At three in the morning I felt like we were making no progress at all with Little L’s sleep habits. After all, it was three in the morning and I was up, so, clearly she’s not sleeping through the night. But this evening I realized that I’m wrong. Where two weeks ago she was up and playing sometimes well past 10 p.m., now she’s consistently asleep by 8 p.m.. Where last week she spent the first part of her night in the bouncy seat with one of us bouncing her constantly, now she’s going into her crib as soon as she’s asleep, and tonight even before she was completely out. It might not seem like much, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction.
We’re not all the way there though, she’s still up two or three times a night to eat and she still has trouble falling asleep on her own. When she wakes up in the dark she fusses and gets worked up and needs help going back down. She’s eating a full meal between 1 and 2 and again around 4 a.m., when I give up and pull her into bed with us so she can eat at will. I’m starting to realize that she might not sleep more between feeds until I wean her, and I have to decide what I want to do about that. Is nursing her more important than sleep? Is the daytime convenience worth the multiple wake-ups? I’m really not sure yet.
Right now I’m just going to enjoy the progress we are making before I see what else we are going to change. Discovering that Little L most likely has asthma has changed the game plan to a certain extent. I was keeping CIO in my back pocket, like a good luck charm, or a last card to play. Now that the card has been removed I’m not sure where to go next.