Silja's Sleep Diary: eight months old
Written by Taru, Silja's mom
Eight months old Silja really
enjoys a regular schedule and sleeps through the night quite well. And
her mom discovers how to avoid comfort nursing successfully ...
Silja was eight months old yesterday, and again it seems that so much
has changed in a couple of weeks.
And in just a couple of days we'll be at our new home in Switzerland. We're all really excited, a bit sad but most of
all incredibly busy sorting out a maddening amount of detail, so
keeping to a regular
with the baby has been near impossible.
Which is a huge shame, as when we have a "normal" day - like yesterday
- things work out wonderfully and Silja is an absolute pleasure to be
with: up at around 7.30am for a breakfast
of porridge and fruit, a quick
during the school run at around 9am, then milk and a long nap
until 1 or 2pm, lunch
a snack or milk
followed by a short
around 5pm before dinner
, and finally a good long milk feed before bed
Sometimes she's up for a bit more milk at 11pm, sometimes at 3am, but
now she's even slept
a couple of times.
On the other hand, if
her schedule gets thrown
a bit - like today when she
completely missed her long nap - she is cranky, the nights are more
difficult, and getting anything at all done is pretty much out of the
The funny thing about my eight months old sleeping
through the night
is that in the morning I usually can't
remember if she's actually done that or not.
Even if she sleeps, I wake at least a couple of times a night when she
moves about. And even if she wakes, I might wake just enough to feed
her a bit and then fall asleep - so it doesn't really matter much
However, she's got so much more mobile (again) over the past weeks that
we had to raise the side of her cosleeper
all the way up between the cot and the big bed. And I hate to admit
this, but of course we only did it once the accident had happened and
she had rolled out of the big bed ...
She rolled all the way from the cot over the side that was low enough
to slow her down but not high enough to stop her, and out of the other
side of a super king size bed.
I was in the next room and didn't hear a peep before the awful thud and
scream, so I don't think the odds of that happening were rather slim,
but of course it entirely my fault and I should have realised long ago
that letting her nap alone like that was an accident waiting to happen.
Fortunately the floor is carpeted and the bed is quite low so she
wasn't hurt. Now Silja's only sleeping in her own cot with both sides
up, and the bottom lowered a few notches.
Since I now have to lift her into the cot and out, I thought I'd really
like to limit the times
I need to move her back and forth
. Also, she seemed to be
really into comfort
- rather than really feeding - especially in the
evenings, and as I normally have tons of things to do (like watching
Desperate Housewives while folding laundry) when the kids are in bed, I
was starting to feel someone or rather something else could take on my
human dummy duties.
I don't really like dummies
/ pacifiers - no proper good reason, just don't like the way they look
- and I was quite pleased Silja didn't seem to want one, but when I
offered her one a few nights ago she suddenly seemed very happy to take
In a few moments she was sound asleep, and now
it's working great - if she wakes she might whine a bit but now I can
simply reinstall the dummy, rather than having to pick her up and feed.
And if I can just limit
the use of the dummy to bedtimes
then I won't mind too
much. And furthermore, using a dummy when falling asleep, and keeping
her in her own cot, does seem to limit the times she wakes at
It will be interesting to see what our eight months old thinks of
traveling. We only
have two more nights here at home in London, then there'll be two
nights in a hotel, a long day of train travel, and a whole new home to
get used to and almost a week before Silja's proper cot arrives in
Zürich. I can't afford to lose any sleep now, so it's on with a bit of
packing now, then to bed.