The Quest: Sleeping Through The Night
Well we have been patiently waiting for the children to start sleeping through the night (STTN). Sometimes one will sleep all the way through, sometimes they will only wake up once during the night, but nothing consistent for us yet. I had toyed with the idea of pushing back their bedtime from 7pm to 8pm but they would fight me tooth and nail. They didn’t seem tired enough though and it seemed like they were more interested in playing then sleeping.
So when we went to the grandparents this weekend their whole schedule got thrown off. They are an hour behind us for one, and then the drive threw off the bedtime. I am so grateful! They ended up pushing their bedtime back to 8pm. Since being home with the new bedtime, their night sleep has dramatically changed (so far). The first night they all only woke up once. One baby at 1:30, one baby at 3:30 and the other one at about 6am then he went back to sleep for another hour or so. I was thrilled but cautious. Then last night all the babies woke up between 3:30-4am and that was the only time they got up! I am still cautious about if this will stick but am thrilled at the possibility. It makes me think that 7pm was just way too early. I read this article though that said if your baby isn’t asleep by 7-7:30pm then they won’t sleep well, will be restless, etc. Once again I tried to listen to an expert, and once again the babies did the opposite. It is crazy how that seems to work. I am working on revamping our daily schedule and trying to make it a little more structured (with feeds, certain play activities, and so on). Hopefully I will have it done by tomorrow. Then I will share it with all of you and let you know how it goes as our days go on. Right now our schedule has been pretty loose which is ok but I feel I would get more accomplished and keep better track of certain things if it was more structured. Wow, that still sounds weird to me. I was always the one who did things on the fly. I am the chaotic side of our relationship and Michael is the structured one. Though since having the triplets I just can’t function that way, at least not when they are this little. I think, for me, that has been the most challenging thing to change in myself. Finding structure and sticking to it. The babies though are much happier when I do. They are definitely creatures of habit. Here’s to crossing my fingers they sleep good again tonight!