Archive for April 5th, 2008

Seven and a half hours

After months of waking up numerous times at night, it seems Olivia is settling into longer sleep cycles. Last night, she went to bed at 9:30 p.m. and didn’t wake up again until 5 a.m.

Two nights ago, she slept a full six hours. (So did I–when I realized I hadn’t woken up since I laid down at 10 p.m., I was in a complete panic. I found her quietly snoozing in her crib, and then I promptly woke her up.) Despite the frantic start, it was the first time in–what, a year?–that I have slept that long. I felt like a new woman.

Let’s celebrate with–what else–a photo of Olivia. Sleeping. With her thumb in her mouth. Can you take just one more photo like this?

I will add, because I know some of you have been curious, Ava’s doing okay in the sleep department, too. Thanks to our outstanding parenting philosophy of an alternating cycle of threats and bribes, she’s falling asleep in her own bed. (When she started preschool a about six weeks ago, we decided to postpone any sleep battles and just put her in bed with us at 8 p.m. The upshot was that we were all getting a lot of sleep. The downside is that we were actually missing out on some daylight.)

So even though she’s falling asleep in her own bed, she is not, however, sleeping through the night. We usually find her in our bed at some point–some nights, it’s 11 p.m., sometimes it’s closer to morning.

Believe it or not, I don’t mind.