We're only on Day Two of this "new" schedule, but for now it's working like a charm. When it was just William I made sure he got his uninterrupted naps. But with Abby it was like she has been napping on the fly, so to speak. She would cat nap all day long, never sleeping more than 10 or 15 minutes at a shot. Then she'd cry, I'd hold her or feed her, and she'd fall asleep for another 10 minutes or so. It didn't help that we'd spend a lot of time outside playing - she'd be awake because she didn't want to miss anything! Come night time she basically would be awake on and off the whole night, only wanting to sleep in my arms, nursing. I would start my day utterly exhausted.
So, two days ago, after talking with my mom and mother in law, I decided that she simply must be on a sleep schedule, and if she doesn't like it, she must cry it out. (I wasn't letting her cry much because I was nervous about her holding her breath/choking, due to the fact she was a preemie...and her crying would wake William when he was napping.)
Let me just say that the last two nights have been fabulous! She's been taking (under protest a little!) two morning naps (approx. 1 hour each) and 2 afternoon naps. Between 7-8 she's been ready to go down FOR. THE. NIGHT. Yes, she still woke up during the night to eat, but went right back down, and in her OWN bed! Yesterday afternoon I got a full 3 hours of child-free time while they BOTH were napping AT THE SAME TIME! That's never happened before!!
I'm SO excited I can hardly type this! If my writing seems a bit scattered it's because I can't believe that MAYBE we are on the up and up when it comes to getting some sleep!
I think a lot of her crankiness is also subsiding. She seems to be much happier these days. I'm not sure if her extreme dependency for me was due to her being premature, but at 12 + pounds it's time for her to learn to at least sleep on her own. (I checked William's baby book, and at his 4 month check up he weighed 11.11 lbs. At Abby's 2 month appointment she weighed 11.8 pounds....yeah, I'm not giving in to her due to her "prematurity" anymore!)
Crossing my fingers things continue to go fabulously,
The well-rested Mamma!