A little over a month ago when Abigail reached the half year mark (see more on that here), we said goodbye to the following items:
- The swaddle
- The bassinet
- The sleep we’d been enjoying since Abigail was 2.5 months old
While #1 and #2 may have been quite the adjustment for Abigail, #3 was a brutal adjustment for Mommy and Daddy.
Yes, we were lucky. For her to sleep consistently *through the night at such a young age was amazing. We knew it. We appreciated it.
And we were devastated when it ended. We’d look at each other and say, “Why’s she going backwards?!? What’s happening? It’s your turn. No, it’s your turn!”
I blame it on the lack of swaddling. Abigail LOVED it (after thinking she hated it for the first few weeks of her life. Rookie mistake, Mommy & Daddy. Remember that with baby #2…).
All of a sudden she had free flailing arms and legs just waiting to wake her up. New muscles learning to roll and attempting to crawl (also waking her up). Crazy toes poking through carefully buttoned pajamas somehow unbuttoning them and exposing her once enclosed digits to our drafty San Francisco apartment.
Elements we had no control of.
Elements no longer controlled by a swaddle.
And while it was the right move, it’s been a tough transition. For all.
I also blame myself.
Gone are the days of her napping on a whim (something I tried as a SAHM). Gone are the days of Abigail abiding to “my schedule” (which no longer exists, but I’m sure you know what I mean). Gone are the days of me thinking she’s all of a sudden going to sleep through the night again without much effort by Mommy and Daddy.
It’s time for a change.
It’s time to get this sleeping thing under control.
It’s time for a schedule (or at least it’s time to try one).
And as I sit here at 8:55pm on a Sunday night, I’m proud to say that I’m one week into a set schedule (which I’ll share soon)…we’ve had three successful **full nights of sleep since we began our schedule…and we’re over an hour into our evening of adult-only leisure (meaning Abby’s sleeping, Mommy’s writing, and Daddy’s watching Entourage – the perfect Sunday evening).
So far, so good.
Stay tuned and wish us luck!
What’s your schedule? When did you set it? How’s it working out?
*”through the night” definition: 10 or 11pm until 5 or 6am
**”full night of sleep” definition: 9pm until 7am