Baby's First Year: Week 16 (Sleep Schedules)

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Meet first-time mom starburst1680 . She's sharing the roller coaster ride of her first year of motherhood. Check back every week for all the emotion and exhaustion -- right up to Kathryn Grace's first birthday.

Week 16:

Kathryn Grace

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The crib sleeping is slowly getting better. Once I change schedules at work at the end of the month and am not on the graveyard shift anymore, we'll get Kathryn on a better daily schedule. I think that will really help her sleep better at night too. At the moment, part of our day is on a pretty consistent (but not set in stone) schedule, but while I'm at work she does things at different times.

Once she is only with a babysitter during the day I'll set up a good nap, eat, play schedule for everyone to follow no matter who is watching her. Right now, though, she is pretty good about putting herself to sleep in her crib if I lay her down sleepy. The issues we are still having are her putting herself back to sleep when she wakes up in the middle of the night.

As far as the thumb sucking goes, I have decided not to worry about it. She only sucks her thumb, and only her left thumb, when she is tired and trying to fall asleep. She will turn her head to the left, stick the thumb in and put her right hand on her head. Its pretty cute :-). This is how she puts herself to sleep at night. Sometimes when she wakes up in the middle of the night she is able to put herself back to sleep with her thumb and sometimes not. Sometimes it's like she forgets that her thumb is there and that she can put it in her mouth. Other times she gets it in there but she doesn't have complete control of her limbs yet so it will come out and then she gets mad.

Challenges & Concerns:

The big challenge this week has been that Kathryn is a bit sick. It started yesterday with just a little cough. The cough has gotten worse and now she has a little bit of congestion, a runny nose and her tummy has been upset from the drainage. It is a wet cough, no fever and no problems breathing. The doctor said to keep an eye on her tonight. If it gets worse, take her to Children's Hospital, if not we will take her in to the doctor tomorrow. But all of this is messing up her sleep, too. Last night while I was at work she slept the entire time! She has never done that before. Then when I got home she wasn't very tired, plus she wasn't feeling well so she hasn't been sleeping or napping as much today as normal. I'll get her sleep back on track when she is feeling better. For now I just hate that this is something that will probably just have to run its course and I can't make her feel better.

I am feeling pretty good. Today I am a bit exhausted but in general I have been feeling more energized than I was a few weeks ago. My husband and I have gotten into a nice grove with work and balancing everything. It did take several weeks of us both being back but now everything is working pretty smoothly.

Does your baby have a sleep schedule? If so, does he or she use a self-soother, like thumb sucking, to get back to sleep?

(We're celebrating starburst168's first year with baby, so thanks for keeping your judgments about parenting choices to yourself.)

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