We’ve achieved the holy grail of all new parents. It’s taken nearly four months, but for now at least Jill and I can kiss goodbye to sleep-deprived dazes, bleary-eyed mornings and twilight tantrums.
Callum‘s sleeping all night! It all started about a week ago – and it has literally changed our lives.
Sometimes I’ll get up before Callum does — I can’t describe how amazing it is to wake up in the morning unaided by an alarm or a hungry crying infant!
We’ve even developed a little routine. If he’s awake or waking when I get up, I’ll unravel his swaddle and tickle his tummy while he stretches his arms out in a Superman pose!
See him in action in the video below!
The all-night sleeping thing is, of course, entirely normal. We just didn’t dare expect Callum to follow the rule book. He’d teased us more than once in the past by sleeping all the way through, only to wake the following night, and every night after.
But this time he’s stuck at it and so far, so good!
It’s all thanks to the routine his mom put him on when he was 2-months-old. Up until that point we’d been feeding him on demand and letting him sleep when he wanted. It was killing us!
We found the schedule in one of the numerous baby books that are now scattered around our apartment (ready for easy consultation during an infant emergency).
It prescribed feeds at 7.30, 10.30, 2pm, 6pm. Bed time at 7pm followed by a ‘dream feed’ at 10pm and a night time feed, around 2am.
He picked it up straight away, napping after each day time feed, and waking us on cue, during the wee hours of the morning for a little snack to keep him going until breakfast.
The routine helped us make sure he was getting enough food and sleep and changed his temperament overnight. On the new schedule he was happier and cried less, presumably because he was less likely to be hungry and tired.
As the weeks progressed, and Callum grew he started demanding a little more milk after each feed, and then a couple of weeks ago we noticed we were giving him an extra one, sometimes two bottles each day.
He was stockpiling, so he could last all night!
Since then he’s been feasting during the day and snoozing undisturbed through the night, allowing his beleaguered mom and dad the opportunity to get more than 4 straight hours sleep for the first time in months.
I’m sure there are plenty of bumps in the road ahead, but right now, I don’t care. I’ve rediscovered the joys of sleep and it feels good!
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