Friday, August 19, 2011

Ada and Sleeping

One of the frequently asked questions is how Ada is sleeping. So I thought I would discuss her sleeping here for all to enjoy.

Ada sleeps. A lot. And often at night.

Our typical day goes like this:

5:30 a.m. -- Ada wakes up and I feed her. Dogs take this opportunity to run around like crazies antipicating their food. Often, I can't take the commotion and get Jeffrey to wake up and take care of the dogs while I attend to Ada.

5:45 a.m. -- Ada goes back to sleep in her swing so I get my coffee going, check my email, and browse the internets.

6:30 a.m. -- Ada wakes back up again, and depending on her mood, we change her and put her in her swing while Jeffrey reads her a book. Sometimes I take a shower now but often I like to just play with the baby -- she likes to practice her standing, sitting, crazy beetle-on-its-back legs, and hilarious comedy routine.

7:30-ish a.m. -- Ada is now tired of Jeffrey/Play Time and wants to eat again. So I feed her while drinking coffee and annoying Jeffrey with my prattling while he tries to catch up on sports blogs and such.

7:50 a.m.  --  Jeffrey goes to work, Ada falls back to sleep, and I do a few chores, etc.

Ada sleeps from about 8 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

9:45 a.m.. -- I log into work and nurse Ada while I peruse my inbox

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10:15 a.m. -- Ada is back to sleep in her swing (which is next to my desk chair BTW) and I'm working away.

Noon -- Jeffrey pops home for lunch and I often have to wake Ada up for a little lunch herself. She's usually back to sleep by the time Jeffrey goes back to work.

3 p.m. -- Ada is usually ready for me to feed her again after an afternoon of sleeping and I'm usually not quite ready to do so as I'm usually not quite done with my work. So this is the most difficult time of the day. The dogs also want to go out. So it's a lot of beings wanting to do a whole bunch of stuff that isn't possible at the same time.

4 p.m. -- I feed the dogs while Ada usually hangs out on the floor watching everything.
Ada is sort of up and down after this. She'll hang out for a bit, get fussy, eat, fall asleep, wake back up again, rinse repeat.

7 p.m. -- Jeffrey gets home and plays with Ada while I do dinner. Or sometimes I'll nap a bit while he makes us food.

8 p.m. -- Ada is getting a little fussy, so it's my cue to put her to bed for the night. We go up to her room, I put on her Beatles Lullabye CD, swaddle her (she still wakes herself up with her arms so they have to be pinned down), and nurse her until she's so milk drunk she can't possibly keep her eyes open. She sleeps in her crib happily swaddled and additionally blanketed by a lovely blanket my aunt knitted for her that is the perfect weight to soothe a sleeping baby.

9:45 pm.  -- If I'm not passed out yet, I'm just falling asleep.

3 a.m. -- Ada usually cries for a feeding. Once nursed, she goes right back to sleep. I take the dogs out and then we all go back to sleep.

Then it all starts again at 5:30 a.m.!

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