Only nine days until the official start of fall â€“ but it seems like itâ€™s here in Charlotte already! I canâ€™t wait for this:
As well as: turning off the air conditioner at night, Halloween festivities, sweaters, scarves, boots (yay, boots!), running outside and not getting sweaty, and â€“ of course â€“ lots and lots of walks.
In the last two days, Henry, James, and I have walked more than 7 miles. Itâ€™s so nice out â€“ why stay in the house?! I think of all of these walks as sneaky bonus exercise.
Help Me Help Henry
The quest for better sleep continues. The feedback I got on this post on how to get Henry to sleep better (not through the night, thatâ€™s not my goal yet, but just better) was very helpful. I bought Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child because so many people recommended it, but Iâ€™m having a problem understanding the â€˜planâ€™ â€“ if there is one. The author seems to jump between topics a lot, and Iâ€™m not sure what Iâ€™m supposed to be doing. As I mentioned in the original sleep post, I really just want a plan to follow - I know not all babies are the same but Iâ€™m really good at following directions and want to try a set plan instead of flying by the seat of my pants.
What Iâ€™ve gathered from HSHHC so far:
Henry needs to go to bed earlier. Not 8 â€“ 9 PM. More like 7 PM. Since Sunday, Iâ€™ve been trying to wind him down at 7 but heâ€™s used to going to bed laterâ€¦ so that hasnâ€™t been working.
Henry should never be awake for more than two hours at a time. This blew my mind. Henry is up usually from 8 AM to 1 PM without a nap. Maybe a cat nap but certainly not a real nap in his bed.
I was interpreting signs of drowsiness as signs of â€˜Iâ€™m bored, please play with me.â€™ Whoops.
Henry should take a morning nap between 9 â€“ 10 AM. (I just put him down and after 15 minutes of fussing, he fell asleep! I was amazed.)
Annnnnd thatâ€™s it. No idea what to do at night with night wake-ups.
So, basically, if you have read HSHHC and can break down what Iâ€™m supposed to be doing for my 3 month old, I would very much appreciate it. Iâ€™m surprised the book isnâ€™t easier to follow, considering that sleep deprived parents are reading it!
I feel the entire book should be pictures and bullet points, like so: