May 17, 2009

Sleeping Beauty

People constantly ask me if Brooke is sleeping through the night yet. It kinda makes me think that she already has this huge expectation to live up to and she is somehow inadequate because she isn't. I try not to let it bother me, but it still is this nagging annoyance. She is still only 3 months old, who cares that she wakes up and is hungry during the middle of the night? I'm going to feed her! When I tell people that she still wakes up a couple of times I'll sometimes get advice to try rocking her to sleep and not feed her and it will only be rough for the first few nights. OK, no. Am I such a bad parent for not wanting to deprive my child of food?
Even when she sleeps through the 3 am feeding and wakes up at 5, I still wake up at 3. I'm so used to waking up with her that I don't mind at all. The few times she slept almost the entire night I would lay awake worrying about her; something must be wrong if she's still sleeping. Maybe she's overheating. So really, I almost sleep better when she wakes up to feed because I know she's OK. Ever since she was a newborn she would wake up to eat, but then she goes right back to sleep. What's so horrible about that?
I actually cherish those middle of the night feedings. It's quiet, so sweet and special. I take it all in... she truly needs me in these tender moents. I'm in no hurry to give that up. So why does it seem like everyone else in the world who doesn't have to get up with her expect her to sleep all night? I just don't get it. Someday, she will.
That is my ranting for the day. She really is a good sleeper, she sleeps a total of about 10 1/2 to 11 hours a night, waking up 2-3 times, and then she takes naps for 3-6 hours a day. And then she is super active the rest of the time. Here are some pictures of my little sleeping angel. I especially love the video of her snoring, it's hilarious.

Check out her snoring!


momma2miracles said...

ok hun first off you are the momma so trust your instincts and she'll be just fine. I had A LOT of people irritate me with advice over the years. they mean well and what i learned to tell them was "well as long as we dont mind and her doctors say shes healthy im not worrying or changing her routine. but thanks for the advice". people eventually learn to back off. My kids didnt really start sleeping thru the night until after year old. Arabella is 3 and she still needs a sippy cup in the middle of the night and sometimes a snack. so dont worry you are doing great. and she is beautiful.

Andrea said...

I'm guessing it's one of those conversation pieces?? - kind of like when you're pregnant, everyone asks how you've been feeling and "is this your first?"
After 12 pounds they don't require a feeding, but good greif, you aren't "supposed to" (healthy-wise, at least) let them "cry it out" until 5 months old because of some psychological thing - they don't know until then why you're not coming. Sad and cute. :)

Charity said...


Every kid is different. Andrew still wakes up through the night and he is still in our room. So you are doing better than me by having her in her own room. And he is my second baby. I also cherish those late night feedings.

I learned a lot when Adeline didn't crawl and went straight to walking. I thought something was wrong with her but look at her now.

And...look at what Brooke can do.....she is rolling over both ways..(Andrew has taken a strike to rolling over)....she has found her feet (Andrew is too chubby to reach his feet)(he is all about his pant legs). She is developing very well and is ahead of the game.

We can't wait to see you guys this weekend. Mostly Brooke to be honest:-)

Anonymous said...

My grandaughter is such a cute sleeper. See you on Thursday night.
GMA Bean