The Frankenbaby Chronicles

Two girls, three cats, some frozen sperm, a doctor's office, and a big dream.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Milestones (aka The End of an Era)

So remember when I said I would probably be swaddling my kid until she was five, because it was the only way she ever got any sleep? (Yeah, I even swaddled for naps.) And umm, did you ever hear anyone say that it's impossible for babies to roll from back to belly when they are swaddled tightly?


So my dear sweet Little Punk started screaming last night from her bed. Awful muffled screams through the baby monitor. We went in to check, and she was perfectly swaddled, yet face down in the bed. We hoped it was a fluke, flipped her over, got her back to sleep. An hour later? Yeah, a repeat. Ulp.

I had imagined a nice, gentle weaning of the swaddle in the next month or so. Heck, we had just bought three more large-size Swaddle-Mes. JUST bought. As in mere DAYS ago. Alas, this was not to be, and we had to ditch the swaddle Cold Turkey at 9:30 last night.

The good news is that once she is asleep, she's pretty much sticking to her usual sleeping patterns (she woke up one extra time but was able to go back to sleep with some patting). The bad news? Umm... getting her to sleep is HARD. Without the swaddle, she always wakes up when placed in the crib no matter HOW asleep she is in your arms. Always.

Poor thing, she's got to ditch the swaddle AND learn to put herself to sleep all in one week!
This is going to be a looooong couple of nights.

But she's so dang big and cute!

big girl!


Blogger Julie said...

I can;t believe how big she is getting! Yay for Gus!

4:51 AM  
Blogger Holly said...

She is sooooo cute.
Andrew was able to flip himself over in the swaddle as well. Plus, even in the miracle blanket, he constantly squirmed his way out of it. Little escape artist.

10:31 AM  
Blogger FosterMommy said...

Do you use anything other than the Swaddle Me? Cuz that thing is way too roomy, imo.
Squeak just graduated from the swaddle this past weekend - at 9.5 months. And, yeah, getting him to fall asleep is a bit trickier.

If you want to try swaddling her for longer, you can go to a fabric store and buy a square of flannel and use that. We used 48" square, I think. THough smaller would probably work well, too. A good swaddling technique and a tight swaddle go a long way.

Though we never had that rolling over problem, cuz Niblet and Squeak both slept/sleep in the Amby hammock. Squeak can get himself on his side though...hmm...

I'll hope for some good self-soothing vibes to visit our houses.

9:53 AM  

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