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What I have learned about Sam

posted May 15, 2013, 5:17 PM by Christine Merrill   [ updated May 15, 2013, 5:17 PM ]
Sam and I have been hanging out for about 4 months now.  We're starting to understand each other.  And we've had some great learning moments in the last few weeks as we've started to settle into a regular nap schedule.  This was precipitated by deteriorating sleep quality in the weeks before, and knowing that by the book, now is about the time that most kids start to get into a groove, instead of their newborn sleep-whenever-wherever style.  So, we started nap times.  Here are some things I've learned:
  • A normal 4-month old nap schedule:  morning nap, afternoon nap, a short dinner-time nap, bed.
  • Sam's nap schedule when he's well rested and given routine:  see above.
  • Sam's nap schedule when routines are not respected:  one hour on, two hours off.  All.  Day.  Long. 

Sam can wake up at 7, put himself to sleep at 8, wake up at 9, fall back asleep at 10:30, wake up at 11:30 (on the dot.  It's remarkable.) go back to sleep at 1:30, wake up at 2:30, sleep at 4, wake at 5, sleep at 7, and maybe wake up one more time before bed.  That's 4-5 naps in a day.  It gets a bit crazy.  Not to mention being unhealthy.  So, I'm motivated to give him his routine.  Sometimes, a mom just needs a chunk of time longer than 1 hour to get stuff done!  The problem is that I haven't had a newborn in soooo long, and I'm really struggling to say "no" to activities at 9:30 am or 2pm.  This business of having one window during the day to be able to do all my errands...tough to live by.  Not to mention that I have kids whose schedules aren't necessarily set by me or my baby.

An interesting thing about Sam is that he puts himself to sleep better than anyone I've ever seen.  This is nice, in general.  I'm still blown away that when it's nap time, I just put him in bed, and he falls asleep with no crying, like he's been doing this his whole life.  Well, actually, he has...but my other kids didn't work this way.  The only down side is that when he's off his routine, he'll just fall asleep whenever he feels like it and take a little 45 minute nap, which means that he won't take a very long nap when it's nap time.  I spent 2 hours a day earlier this week just in KEEPING SAM AWAKE until nap time.  I think I'm in opposite world.  And he is just as hard to keep awake as my other kids were to get to sleep!

Another thing about Sam:  he didn't have much of a sense of humor for quite a while.  When other lads giggled and gurgled and wiggled [he] proudly was loudly forlorn. (Name that movie...)  But he has turned into a champion smiler, laugher, and terrific guy to hang out with.  He even thinks his siblings are funny, which is impressive considering how obnoxious they are when trying to entertain him.  Sometimes I feel badly for him.  So if you're ever feeling sad, come on by, I've got someone who can cheer you up.  If he's awake :)

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