Silja's Sleep Diary: seven and a half months old
Written by Taru, Silja's mom
At seven and a half months old
Silja's sleeping schedule even leaves the flexibility for a relaxed
family trip. Self soothing is improving too so Taru can stop worrying
about the "bad" nursing-to-sleep habit ...
The last couple of weeks have been really busy as we're preparing for
our move from London to Switzerland, trying to squeeze every last bit
of fun out of London and the UK.
There were a million things I wanted to see outside London before we
go, but since moving this family about requires the logistics and
precision of a military operation, we've managed very little. Last
weekend was delightful, however, and we spent a night in a extremely
grand country house near Oxford.
Seems that Silja's "big
baby" sleep schedule
is ideally suited to glamorous country life. She slept all the way
there in the car in the morning, woke up happy but properly hungry for
lunch, then explored the grounds, watched us play tennis and swam with
us until the cocktail hour.
She then slept happily
in her buggy
on the lawn while I enjoyed a quiet gin and
tonic in the evening sun, having sent the big kids to explore the
obligatory yew hedge maze. They found their way out, but fortunately
not before I had finished my drink.
Dinner (with white linen, silver and crystal) seemed a rather brave
thing to try but went perfectly, as Silja was again rested, happy and
suitably hungry to enjoy her own dinner. I've had to leave restaurant
tables in a hurry with screaming babies so many times in my life that I
still can't quite believe we finished two courses with a seven and a
half months old in relative peace and
the parsnip stains in my skirt are hardly noticeable.
For now, it really seems that the key is to get Silja's eating and sleeping in sync
She eats well if she's slept well and is properly hungry. Or in other
words, if she's too tired when she's hungry she won't eat her solids
properly, and then she's soon so hungry again that she won't sleep
We've had those days, too, and in much less glamorous surroundings -
but that's not nearly as much fun to write about, so I won't elaborate.
over the past couple of weeks is that Silja's
become much more capable of self
, or be soothed, if she wakes up. This is quite
noticeable during the daytime as she's becoming more patient and can
handle being a bit tired or hungry without much fuss.
she still sleeps very lightly, but when she wakes, she mostly just
takes a quick look around and if everything seems to be in order,
she'll go back to sleep!
Or she might need a little pat on the head or a hug, but most of the
time she doesn't really need to be nursed. I was getting really worried
that I had created a very bad habit
by often nursing her to sleep
, but now it seems I might
get away with that bit of naughtiness after all, at least for now. I
still don't really know how often or at what time I wake up at night,
but I must be quite well rested to be writing this quite late on a
But that's all for her seven and a half months old report. The next
update will be my last one from London, then it's on to Switzerland ...