This year I had originally been optimistic. I mean, I’d be home for 3 months on maternity leave. I remember maternity leave with my son. He slept well; he was a chill baby. My daughter, not so much. She’s now 9 months and we’ve finally settled into a night time routine. She goes to bed early because she doesn’t like to nap during the day. The most sleep she gets during the day is 90 minutes in 2-3 naps.
Last year I missed my goal by only a few books. It really hurt my bookworm ego, but I knew it was due to me needing a lot of sleep while I was pregnant. In fact, I had read so many books in the first part of the year or I probably wouldn’t have reach half way.
When I started this year, my goal was around 40 books. A few months later, I realised I had definitely under estimated my daughter’s nap time and willingness to allow me to do anything other than look at her little gorgeous face. I downgraded that number to 24 books and then later once realised I would never reach that either and changed to 15 books. LOL. That’s because I wasn’t even reading a book a month.
Suddenly now, she is in a good routine at night, and I’ve finished 15 books. She still wakes up every hour between 7 and 10 but I don’t have to run into the room every minute, thanks to investing in a video monitor. She doesn’t always cry but would just sit in her crib, expecting you to come and then she starts crying hysterically if that doesn’t happen fast enough. I also don’t need to lay down beside her which I had to do for a couple months so she would start going to sleep earlier. It now takes about 10-20 minutes to get her down in her crib [big improvement from 1-2 hours], and no I’m not interested in teaching her to self-soothe. I read that self soothing requires that we rationalise and babies aren’t capable of rationalising. No offense to mothers who swear by this, but I’ll pass.
She won’t be this little forever. Also a part of me likes that she wants me to snuggle her to sleep sometimes. Plus, she doesn’t drink milk in the day so she has to get her nutrition in a night, therefore, she is waking up because she is legitimately hungry.
Anyway, I’m straying. I’m glad that this year I met my goal, albeit a small one. Hopefully I’ll be able to go back to 24 books for next year. I don’t think I’ll be able to tackle 40 again anytime soon.