Tuesday, March 28, 2006


Result of the "Which book are you" Quizz:

I didn't cheat on this. I only did it once and didn't even know what the choices of books were. I Swear!

You're Watership Down!

by Richard Adams

Though many think of you as a bit young, even childish, you're
actually incredibly deep and complex. You show people the need to rethink their
assumptions, and confront them on everything from how they think to where they
build their houses. You might be one of the greatest people of all time. You'd
be recognized as such if you weren't always talking about talking rabbits.

Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

On other Spooky Scoops, there's something strange happening to Matilda. Yesterday, after we'd gotten up and played for a bit, I put her in her car seat, with her toys, so I could get some things done. At some point, I noticed the defening sound of silence coming from the car seat. I went over to check her, and yes, she was sleeping. This morning, exactly the same thing happened. A couple of weeks ago, same again. Matilda was in her crib, playing with her toys, and suddenly I realised she'd fallen asleep. I had to check she was breathing twice, before running off to call my mum and tell her. She woke up before I had time to notify the press.

Here is a picture, so I know I wasn't hallucinating:

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Now, this is weird. This child has NEVER, until now, fallen asleep on her own. About 70% of the time she breastfeeds to sleep, and the rest 30% is divided among being walked in her pram, being driven in the car, and being in the pouch. I tell a lie, about 0.5% of the time would be with me patting her back and singing to her, but that's still a work in progress and hardly ever happens. I don't know what to do about this. We've had pretty bad nights with Matilda recently (like, since Christmas,) she seems to wake up A LOT during the night and want to be latched on pretty much constantly. We've been trying to pat her to sleep when she wakes up during the night, with very limited success (see 0.5% above.) The rest of the time, she just gets her boobie and goes back to sleep (for an hour or so.)

Here are my thoughts at this point:

  1. In all of the above occasions, she was alone (I was out of the room, or out of her line of vision.)
  2. Also, it has always happened earlier in the day, rather than later. In evenings, she tends to want to be held all the time, and cries otherwise, while recently she's quite happy to sit on her own and play in the morning/afternoon.
  3. Peter has been able to get her to sleep in the evening, but only if she can't see me. If she sees me, she starts moaning, crying and straining to get to me (and my mammary glands.)

Right now, what we figure is that she's obviously capable of putting herself to sleep, but my presence is too distracting. We're toying with the idea of having Peter trying to put her to sleep in her crib in the evening, with me out of the room, and then switching bed-sides with Pete, so that he's the one next to her in bed. That way, the boob is less accessible, and she gets a chance to be patted to sleep with no distractions. If she gets more agitated, or insists, I'm very happy to feed her. What does everyone think? Any other suggestions? I know I have a few readers who are not my family members -I welcome your input. I won't let her cry (CIO OR controlled crying) but, you know, I do appreciate any imput. In other words, HELP!


Lisa said...

Sounds sensible to me - why not try it and see. The 'no cry sleep solution' is worth a read, but for me it just made me feel a bit better and I was never actually spurred on to try it!

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genevieve said...

I think it is certainly worth a try. Imogen started putting herself to sleep during daytime naps first too (at nursery). I couldn't understand how they were doing it as she always wanted milk to get sleepy with in the evening, but they kept saying that she didn't cry. A bit later I started fiddling with the evening bedtime routine to try and widen the gap between milk and sleep. Sometimes it worked and sometimes it didn't. I felt better though. We've had a pretty sleepless time from January to March too - I think it was the molars. So I understand how you feel. Definitely a good time to fiddle with the routines, if only to reassure yourself that you are doing what Matilda needs at the moment.

I think it is wonderful that she now has this ability. I'm sure it will slowly grow. And well done for giving her all that emotional support so far. I heard that babies become anxious during periods of fast developement, and anxious babies like to wake frequently in the night and check you are there. So I guess she is developing quickly at the moment :o)
lots of love,