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Friday, June 03, 2005

Sleep ... Precious Sleep 

So, I may have mentioned before that Celeste doesn't always sleep so well. However, her little bout with a fever combined with a leap have made the past few weeks even worse.

And, on top of that, on Wednesday Evelin shifted her bedroom around — the crib had to be moved because she was able to reach the curtains and, since we dropped the mattress, an electrical outlet was tantalizingly close — which seems to have left her sleep just that extra bit more unsettled.

So, since she's in the midst of all this change, we're also throwing some food changes at her. The basic rule of thumb we just learned is 0–9 months offer milk first then solids; after 9 months go with solids first. Yesterday afternoon, instead of her 3:00 p.m. (or so) bottle, Celeste had some cheese, Purely O's (the organic version of Cheerios), some sweet potato, and some apple ... followed about an hour later by a half bottle of milk.

Overall, that went reasonably well, but, since she didn't nap or anything, she was ready to head to bed well before the normal time. She was bathed and, by 5:40 p.m., I was feeding her an extra-tall bottle of milk, and she was asleep in my arms just a little past 6:00 p.m.

For there, she did pretty well, with some whimpering at the 90 minute mark followed by a full-blown wake up around 9:00 p.m. Evelin gave her a feeding at that point, and then the fun started: Celeste decided she'd only had a nap and was up for the next two hours. She fed again around 1:00 a.m., spent some time in our bed, and rest of the night is kind of uncertain. Evelin thinks there was a wakeup around 3:00 a.m., but neither of us are sure. She woke for the day around 5:30 a.m. Her first nap of the day came before 8:00 a.m.

Right now, she's asleep (with the occasional cry/whimper short wake) and has been for about two hours ... and, of course, as I type this a big cry is starting.... Hopefully it'll even out and the evening will go more smoothly than last.

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