When Mike and I first got home from the hospital with Maggie, we decided to sleep on the couches downstairs to make things easier. I wasn’t supposed to be running up and down the stairs a lot, plus our bed is really high and would be hard for me to get into and out of (many many times) during the night.
It worked out really well, especially once it was determined that Maggie had reflux and we put her in her bouncy seat to sleep. She was sleeping within arm’s reach at night and checking on her consisted of rolling over and hanging my head off the edge of the couch.
It worked out so well that we were reluctant to move back upstairs. We had a good thing going and were kind of lazy about switching things up. Other than 2 short naps, I didn’t sleep in my bed for a month! Last Friday, we decided to bite the bullet. Maggie slept in the bouncy seat next to the bed, and all through the weekend she would sleep about 4 to 5 hours at a stretch during the night. The cats were glad to have us back in our bed, and it was nice to be able to stretch out and feel somewhat like a normal human being again.
Last night Maggie fell asleep downstairs around 9:30 or so, woke up to eat at 10:30 and fell back asleep a little while later. We carried her upstairs around midnight, and put her in her crib. She had been in it before during the day, but had only slept there for half an hour. Mike and I spent an anxious half hour or so staring at the monitor, but eventually fell asleep. She woke up at 2:30 to eat, then fell back asleep until 6:00. After I fed her at 6:00, I laid her down and sat in the chair peering over the crib and watched her put herself to sleep. She slept until almost 9:00.
I think we’re on the way to getting into a rhythm and finding a routine that works for all of us. We’re definitely headed in the right direction!