Thirteen months ago, Jason and I decided to make our duo a trio. We added Cadence Cozette into the mix on February 15th, 2008.
I hope to write about our mundane, everyday lives so that our family and friends can keep up with us.