I am the mother of a 10-month old today (and I am still in awe that I am a Mami and still cry every once in a while out of sheer joy that I have her).Â My frog princess is a happy baby.Â Generally, sleeps well.Â When she woke in the middle of the night it was to nurse and then right back to sleep she went.
A couple of weeks after I started work I realized that I couldnâ€™t keep her up past 7:30 p.m.Â Ever since then we start our routine between 7 and 7:30.Â Nursing, reading, praying, lullaby.Â The nursing and the reading sometimes change places depending on her eating schedule but this has been our routine since she was 2 and a half months old!Â As the months have passed, sheâ€™d sleep later and later usually waking up in the 5 oâ€™clock hour to nurse and maybe dozing off and giving her Mami a few more minutes of sleep before starting her day.
About a month ago, my sleepy sleepy frog princess was replaced by a ninja who did not need sleep.Â A ninja who wanted to play and fight me (literally) if I tried to put her to bed.Â When she does fall asleep, she will snap to attention when I go to put her down in the crib and sits up and starts crying.Â I am not sure what happened.Â I keep going through my mind to see if anything changed in her routine.Â She is a power napper in the daytime though every once in a while sheâ€™ll go 1-1.5 hours at a time.Â I cannot figure out what has changed!Â To top everything off, I never really did sleep training because she never really needed it.Â And now we have added the bad habit of co-sleeping out of necessity for our own sleep sanity so Iâ€™m thinking itâ€™s going to be even harder to get her back in a routine.
Needless to say I now must go read the books I purchased that have been collecting dust and the website I found that provides information I never thought Iâ€™d need.
But last night, the ninja took a break.Â I went to put the frog princess down a little later than usual (8 p.m.) after sitting down to dinner.Â We read (Daddy Kisses), nursed and while nursing she started dozing.Â I prayed our prayers and whispered a lullaby.Â I kissed her soft, plump cheek, whispered I loved her, set her down andâ€¦nothing.Â She woke up at 12:42 a.m. to nurse and fell promptly asleep.Â I kissed that cheek again, set her down and she slept until 7 a.m.Â Thank you Jesus!Â I am praying for a repeat performance tonight and the beginning of a new routine starting a little later, perhaps.
It also helped that I was in bed by 10:05 and so managed to get some rest (took a break from getting this site up and working in the background to make it fabulous).Â I sure hope I donâ€™t see the sleep ninja again but I will get myself ready with information just in case she comes back so that Iâ€™ll know what to do (other than sit on the bed with her and cry at the feeling of being a complete failure as a mom).
Yes, we all have those moments.Â We donâ€™t talk about them but, we do.Â Perhaps if we spoke the words out loud more often, we wouldnâ€™t feel so bad when we felt this way because weâ€™d know itâ€™s normal.Â But, thatâ€™s another topic, for another blogâ€¦