In the past few weeks she has really started to figure out her night time sleep. This has been a blessing, since some days can seem long. I feed her about every three hours during the day, so five times. Then she will do one feeding during the night. This feeding can happen between 1am and 3am, it still varies. She is usually up in the morning at 6:30 or 7.
Her day time sleep is still very unorganized, and is getting shorter each week. I can hardly get her to sleep longer than an hour in her crib during the day, sometimes it is only 45 minutes. This can be tricky, because she will often be awake long before it is time to eat again. I really want her to be on an eat, play, sleep cycle so that she can learn to put herself to sleep on her own. Often times I will put her in the swing or the bouncy seat for the second half of her nap until it is time to eat again. I feel like a lot of my day is spent getting her to sleep or worrying about her schedule. I remember this with Bradley, but it still is hard! I cannot wait for more of a morning and afternoon nap schedule, but we have probably two or more months before that happens.
She has made a lot of progress in sleeping on her own. She loves to be swaddled, and now loves her pacifier. She can get herself to sleep with just a minimal amount of fussing and that is good! The problem is the second child syndrome. Usually her schedule gets thrown WAY off because we are out during the day. She always takes her first nap in her crib, but once she wakes up she is usually sleeping in her car seat while we do things out of the house.
Yesterday she slept for a while in her car seat while we went to run some errands. The last place was the grocery store to pick up food I ordered online. Well, she woke up early and we were waiting in the parking lot to get our food. She screamed so loud, and I was out of the car trying to calm her down. A lady walked by and said, "Don't worry I've been there." Ummmmm, embarrassing! After a screaming session on the way home I lifted her out of her seat to find poop all over her car seat and all over her. It was EVERYWHERE! Bradley hadn't had lunch and was saying he was hungry. It was time for her to eat too, etc. etc. I got everyone fed and down for naps and I hadn't eaten myself. Such is life with a newborn in the house, but I definitely feel exhausted at the end of the day---especially after taking apart the car seat and doing tons of laundry to clean up the poop explosion.
I just look at her little face and smile!! She is really so content during the day, other than freak moments in the car seat! I was singing to her yesterday and I swear I heard her first little laugh. Those are the moments that melt your heart.
This is just still a learning process for me. Having two children and trying to meet every one's needs. We will find our rhythm soon, and Ellie won't need as much sleep. It is just a balance, and I haven't quite evened the scales yet. When I feel like I am doing something fun for Bradley, I totally mess up Ellie or the other way around. I have to keep telling myself that we will get there, each day is a little bit better than the last. I just wanted to remind myself of these crazy days!