Monday, April 6, 2009

Sleeping Beauties

I've been a little scarce lately... but we've had quite the week. I got hit with a nasty cold that knocked me out of commission for most of the week. But before the cold struck, we had decided to do swaddle-blanket boot camp with Nora.

Nora might have been the tiniest bit addicted to her baby straight-jacket. But she has been a great sleeper, so I've hesitated to get rid of it. She was always easy to put down for naps, and took long naps consistently. Why mess with a good thing, right?

Well, she spent last weekend hulking out of her blanket and needing to be re-wrapped to go back to sleep. Which meant it was time to say goodbye to her beloved swaddle. We embarked on a sleep training venture (more on that another time), and a week later... well, we've improved. Nora's naps are still inconsistent, and I imagine it will still take some time to get them back to where they were. But her nighttime sleep is generally good, although some nights have been easier than others.



While we were at it, we decided we'd make things really interesting by getting rid of Phoebe's paci. We've been talking about it for a while, and on Saturday, we decided to go ahead and take the plunge. We took Phoebe to Build-A-Bear, and she gave her bear the paci ("nay-nay") to be stuffed inside, along with the heart. Mommy was far more emotional than Phoebe about this, at least at the store.


Phoebe misses her nay-nay, but she doesn't really ask for it. She talks about it being inside her bear, and she loves to hold her bear to go to sleep. (She snuggles Lamby under one arm and the bear under the other.) It was pretty hard for her to fall asleep on Saturday, but she was a big girl about the whole thing. A lot of love and prayer seemed to help her settle down. She woke up very early on Sunday morning (5:00) and was able to doze off for a little while before 7:30, and she's struggled a little bit with her naps. But she's making progress. I still can't believe what a big girl she is about all of this.


It's definitely been a transitional month for us. Time marches so quickly when there are Littles in the house!

5 comments:

Mrs. Olsen said...

I think the bear idea is a great one! We've been considering this issue for a while, too. In fact, the paci was almost gone until she got sick and is now more attached than ever. So, we might have to try this ourselves...

The Sinks said...

Oh man, so I have tears in my eyes over the whole paci in the bear thing. Maybe I'm still a bit sad about Kathryn not having her paci anymore...

The Pink Potpourri said...

wow! you guys have been busy! putting the pacifier in the teddy bear is a GREAT idea...did you come up with that?

Erin said...

We haven't been brave enough to give up the swaddle me blanket or Caleb's binky yet! I definitely like the idea of putting the pacifier in the bear! I may have to borrow that one when we decide to say bye bye to the binky.

Aubrey said...

Loving your blog! The bit about the paci brought pangs to my heart! I remember my oldest giving up his paci...bittersweet times!