One of the difficulties of having a second child is that I have been trying to treat her like she was my first. And she’s not. The good part is that she sleeps from 9 pm to 6:30 am with only a couple of nursings in the night, and goes right back to sleep–if she is on me. I don’t mind that so much right now, but I will have to figure out at some point how to get her to sleep in her pack n’ play at some point. Heck, at some point I suppose we should put the crib back together, huh?
But during the day, I am lucky if I get her to take an hour nap. And I think it comes down to this–she is a wakeful baby. I have books for every occasion, so I broke out the parenting books, looking up “sleep,” “fussiness,” etc. But now I think it is mostly boredom. She sleeps only about 12 out of the 24 hours–not typical for a young baby. She has all this awake time in the day and she can’t crawl, or play with toys yet, so she is bored. I have to shift my thinking from planning what I can accomplish during her naps and realize this is it–anything I want to get done will have to get done while she’s awake. Unless I don’t want to sleep at night, and that is a non-negotiable for me. I am very, very crabby when sleepy.
Somewhere in all this, I also need to figure when to pump. And she nurses like crazy during the day. Or maybe that’s just me, with my one-boob-fits-all approach to baby problems. Worked great with Rowan. Nova also talks (or in her case, burbles) in her sleep and has little bad baby dreams too. Leif and I joke about that–what bad things has she experienced so far? Loss of the boob perhaps?
Meanwhile, I realized I gave away a bunch of my pregnancy pants, because I have been living in my yoga pants. I love yoga pants, but I don’t think I can really wear them to work. Oops, guess working out has just been put on high priority now. I’ve got six weeks to fit back into my old pants. At least I can do cardio with her in the baby bjorn.