Ellie wasn't a great sleeper at the beginning. We had our fair share of hourly wake-ups and far too many parties at two, three, four, five, and six o'clock in the morning. BUT, she's doing soooo much better these days. My secrets?
- We did the cry it out thing for a couple of days. I got into the bad habit of nursing her to sleep and that had to stop. And now, she uses her pacifier. Win-win, if you ask me. She loves the thing now. Hooray.
- I feed her a TON between 6:00 and when she goes to bed (anywhere between 8:30 and 10:00). Apparently if she has a bazillion ounces of milk before she sleeps she doesn't get so hungry in the middle of the night.
- Scott gets up early in the morning to go to work or the gym. Once that happens, Ellie gets in bed with me. That way, the second she stirs, I pop that pacifier in her mouth and I get to sleep for another hour.
This morning, Ellie started to stir around 9:30 so I gave her that beloved pacifier and she fell right back to sleep. I got up and heated my leftovers from dinner last night, got my computer, and watched reruns of Gilmore Girls while blog-stalking in bed next to my sleeping baby for a half hour.
Perfect morning? Yessiree.