sleep

Red letter day

Tristan suggested that I write this blog post to celebrate a truly noteworthy event: last night, Hattie and Joe slept from 6.30pm to 6am, without making a peep! We’ve had Hattie sleeping through for at least a couple of weeks, and Joe has been down to one night-time wake-up (a quick feed at 3am), although he’d also slept through in the past, so we knew that he was capable of it.

This is the face of a boy who had plenty of energy to enjoy his porridge and pears this morning:

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And this is the face of a girl for whom the saying ‘sleep begets sleep’ rings true:

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I’m giving them some digestion time right now, and then they’ll be back in their cots for their morning nap.

I mentioned a while ago that I’d made lemonade from the lemons of jet lag by taking the opportunity to press the reset button and put Hattie and Joe onto a new routine, with two sleeps a day, three meals, and very fixed bed times. We’d tried the baby-led approach for a while, and I don’t think it had served any of us well. I’d heard it said that babies thrive on routine, and I now know that, for my babies, this is true. Now that we’re following a very set schedule, I have two very cruisy and contented babies that eat at every meal, go straight to sleep for every nap, and seem to have enough energy to explore the world when they are up.

And on that note, it’s time to get these babies back into bed for their morning nap!

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