Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Sleep, Precious Sleep

I haven't talked about it in a while, but I feel like bragging a little right now. After having a heck of a time sleep training Miss Brooklyn around 2 months old, we finally got over the hump and she's been sleeping through the night ever since. I can't preach it enough: you have to get your baby on a schedule. It doesn't have to be super strict on what happens when, but there needs to be some consistency in your nightly routine for the baby to learn when it's time for bed. We have a pretty loose routine at night, Daddy takes Luke and I take Brookie, and we get 'er done. Luke's routine is pretty much set in it's ways so it usually goes dinner, playtime for about and hour, 30 minutes of his Teen Titans cartoon to wind him down, a sippy of warm milk, jammies and teeth, 2 books with Daddy and then we both come in and give him kisses and tuck him in. He still gets up a few times a night to pee, tell me he had a bad dream (without actually falling asleep), talk about storm clouds in his room (his night light reflects off of his dresser and makes a weird shape on the roof of his bedroom in the dark), or 1 of a hundred crazy, off the wall thoughts that fly into his head that can't wait until the morning. Brooklyn's is far more simple. It usually begins with changing her diaper and onesie, followed by a bath ( every couple of days...), chow time, and then off to bed in her crib. This has worked like a charm and we've only had a few hiccups where she's woken up later in the night hungry or wet.

Schedules are a beautiful thing! Anybody see Idol last night? How about those painted on ridiculous grey and black pirate pants Adam wore for the duet with Allison? What a buzz kill... No man should EVER wear pants that tight!

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