New parents talk about three things, and only three things: milk, poop, and SLEEP. We are always discussing how much and how often these three things happen. It's easy to get sucked into comparing your baby to others, I know I have. Worrying if your little one is getting too much or too little of these things, wondering if what you're doing (or not doing) makes you a bad parent. It can be utterly exhausting, and defeating...so stop!
Caleb has never been a "bad" sleeper. But I've always worried whether or not he has gotten enough sleep.
He slept 9 hours at just 4 days old, and continued to sleep well (5-6 hours a night) after 3 months. At 5 months when he woke every few hours throughout the night I cocked it up to a growth spurt. At 7.5 months, he is still growing, still waking up 2-3 times a night to eat. He always goes back to sleep after, so I know we can't complain.
Our issue has always been getting to sleep. Our boy is super inquisitive and easily overstimulated. He requires a lot of coaxing to convince him he is tired, and even then he can be easily woken by what seems the simplest, unnoticeable changes.
However, last night was a game changer. After our typical, long and sometimes rough bedtime routine, our little man fell asleep and stayed asleep for 8 glorious hours!!! And when he did wake up, he happily played in his crib for another thirty minutes!
We didn't do anything crazy our out of the ordinary, we followed our normal routine, did evening we normally do, but finally, last night it worked! Here's hoping it works again tonight! (And tomorrow night, and the next...)
There is no normal in parenting. No right out wrong. No good or bad. There is just your way, the way that works for you, your baby, your family, and your situation. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. Often it's surprising but it's always rewarding!!
If you're struggling to help your little one sleep and need some encouraging suggestions or just reminded that you're doing the "right" thing, check out this great article I read this morning.