Silja's Sleep Diary: eight weeks old
Written by Taru, Silja's mom
At eight weeks old, Silja's
baby sleep patterns are clearly changing and night-and-day difference
Silja also has her first night out ...
I can't believe Silja is eight
and will be the
full two months next week. She has grown so much in every way but still
I'm struggling to believe that she's really here.
It may be that
as I'm feeling quite back to 'normal' - except when I try on
pre-pregnancy clothes - it's becoming harder to remember that
have a tiny baby.
At the same time, it's incredible to see how much
She's smiling and 'talking' to us, making
funny whistling and almost gurgling noises, and can control
quite well. She is also developing a bit of a thumb-sucking habit.
that is absolutely delightful, I can't help feeling a bit wistful at
this first sign of growing up. Before I notice she'll be
Changing baby sleep patterns
The way she sleeps hasn't changed dramatically, but gradually
she's clearly finding it easier
to stay awake for longer
, and to have
fewer, deeper sleeps.
She doesn't fuss in the afternoons anymore and
doesn't get as overtired towards the evening, so she has become easier
to settle to sleep at night
The nights are a bit
- the night before last she fell asleep at
then woke for a feed at 2am, again at 4am and then woke up 'properly'
Last night she fell asleep at 9pm but was up again at 11pm,
then at 4am and at 6am. So not much of a pattern really, but at least
she's got a bit of a hang of the
difference between night and day
On the other hand, we've done a few practical
experiments with all
sorts of stimulation this week, and I'm not surprised it may have
affected her a bit - although it's difficult to say in what way.
big siblings had their school play this week, and that was the first
time we were away from
home with Silja late in the afternoon
. She slept
once we got there, and fed through most of the play, but was clearly
quite animated by all the people and loud noises around her.
It was a
very late night and she only fell asleep at 11.30pm, and then
I'm not quite sure of the times as I was too tired to check the clock,
but I think she was up at least twice in the early hours.
The day after
that I didn't hope for much improvement as she was due to have her
8-week shots, so I went and treated by comatose brain to a nice
That tasted and felt fantastic and I got more done
on that day than I have in weeks, and she didn't react to it at all (in
the past, I think she's had nasty reactions to me drinking coffee, see Silja's
diary entry at 3 weeks
maybe she's now old enough to stomach a bit of Starbuck's? Or else I
guess had it early enough in the morning ...
the vaccination, she settled in nicely at 9pm and slept until 4am, then
until 6.30am. She developed a massive, sore-looking bump on her thigh
from the vaccine, and if I had something like that, it would certainly
keep me up at night - even if I were eight weeks old.
However, she's been
perfectly happy and cheerful
. I just hope she stays that way, as next week
traveling with her for the first time.