Lucy Goose is 4 months old today!!
I know 4 months isn’t typically known as a big baby milestone, but this one feels huge to me. When Jon David was 4 months old, he rode with me on an airplane for the first time, he started rolling over, and he became so much more alert. It’s kind of the end of the newborn phase and on to becoming more of a tiny person.
Lucy is very aware of her surroundings now. I notice that she grabs onto things A LOT lately (especially my hair) and I suspect she might be teething. Nothing is showing under the gums just yet, but she is constantly drooling and gnawing on her fingers.
I finally decided that it was time to move Lucy from her bassinet in our room, to the crib in her room. I’d been putting it off, mostly because I liked being able to see her all night, but also because I knew how much she liked being bundled in. She was never very comfortable on flat surfaces, so I was dreading the transition.
Thankfully, it wasn’t nearly as bad as I feared. It did take about a week of being consistent (and lots of swaddling!) but she is now able to get herself comfortable and drift right off. As hard as it was for me to move her to her own room, it is nice to get up in the morning and take a shower in my bathroom before she gets up. Normally our movements woke her up every morning, and now she is sleeping in more.
Naps are the other area we were having a TON of difficulty with. Not only for my sake (a woman needs an hour to get things done from time to time) but also for hers…she would get so tired during the day and be absolutely miserable. I ended up downloading THIS book, and I really took away so much great information.
Of course, the book was full of contradictions too, and not all methods are for everyone. What I did learn is that I had to stop trying to get Lucy on the nap schedule that I thought she needed, and instead watch for signs of her own sleep “rhythm”. All babies have a rhythm, and most need more sleep than we think. Unfortunately, by the time we notice our baby is tired, they are crying and are so exhausted that adrenaline kicks in, making it harder to fall asleep.
Signs of sleepiness are usually MILD fussiness, irritability, listlessness (zoning out instead of being alert) and possibly wanting to nurse or whatever they use for comfort. What I have noticed with Lucy is that this occurs every hour and a half after her last sleep. We snuggle and feed for about 30 minutes, then I lay her down. So she goes about 2 hours total between naps. Catching it earlier and finding out her rhythm made a HUGE difference in her sleep and her moods. It took a bit to get it down, but now her schedule looks roughly like this:
7:30 – 8ish am — wake up Upon waking, I ususally turn on Lucy’s soother so she can look at it and wake up a little. She usually does better this way instead of immediately yanking her from her crib. Then we play a bit, and she feeds.
9 ish — start winding down and getting ready for nap. Lay down around 930 or 10 am. Sleep for 1 or 2 hours. Repeat process from morning wake up.
12:30 ish — start winding down and get ready for nap. Lay down around 1. Sleep for 1 or 2 hours.
Lucy is usually ready to sleep again around 4, but I give her a bath and start her bedtime routine at 6 (she goes to bed around 730), so it’s kind of a weird time for a nap. Usually I’ll lay her down in the living room for a catnap. As she gets older, her morning nap will be around 10, and then she will have another nap around 2ish, instead of 3 naps.
I know that this information is probably super boring to some of you, but I also know how hard it is when you have a little one who isn’t sleeping…so I just want to share what worked for me.
Of course, now that we have the sleep thing down, I’m sure she will present me with a new challenge. How long until I have to worry about make-up and dating, again?
I’d love for you to share any baby sleep tips that worked for you…I really love when moms can bounce ideas off one another and share their struggles instead of being judgy — we need more of that!!
Happy 4 months, Miss Lucy!! You wear me out, but you remind me every day of how lucky I am…you are beautiful inside and out, and I look forward to getting to know you even better.
Have a happy Tuesday!