Parenting at 4 Months: Sleep Saga

I feel like our baby is growing up so fast. I definitely remember how hard it was when she was a newborn, but I can hardly remember how holding her as a newborn felt like.

My Parenting Notes:
  • Feeding has been fine the past couple of weeks, but I am still wary of nursing in public as she can be quite a fussy eater in public.
  • We try to keep her on a 4-hour eat-play-nap routine during the day, but it's always flexible depending on what time she gets up, how hungry/tired she gets and how well she naps.
  • Napping is still a challenge. It's a rare treat that she'll nap for more than half an hour in the mini crib, the rocker or the swing. Getting her to nap takes time and effort so we'd like that nap to last a good amount, and her longest naps are when we have her in the carrier.
  • Sleeping at night goes pretty smoothly most days. We have to start our rather inconsistent bedtime routine after 8pm when it starts to get dark. She's usually asleep in her bed by 9-9:30pm after nursing and listening to Adele's Chasing Pavements on repeat. She'll stay asleep for about 4-7 hours and wake up for a feed once or twice in the middle of night.
  • Usually around 7am, Ric will take her out of the bedroom when she starts making a ruckus while still asleep so I can get at least an extra hour of sleep. I'm not sure how I can sleep train my kid when I can't even train myself to wake up early.
  • A few nights ago, instead of feeding her as soon as she started fussing, I waited a bit and the fussing never did escalate to crying. She tossed and turned but stayed asleep from 5am to 7am. Her grunting while asleep drove Ric, and eventually myself, to our sofa bed in the living room where we slept in peace for that couple of hours.
  • BUT right on her 4-month birthday, our little angel had a sleep relapse and would not settle for hours -- just as she did when she was a newborn. We tried everything numerous times -- nursing, rocking, swinging, shushing, patting, singing and taking her to bed with us. By midnight, Ric decided to try something we've never done before. My poor husband took her for a car ride for over two hours while I stayed at home to sleep. 
  • She's back to sleeping great *crossing my fingers*, except for one night when she woke up at midnight and had to be rocked, for a few minutes, back to sleep. 
  • We've stopped cloth diapering (which I really enjoy) for the moment, because we have to use up all these disposables we can't stop my in laws from buying for us. Cloth diapering may be cheap, but it's hard to argue with free disposables. We'll go back to cloth when we use the disposables up, unless she's on solids which could make cloth more time consuming and ultimately impossible for us.
  • We are thinking of starting her on solids soon as she keeps staring at us while we eat and seems ready. I was originally planning on doing baby led weaning, but decided to start with purees instead so she can try a variety of flavours from fruits and veggies. 
  • We did let her taste a tiny morsel of polenta chips a week ago:


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