Bless this child of mine. We don't always have great days (*cough*yesterday*cough*), but she's doing A-O-kay on her nights. In amongst the 2- & 3-hour stretches I have been getting, I slept for a solid 3 1/2 hours last night, and it was bliss. Funny how your perceptions of a good night's sleep change.
How do we manage such a feat at 3 weeks old, you ask? First, you have to birth a toddler, like mine. Okay, maybe not really, but I'm just going with what I know. Baby girl has pushed her way past the double digits and is still gaining. I'm not sure if her size has anything to do with it, but like I said, it's what I know. So you birth a toddler (or not). Then what? One word: SWADDLE.
Honey 'chile has been swaddled to sleep from pretty much her first hour. I've tried putting her down with arms & legs free to flail twice, but it's not a good scenario for her. She wakes herself up fairly quickly, and has to be soothed back to sleep, only to wake again... you get the picture. Handsome does love when she falls asleep with her arms all up over her head, and I must agree, she looks perfectly delectable like that. But cuteness does not a well-rested baby (or momma) make, and so for this baby girl, swaddles are a must. It keeps her from startling herself awake during REM sleep, and also helps her calm down and feel secure.
In the hospital, we used the receiving blankets and the Aden + Anais swaddles I mentioned before. And while swaddling with blankets might make you feel a kinship with the generations who have had babies before, let me tell you - it's tricky. The last thing you want is swaddle that has come loose, because that will result in a baby who is angry. And you won't like it when baby is angry. There are some good videos available to help you learn to swaddle with blankets, but still, it's tricky.
Enter the sleep sacks. Halo makes a sleep sack, and we were given two of them, by a momma who's own honey 'chile didn't care to be swaddled. Much pity is extended to her. Riley has been rocking these two swaddles for the past 2 1/2 weeks, ever since we figured out how to work them. It's not hard, it's just that we were a bit addled in the first days and it took longer than a person with any pride cares to admit ;)
|Does this picture look CG'd to you, or is it just me?|
Like, really, Halo?
You couldn't get a picture of an actual baby in one of your sleep swaddles?
I can send you a photo, if you'd like!
Unfortunately, the sleep sacks are only made in the newborn size, and Riley-girl (Hereafter referred to as RG) is fast approaching the end of that era. So we had to figure out a new plan. Although I don't mean to swaddle her forever, I don't think it's fair that Little Miss Chubster should be denied the privilege of a good night's sleep just because she's in the 95th percentile... in everything. So, at the suggestion of several people in the know, we move towards our third type of swaddle: The Woombie
The Woombie is this crazy little peanut-shaped wonder that supposedly mimics the feeling of being in the womb, and is ergonomic and temperate and all of these good things. The testimonials alone make it seem like a miracle-worker, like maybe you'd want to ask your Woombie to be your child's god-parent or to stand up with you at your child's wedding, stuff like that.
And did I mention that they're flippin' adorable? I just ordered two last night, when I realized our time with the sleep sacks was rapidly approaching an end. And when I was tired. Real tired. But luckily, unlike my fabric-buying-blackout of '10, I do not regret my decision in the morning. We went with the Wrap & Snap, thinking it would be most like the sleep sacks that RG is used to, as well as the Leggies, so that even when swaddled, we can buckle her into the carseat and swing and things.
They should get here in the next week or so, hopefully before RG hits the 12-pound mark. And yes, I'm concerned about that happening before she's 4 weeks old. Girlfriend knows whats what. We had weighed her on the kitchen scale, but that only goes up to 11 lbs, and counting the bowl to put her in (Handsome wouldn't let me snap a picture), she's too big for that now. Ridiculous, but wonderful. I'll let you know how the woombies work out for us! Anyone ever tried any of these? Any experience with swaddling? We're surviving, but I'm mostly making this stuff up, and would appreciate any advice!