Day 10 of the Updyke ‘sleep study’. The good news, Oscar’s naps have been awesome! He is eating well during the day and sleeping wonderfully. However, the past 2 nights he has been up more to eat so I definitely don’t think he is ready to go too much longer than he was between feedings. We found a happy medium toward the end of last week so I think we’ll hang out there for a while. The whole idea is for him to get most of his calories during the day so he doesn’t get as hungry at night. If that doesn’t happen then what’s the point? Honestly, he would go a lot longer than he does during the day if I let him, but then we’d have an all night buffet on our hands and I am not really down with that.
I also tried to see how he would do without his reflux medicine for a day. In part because I don’t want him to take it if he doesn’t need it, and also because we ran out and the refill wasn’t ready until after bedtime. I definitely noticed a difference without the medicine. He was gagging a little and getting a sour face look when he burped. I am actually glad I did this little experiment because it alleviates any thoughts that I might be medicating him for no reason. Now I can rest easy that he does need it and it is helping. So we went to Target this morning to pick up the refill and we are back in business.
Back to napping. The really great thing about working on Oscar’s routine the past couple weeks has been the naps. He has gone from 40 min naps to me having to wake him after an hour and a half. He has gone from 4 naps to 3 and I think that has been the biggest benefit to this whole process. The naps are longer and he gets more rest than he was previously even though the minutes slept are about the same. I am thankful for that. He is also getting really good at staying asleep or putting himself back to sleep during the transitions. He has become a ‘blankie baby’. This means that if I give him his paci and put a blanket (burp cloth, cloth diaper, soft toy etc.) in his right hand, he will snuggle up to it and fall asleep almost instantly. Yay! Not only is it helpful to know that, it’s also adorable 🙂
So, we aren’t getting more sleep around here yet. IN fact, the past couple days, we’ve gotten less. But I can see forward progress. Not necessarily at night, but in the naps, in his demeanor etc. Everything counts. It’s an ever evolving process. Because 2 weeks from now, he might have some other developmental thing that becomes a distraction and we start all over. But we’ll get there when we get there!