A Long Day

I sit at the dining table, just having put Claire to bed at 7:45 p.m. Husband is out seeing a movie with a friend; he deserves an occasional fun outing too. The challenge has been that last week I started doing something different with Claire’s schedule, and today I’ve decided it probably isn’t working out.

Before last week, our routine was thus:

Wake at 5:45 or 6:00 a.m., have a bottle
Play until sleepy around 7:30-8:00 a.m., go down for a nap
Up around 9:00 or 9:30 a.m., eat breakfast, play or go out
Bottle at 11-ish, play, then a second nap around 12:30
Up at 1:30 or 2:00, lunch, more play
Another nap around 3:30 or 4:00 sometimes
Dinner at 5:30, play, Husband home for dinner at 6:30
Play, bath, bed at 7:45 or 8:00

Last week I began trying:
Wake at 5:45 or 6:00 a.m., have a bottle
Back to sleep in the crib until she wakes at 8:00 or 8:30
Breakfast at 9:00
Bottle at 11:30
Nap at 1:00
Lunch at 2:00, bottle later, then dinner
Up until 7:45 or 8:00

Even though she is getting the same number of hours of sleep, I noticed with the new schedule she is cranky, more tearful, and tired. She seems to need a nap at 10 or so, but she won’t fall asleep. She has a mid-day long nap, but then ends up exhausted, clingy, and whiny in late afternoon; however, she won’t nap then either. So it makes for many many hours between sleep periods where she is just not her best self.

Tomorrow I’ll return to the former schedule and observe how this works over the next week. My hope is that she regains her cheerful balance. I think she simply needs more frequent, if shorter, naps.

I wish I had more to say, but at this time of day I’m lucky if I can form a thought at all! A novel and bed await.

Next on my to-read list (once I can get a copy from the library): The Lincolns: Portrait of a Marriage

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4 Comments on “A Long Day”

  1. marta Says:

    Wow. I mean, I never managed to write down a schedule for A. He had a schedule for bedtime, but otherwise…

  2. Kathryn Says:

    Well, this is basically a reflection of the day and how it usually unfolds based on a couple of variables. A lot of times the actual times (the “when” and the length) varies.

  3. marta Says:

    I suppose I would add that I flounder around and rarely talk about it. I know that what really happens and how it looks written on the screen are two different things, but my impression is that you’re prepared. Sort of.

    I can’t even write about it without sounding like a twit. Seems that when you say anything about mothering, it is like saying one way is better, and I don’t mean that at all.

    I don’t comparison shop, I hardly plan for emergencies, and I’ve only a vague idea where my son is on any scale of anything. So, I’m impressed by all that you do and you’re doing great.

  4. gerry rosser Says:

    Soldier on, kathryn, soldier on.