Aug 17, 2008

All through the night

Those of you following Gavin's sleeping saga will appreciate this update.

Gavin has slept through the night -- from 7:30 p.m. to 6:15 a.m. at the very least -- for four nights in a row. And the last two days, he has taken a long afternoon nap -- 1 1/2 to 2 hours -- and that has made a huge difference in our life! He is so much happier throughout the day and especially in the late afternoon. I can't believe the change!

Crying still happens before the morning nap, and the nap is still less than an hour in length, but that's so much easier to deal with when there's the promise of a decent afternoon nap and a solid night's rest.

Another side effect is that Gavin is only nursing morning, noon, and night, which puts us one step closer to weaning around his birthday (in about 3 1/2 months). Gavin's all about the table food these days (he especially loves bagels, noodles, bananas, carrots, and cantaloupe), so I'm optimistic about that transition.

It's so much easier to be optimistic when I am well-rested....or at least when my baby is. As soon as the Olympics are over I'll start retiring at a decent hour. Michael Phelps has been far too entertaining for an early bedtime!
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