at 9:40, i gave river a bath and let him play a bit. bubbles were introduced for the first time, and he was amazed. after the bath, we went to our room and turned on his blue-bulbed lamp while i got him dressed for bed and read a night-time story. when i was finished reading the book, i let him play around with it a bit while he sat on my lap, until he asked to nurse. he fell asleep within 10 minutes, right at 10:00 pm.
at 1:30, he still had not woken up [very rarely does he sleep longer than two hours at a stretch], so my crazy-mom alarm went off and i went in to check on him. he was fine, of course, but i accidentally woke him up when i tried to cover his legs with a blanket. i nursed him for about 5 minutes and put him down, though he was a bit restless. about 15 minuets, he comes toddling into the living room, as he usually goes around this time. i went to bed and john held him for about thirty minutes before he came into the room saying river was almost asleep and then realized i wasn't there, and started looking for me. i was afraid he would be awake a long time, but he nursed to sleep in about thirty minutes [not a long time, compared to his habit of staying up for two hours in the middle of the night]. i'm not sure how many times we woke up in the night to nurse because we co-slept the entire night. it's always more often when we co-sleep -- i think it was four or five times.
we didn't wake up early this morning. i thought about it, but he's always still so sleepy at 7:30, and if i were to make him get up, he would be grumpy and clingy all morning until he decides to take a nap. so i let him sleep until 9:30, when he woke up on his own, happy and babbling in bed. i'm still not sure what to do in the mornings, because i would like to wake up earlier, and at the same time every day, but i don't know how he would nap if we woke up at 7:30. i know he would take an early nap, probably around 10:00 am, and a later nap. right now he only takes one long nap in the afternoon, but if he falls asleep any later than 3:00, he will be up all night. i guess we'll try waking up tomorrow at eight and see what happens.
wow -- who knew i could write three long paragraphs about something entirely dull?
- edit - i'll be updating river's new sleep routine on the left-hand side of the page. this way i'm not going into long details. ;)