Sleep Training, Pasta, Jumping, Oh My!
Lots to cover in this post, obviously.
Sleep training first, I suppose?
We’re sleep training.
There. That covers it.
I kid, I kid. Lila has always been a good sleeper—she slept through the night here or there starting around 5 weeks. But, she’s not very consistent in her sleep—she’d have two or three nights of sleeping through the night (usually from about 11 pm to 6 am), and then the next night she’d have a 3:30 wakeup call.
One of the advantages of not breastfeeding (and yes, there are some) is that you can work on helping baby to take longer stretches of sleep much sooner—you don’t have to wake up to pump or feed, and formula has more staying power in their bellies.
Up until this week, we’d been simply following Lila’s cues for when and how she wanted to sleep. She’s been sleeping in her crib for about the past month, but other than that, we’ve been pretty loose about her sleep routine. Some nights, she’d fall asleep in our arms at 8:30 and stay there until we put her in her crib at 10. Some nights, she’d be up until 11, awake and playing. Some nights she’d want to rock to sleep; others, no rocking was necessary.
The loosey-goosey nature of her sleep schedule kind of hit its high point on our recent vacation—she was off schedule anyway, so her sleep kind of went out the window in Nantucket. By the end of the trip, she was staying up until 11 pm, and waking up two or three times during the night—something she rarely did even as an infant.
Time to sleep train.
We gave ourselves a few nights to settle back in, and then, on Saturday night, we had our first bout of sleep training.
Since her bedtime has been so flexible and relatively late, and because it’s summer and it stays lighter later, we’re putting her to bed at 8 right now. This will probably be gradually moved back to a 7:30 or 7:00 bedtime by the fall.
At 7:45, we changed her diaper, rubbed lotion on her (baby massage!), and put her in her pj’s. We put her in her crib with her favorite pacifier, turned on the sleep sheep, and turned off the light.
Then we braced ourselves.
Many, many people view sleep-training as “cruel.” We’d agreed to do a mix of the cry-it-out and no-cry methods—we’re letting Lila cry it out, but for a very short period of time. The advice I read suggested letting them cry for 3 minutes before comforting them, replacing the paci, and leaving the room again. Then, if they begin to cry again, you wait five minutes before comforting them. Finally, if they’re still crying you wait ten minutes—and this is the max.
We never got to ten minutes.
The first night, Lila cried for a few minutes, I went in the room and replaced the paci and comforted her, and she passed right out. The second night was a little tougher—we went through maybe three periods of crying before she settled down. And last night, we put her in her crib at eight, and although it took her until 8:30 to fall asleep, she never cried— she simply rolled around and played in her crib before putting herself to sleep around 8:30.
Again, I know some people are wary of sleep training…but man, does it seem to be working for us!!! It’s also really, really nice to have a set bedtime for Lila—and I think she likes it too. Babies generally do pretty well with routines, and I can already tell that she’s taking to this one.
SO. That’s that—I’ll let you know how it goes for the rest of the week, since we’re only three nights in!
In other news…we’ve been eating lots of pasta:
Is that weird? I feel like pasta isn’t really a summertime food, but we’ve been making super-easy sauces that sometimes don’t even require cooking, and our dinners have been ready in the amount of time it takes to boil water.
The above pasta was cappellini with zucchini, garlic, and tuna. Feel weird about using canned tuna in a “real” recipe? Use tuna packed with olive oil, and you’ll never look back.
The pasta was had last night:
…looks creamy, right? For this super-creamy sauce, I actually just blended a can of cannellini beans in the food processor with some garlic salt and about a cup of pasta water (post-boil)—so easy!! We added some fresh tomatoes, and dinner was served.
I think this would also be good as a pasta bake, topped with some breadcrumbs and parmesan. Yum.
And in OTHER other news…Lila is crazy. This child is full of energy—and I don’t know who she gets it from. Ryan and I are both pretty lazy.
But if she’s not kicking her legs, she’s trying to roll over, and if she’s not trying to roll over, she’s trying to sit up—her entire morning consists of doing pilates, essentially.
In fact, she’s gotten so active lately that we pulled out the Jumperoo. She’s a little young and small for it, but she likes to sit up and LOVES to stand—she’s quickly getting to the point where she refuses to even lay on her back. So, we decided to see how it would go with the Jumperoo:
It’s a hit. She won’t even sit still long enough for me to get a good picture.
Something tells me she’s going to be a handful when she can actually crawl. God help us when she starts to walk.
Luckily, early mornings are still snuggle-time:
…which is why they’re my favorite time.
Have a great Tuesday!