Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Sleep and Sit-Ups

It has been an interesting two weeks. I've been doing a lot of tinkering, mostly with the sleeping habits of our girls.

For Elizabeth, I have resisted putting her in her swing during the day. She naps in her crib or in her car seat during the day. This means her naps are not prolonged by the motion of the swing and do tend to be shorter. It also means that she goes to sleep between 7pm and 7:30pm. She has been sleeping in one stretch until between 2:30am and 3:40am until this morning when she went until 5:40am. Where this is heading I'm not exactly sure. Is it sustainable? I don't know. But I'm enjoying my sleep at the moment.

Since Felicity moved to her own bed in Cecilia's room (now The Girls' Room) just before Elizabeth was born, she was particularly sensitive to having James lay down with her to get her to sleep. She also has been waking during the night almost every night and needing someone to help get her back to sleep. So I tried to shake up their routine a little before bed. Instead of James getting them to sleep, I do it and I insist each lays down in their own bed while I read, by book-light, in the dark. Then I kneel between the two beds and lead them in bedtime prayers. On the one hand, Felicity has been content to insist on holding my hand while she falls asleep rather than having me lay down with her. On the other hand, Cecilia went from falling asleep with no assistance to wanting me to hold her hand. But there seems, so far, to be one exception to this. If, after I finish our standard bedtime prayers (Our Father, Hail Mary, Angel of God, Litany of Family Saints, Prayer Intentions, Prayer to St. Michael) I jump right into a rosary, so far, the girls will just fall asleep on their own with no need to hold on to me while I recite the rosary. I'm very curious to see if this continues. Last week Felicity had a few outstanding nights without waking all night. This week it has been hit and miss, but I hadn't been saying the rosary every night. I'm so curious to see if that rosary will make the big difference.

In other Elizabeth news, she absolutely shocked me this morning. She is 17 weeks old and has absolutely mastered pulling up her head, neck, shoulders and chest while on her tummy but I didn't realize just how much she had been working her back muscles. This morning I laid her on her back with the boppy pillow for a bit of support to prop her up for a little bit better view. When I looked back to check on her, she had done a sit up and was, in fact, sitting up. She is still wobbly while sitting up, but I had no idea she was so eager and ready to begin practicing sitting up.

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She eventually winds up in this leaning position. She is still a bit wobbly and can't stay up for very long, but I'm still shocked by her self-motivated sit-ups.

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