It's been about two weeks, but I think I can say we finally have a schedule down, and because of that I am able to write this post.
You see, the last 7 months have consisted of a lot of changes. I lost my job and became a full-time stay-at-home mommy, hubby started teaching two night classes for two different universities, coaching started again as well as his normal day teaching job. All of that, plus many more daily life activities just made it hard for any sort of a schedule. Plus- I completely forgot 1) that kids need to take naps to sleep well at night and 2) how to get on a schedule. With Miss E, my mom helped a lot with that because I was still working.
I started some light sleep training during nap time, allowing Baby A to cry it out for a few minutes. I decided that at least once a day, she need to try and fall asleep on her own. We did that for about a week, then one night I decided to put her down in her crib to fall asleep. That little stinker fell asleep and slept ALL. NIGHT. LONG! I think I was in shock- I kept waking up in the middle of the night in disbelief! She (and I) hadn't slept a full night since she was born. So to have her sleep all night the first night we attempted this seemed WAY too good to be true!
She hasn't slept through the night quite like that again- but it has been about a week, and she has been in her crib every night. She is sleeping 4 hour stretches or so, but is also teething so that has been a little harder as she doesn't fall back asleep quite as easily. Either way, sleeping without her under my arm is way better sleep, even if it is only for 4 hours at a time. AND I have finally gotten to the point where I can actually fall asleep without her. The first couple of nights I would stay awake with anticipation of her waking, and never really slept that well.
So, we are now on a schedule- here is what our day looks like.
8:30-9:30am- both girls wake (I feed A right when she wakes)
11-11:30am- Baby A goes down for her first nap.
Lunch and Play time with E
1pm (ish)- Baby A wakes up (nurses)
3pm- both girls go down for a nap
5-6pm- both girls awake
Dinner & baths
9-10pm- Bedtime for both girls
I am trying to move everything up an hour- meaning we wake at 8:30 and are in bed by 9pm, but that will take a little while.
Either way, it feels pretty great to have a few minutes to think, and blog! I start MOPS this week which I am excited about, it will force us out of the house a little and will hopefully allow me to be more productive and get something things done on that day.
If you have any tips about schedules and naps or sleeping through the night, I would love to hear them!