I've been working on gently putting the baby on a schedule. We were both ready for the structure and predictability.
I am feeling so excited about it. We waited until she was about 6 weeks old to start moving this direction. These last weeks have been filled with lots of longer naps, concentrating on full feedings, and just going with the flow. That said, it feels so amazing to be on our way toward predictability.
I decided I wanted the first feeding of the day to start at 8am. Then I penciled down times in two and a half hour increments for the rest of the feedings. It helps me keep a good eye on her to watch for her sleepy signals. Newborns sleep a ton, and I always get sad when I see her starting to yawn when it feels like she just woke up.
Part of getting on a schedule is establishing some routines so that she will learn to expect what is coming next. It has also involved helping her learn to get to sleep in her own bed. We have really enjoyed her falling asleep in our arms and on our chests. We'll still do that sometimes (like last night when she fell asleep in my arms and I couldn't put her down because she was so cuddly and sweet!), but for the most part it was important for us that she be able to sleep without us having to hold her the whole time.
I'm going to hop off here and read for a bit before she wakes up...but I just wanted to share how excited I am about our new set of train tracks. She has been sleeping for 55 minutes and I was able to shower, put on make-up and get dressed with enough time left over to read.
Last night I was even able to cook dinner. Have you heard of that? Granted, it wasn't a great dinner because I was out of a key seasoning packet and had to make my own which was a little lack luster, but still, we sat at the table and ate food that didn't require milk and a spoon or two slices of bread.