Saturday, December 8, 2012
Sleeping Through the Night!!!
Last night I finished up work a little after midnight and peeked my head in to look at him. He was out cold. And I was curious. How long would he sleep if I didn't take him upstairs?
I grabbed a blanket and laid down on the couch and fell asleep with the lights on, waiting for the sound of stirring in the kitchen that would tell me that he was up and ready to eat.
At 2 am the alarm beeped as Paul walked through the door and came into the living room, surprised to find me still downstairs (our alarm beeps whenever a door opens and says something like "back door open" depending on what door a person is coming through). And Patrick was still asleep.
That meant that he'd been asleep for more than six hours. And five hours is technically what experts call: "sleeping through the night." (Let us ignore, for the moment, the fact that an infant can wake up at 11 pm and have slept long enough to constitute this achievement.)
Paul changed him, which woke him up, and we took him upstairs where he ate and woke up one more time before seven when the alarm went off to wake us all up to get ready for swim lessons.
I think I'm going to have to get the baby monitor set up so he can sleep in the upstairs bassinet and I can see how long he'd actually sleep without being woken up to come upstairs when I'm done with work each night. I'm wondering if the gradual increase in how much I've been able to work, waking him up a tiny bit later each night, has unintentionally (but fantastically!) sleep trained him.
Either way I'm pretty excited and surprisingly well rested for having a one month old!