Thursday, May 14, 2009

And in the seventh week, she slept

Now that she's seven weeks, Cameron has decided she is a big girl. For two nights in a row she has slept from 8:30 PM to 6:30 AM. A pacifier helped with the last hour or so, but she wasn't very fussy. I'm hoping this isn't an aberration! Cameron has also been napping really well too so I guess the saying, "sleep begets sleep" is true in her case. Of course that means I am even more tied to the house so I'm going a little stir crazy. I'm looking into getting some babysitter names so I can have a few hours to myself in the afternoon. I'll definitely need that as I get closer to returning to work.

In case anyone is wondering what my secret is with having Cameron sleep so well let me clue you in. First, she is an amazingly easy baby. Yes, we are blessed and very well aware of it! DH and I frequently turn to each other and say, "She is so good!" Secondly, sleep is extremely important to me so I make it important for Cameron. I try really hard to spot the "tired" cues that Weissbluth writes about in his book. When she starts to get sleepy I know it is time to return home (if we are out) or swaddle her. She usually falls asleep in the Bjorn while we are walking which makes it very easy to put her down to nap. And I put her to bed in her crib all the time now because she seems to prefer it and sleep a lot longer. Sometimes that means several trips up the stairs to put a pacifier in but it's well worth it. I will use the swing if she's particularly fussy, but she's usually only fussy when I miss her cues and don't put her down early enough.

The last "trick" I use for getting Cameron to sleep is the super swaddling. I can't write enough about how that has helped us. Cameron has started wiggling her arms out at some point during the night but it takes a lot longer than the old swaddling method and I (or DH) just swaddle her right back up and she is good for several more hours. What tricks have you used to ensure longer and better sleep for your kids?

Daddy is already prepping Cameron for a lifetime of baseball caps. Fortunately this one is UVA and not the Yankees so it is allowed to be posted here.

Cameron still loves playing with her tongue but her latest trick is blowing bubbles. In case you can't read it, her shirt says, "If you think I'm cute, you should see my mom." Word.


Mommy, Esq. said...

You are so damn lucky. At least you realize that.

T. said...

She is soooo cute!! I hope you've gotten her a Sox hat :-)

LauraC said...

Agree with Mommy Esq on lucky!

Donna said...

Wait until the second kid. My first slept so easily it was a dream! Naps, bedtime. Even now, I can move him around while he is asleep and he does not wake up. DS2 - forget it! Even going into his room to check on him is a hazard! But you are lucky and happy, that is all the counts!

Amanda said...

Congrats, I think I miss Holden's cues b/c I'm trying to do too much but he is good about sleeping just about anywhere if he is really tired. Holden is starting to wiggle out of the super swaddle too but it definately helps with the sleep.