Kristi asked me when I sleep. To tell you the truth, I probably sleep more than most mamas as I have been consistently having a daytime siesta with the two littlies for a few weeks now. I don't necessarily sleep. Sometimes I read a book or some blog posts I've flagged, but I am still lying with my feet up and my head against a pillow.
I started the siesta because Indigo wasn't sleeping longer than one sleep cycle for her naps. In order to 'train' her body into longer sleeps I decided to be there the moment she woke up so that I could shove a nipple in her mouth enabling her to go right back to sleep. She's a serious suckaholic you see. Such a suckaholic that yesterday I broke down and bought a dummy (see this past post about my thoughts on dummies). Then, as always happens when you're at total breaking point, before I even took the dummy out of the packaging, I put her to sleep for her nap today wide awake and she went to sleep in about 3 minutes without one peep. HOORAY for self-settling without the crying or incessant-nipple-sucking part! Then she woke up 40 minutes later and didn't resettle... hmmm.
As you can see she is in her 'big girl' bed whenever I don't fall asleep with her beside me in our bed (in other words, for catnaps here and there). I have also stopped swaddling her in the hopes that she will somehow find her thumb like her big brother... we shall see.
North's toddler bed arrives today. I am so nervous about not being able to choral him with rails. I think for a little while he won't really know that he can get in and out of bed. We'll make sure his bedtime routine is still in full force and hopefully that will be enough to settle him. At this very moment he is upstairs in bed for his afternoon nap calling down to me in a chipper tone, "Is it morning time?", which really means "Can I get up?". He clearly knows the answer to that question: "No, go to sleep and I'll see you when you wake up." I think I'll have to head back up there and tuck him in again. He's a sucker for tucks.
Do any of you experienced mama's have any tips for musical beds? How did you try to make the transition go smoothly? And how on earth did you get your second or third or even fourth children to have naps longer than 40 minutes long when you were out and about with the older ones? I still haven't succeeded at this.