Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Not much to report today, really. We are trying to establish a napping schedule. Any helpful hints from anyone would be appreciated. Molly sleeps a lot in the Moby, but we try to put her down for at least one nap a day in her pack and play. She doesn't really seem to like to nap, though. I don't know if she is still so little that she likes to be cuddled (i.e., in the moby) to fall asleep or if she just doesn't really need that much sleep. I was reading in my handy dandy Dr. Spock book that some babies just don't need as much sleep as other babies. I know I certainly need a lot of sleep, so it seems strange that my daughter would not need that much. Bill can get by with less than I can, and I know Aunt Kelly can get by on (what seems to me) next to no sleep. So maybe Molly Zelda just doesn't need as much. Regardless, I am still trying every day to get her to take a nap outside of the Moby. She will sleep only a little while, usually less than an hour, before she wakes up and starts crying. If she is not crying, we usually just leave her alone to see if she will go back to sleep. We figure she is at least getting some rest even if she is not actually falling asleep. Today I tried to put her on the couch next to me, resting on the nursing pillow. She is there right now, and I am looking at her dosing. That seems to work so maybe I will try that again tomorrow. She is really cute. It has been pretty hot so she is just in her diaper. I took a couple of pictures so those will be in the next group Bill posts. You can see how chubby she is getting, with the rolls on her fat belly.

I have been trying to get out of the house with her a little while every day. It can sometimes be difficult, though, because she eats a lot. I try to leave after a feeding and spend an hour or so out. Luckily, there are tons of things to wander around through in our neighborhood, little shops, coffee shops, a bookstore, etc. so I don't have to drive anywhere. I just strap her on and we take aimless walks. It's pretty nice, actually.


Abacus said...

Today during my lunchtime I tried to take a nap under a tree at the park by the beach near work. It nearly worked for me. Maybe Molly would like to nap outside in the fresh air. :) As usual, I have no words of wisdom on the subject of babies. Good luck; I hope you and Molly both get more naptime in soon.

Marsha D said...

Just yesterday I was talking to a new Mom at work and she said that her daughter (Lorelei) (Isn't that a pretty name?) will absolutely NOT go to sleep unless she is swaddled. Molly sleeps so well in the moby, maybe that is because she is swaddled in it close to you. I know it is hot there but maybe you should try swaddling her in a very light weight blanket or in a sheet. Might be worth a try.
I love you hon.

Not-so-Suburban Mama said...

We are going through the SAME THING! Kid A just will not sleep unless she's on one of us. I took her all over creation and back yesterday, trying to tire her out (and I KNOW she was tired), but even though she was asleep when we got back home, she woke up within 20 minutes and would not go down for any length of time. She slept independently from 9 pm until 1 am, and then slept with me for the rest of the night. And she's in the Moby now! SO, if you get any good tips, please share them!

I figure, though, with 45 hours a week in child care, she will learn to nap differently ... it does make me sad, though!