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the eric update - day 163: is it sleepy time or wakey time? revisited.

it's hard to believe that it has already been a month since i was commenting on how we had a 139 day old baby with a newborn's sleeping habits.

i've delayed writing about the topic of sleep for fear of tempting fate, but in slightly less than 30 days, little odin has gone from waking up at all hours of the night and having trouble going back to sleep, to regularly only waking up at 3 or 4 in the morning for a meal and then going back to sleep straight away until 8 or 9 in the morning! and according to our sleep logs, he's getting at least 16 hours of sleep a day, which should make the author of "healthy sleep habits, happy child" quite pleased.

and even more fantastically, he's spending more and more time in his big boy bed - a.k.a. his crib! that's right, he actually appears to occasionally enjoy sleeping in his own bed in his own room instead of the co-sleeper!

i don't know whether to be overjoyed or just a bit sad.

even as i write this, he's been sleeping in his crib all by himself for over 3 hours and hasn't even awaken for a meal. kris and i keep going back in his room to make sure that he's still breathing ( you can take us out of the nicu, but you can't take the nicu out of us, i suppose ); of course, he's no matter how many times we look, he's breathing normally and sleeping like a baby.

update: he slept in his crib through the entire night! whooohooo!

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12/14/2004 11:14:00 PM 4 comments


YAY! All of that nursing-marathon-growth-spurty stuff has paid off!

And, for what it's worth, I had a healthy, full term infant and you'd still find me up with the lights on, with my face up to his mouth waiting to feel him breathe of he slept more than 4 hours. In fact, he's now 2 and I STILL do this if his nap goes beyond the typical 1-2 hours. Perhaps I just have OCD :).

Yay again!!

By Blogger pumpkinhead, at 10:14 AM  

And, for what it's worth, I had a healthy, full term infant and you'd still find me up with the lights on, with my face up to his mouth waiting to feel him breathe of he slept more than 4 hours. |

well, it's nice to know that we're not the only obsessive parents in the world :-) actually, when this picture was taken, we flipped on the light to the bathroom that's connected to the nursery to shed a little light on the situation because neither of us could hear anything as leaned over his crib in total darkness. as soon as we flipped on the light he started stirring which you can see in the photo. we've noticed that he doesn't like to have any lights on at night, which is funny it wasn't too long ago that we had to go to great length to simulate the nicu.

By Blogger e3, at 1:41 PM  

Uh oh - you said it out loud, you had better go knock some wood! LOL. Well, I hope for everyone that he keeps it up. Babies go through all kinds of sleep phases.

And, as for checking on the little sleeping boy wonder, I'm guilty of the same thing with both of my full term infants- I think it's instinct to be paranoid or something haha. They sleep so soundly sometimes! One time Ethan freaked me out because he was sleeping with his eyes open. He was so still and was just glazed over, I thought the worst and in a panic I shouted his name as I rushed to him... of course he woke in a big startle and cried for a long time. I felt like such a dork. LOL

By Blogger Candy, at 3:25 PM  

I read an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal today about people who have set up businesses as "baby sleep consultants", who will for a fee teach you to teach your infant how to sleep.

There's a page at

with some accounts of parents who have hired these sorts of services - one popular consulting strategy seems to be some variant of "ferberization", another way to say they should cry themselves to sleep. For ours we never could do that.

From the article it sounded like an east coast, west coast kind of thing, for people whose own sleep habits lead them to not enough sleep and badly synchronized diurnal rhythms.



By Blogger Edward Vielmetti, at 12:36 AM  

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