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March 20, 2010

New sleep plan and musical exploration

On Thursday we talked with a veteran nurse who does well-baby checks in the community to see if she had any bright ideas for Addison’s sleep.  After two weeks and a recent night where she was awake from 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. straight, it just didn’t seem that the pediatrician’s suggestions were working.  Luckily, she helped us come up with a new, three-fold plan:

  1. cluster feed every two hours starting at 5:00 p.m. (so 5, 7, 9, and 11)
  2. bug the heck out of her from 5 to 11 so that she can’t get into a deep sleep during that period
  3. put her down for the night at 11:00 p.m. in the same place every night (she suggested a swing to help with her congestion and give her comforting movement)

Nurse Jane said that we have to do the exact same thing every night for 5 nights, and then switch it up if it’s not working.  Night 1 (the 18th) was pretty much the little miracle we’ve been looking forAre you ready for this??!! She slept from 10:30 – 1:00 and 3:45 – 9:00.  Not only that, but she didn’t eat from 1:30 until 9:00!  Neal was getting ready to feed her again when she drifted off to sleep and stayed asleep.  Hallelujah!

Night 2, which we are just wrapping up, she was back to her old shenanigans, not sleeping until 5:30 a.m.  But we’re undeterred.  Now we know she is capable of sleeping during the night, we’ve just got to stay the course.  I hate irritating her when she is so sleepy that she’s dozing off every two or three seconds, so last night I left it up to the men — Neal and Uncle Skylar.  They find this much more palatable as they simulate little baby boxing matchs with uppercuts and kidney punches.  She’s a natural, no?


I’ve been experimenting with music to see what Addison seems to enjoy.  I’ve tried some hymns, but she’s not a fan.  So far this is the hands-down favorite: Wintersong by Sara Bareilles and Ingrid Michaelson.  When I turn it on and sing the lyrics in her ear, she is beyond serene.

I’ve tried a variety of Radiohead, mostly their mellower fare, but it just doesn’t do much for her.  She seems bothered by the obscurity of Thom Yorke’s metaphors (“‘He talks in maths, he buzzes like a fridge?’  What does that even MEAN?”).  The only exception is Neal’s personal anthem.  The first time I sang the words, “I’m a creep, I’m a weirdo…,” she did this:

It was a knowing smile.



  1. Yea! Some success at least. 🙂

    Comment by Audrey — March 20, 2010 @ 3:59 pm

  2. Hot dog! That sleep success is the best news! =) I love the info on her favorite music. I thought Thom Yorke’s strange lyrics might make sense to babies, since they’re so zen in general, but evidently not. Good to know.

    Comment by Sara Katherine Staheli Hanks — March 20, 2010 @ 4:38 pm

  3. That’s a hilarious reaction to those lyrics!

    Good luck with the sleeping routine! I was told to try something (any routine adjustment) with a baby for 2 weeks straight before discarding it in the “doesn’t work” pile, to give them time to get settled into a routine. Or not. In our current world situation of INSTANT RESULTS, this is hard for me. I still have to remind myself all the time that small children don’t change at the flip of a switch just because I want them to. You have to give them time.

    Comment by treen — March 20, 2010 @ 4:54 pm

  4. Ooooh, try The Weepies. My favorite.

    Comment by Aislin — March 21, 2010 @ 2:59 am

  5. thank you for filling in the gaps… Have you tried some Massive Attack (or even Portishead), it might be a little dark at moments, but not nearly as sacharine as Enya?

    Comment by Robin-Elise Call — March 21, 2010 @ 5:13 am

  6. have you read the happiest baby on the block? I heard that has the greatest success rates of getting babies to sleep through the night as soon as they hit 10lbs!! i hear it’s not easy though, and you have to adjust to your family’s needs…but hey, if i can get my baby to sleep 8 hours at 6 weeks I’ll try anything!

    Comment by carissa — March 21, 2010 @ 9:40 pm

  7. Hooray! It is so much easier to stick to a plan (and come up with good ones) once you’ve had some initial success and know there is something worth shooting for. Keep up the good work!

    Comment by Vickie Blanchard — March 21, 2010 @ 11:36 pm

  8. I am glad that you were able to get her to sleep! It sounds like a good plan. I LOVE the picture! Addison has such a cute smile. I can’t wait to see her again.

    Comment by Sharon — March 22, 2010 @ 3:08 am

  9. Oh yay!~ I am very excited for you! That’s pretty much the same plan we followed when we started trying to get Camden to sleep! I am really glad it worked for you! Good job and Congrats!

    Comment by Meghan Romney — March 23, 2010 @ 1:27 am

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