Thursday, March 4, 2010

Mommy Doesn't Always Know Best

One of my biggest issues is worrying too much about things I really have no control over.

It drives my husband bananas that I worry some damn much about the stupidest things.

I thought I was justified in worrying about getting Turtle on to a schedule, but apparently I was just being my normal self and worrying about nothing.

I mean, in my defense Roo didn't have a schedule and slept like crap. I wanted to make it so Turtle didn't follow that path.

Who really wants to be sleep deprived when you can put her on a schedule?

So for the past week I've been monitoring when she naps and when she's awake. I've been struggling to get her to be awake during certain times of the day hoping I could starve off any late night partying she wanted to do in the middle of the night.

Once again, my husband thought I was crazy. He said I should just let her be, after all she's not even two weeks old. He told me that she's going to do whatever she wants and I can't do a thing about it.

So yesterday, I did just that. I let her be. If she wanted to sleep, she slept. If she woke up, we all played with her.

And you know what, he was right.

She slept great last night. She only got up 3x to feed and went back to sleep afterwards.

It was perfection.

I felt so great when I woke up this morning.

So while I'm fighting my natural instinct to worry about it today, I'm letting her be.

Wish me luck.


Erika said...

Schedules are just another thing that you have to do if it works for your family. I think that's really all parenting is, finding out what works for you and not worrying about what anyone else says or does. I never had a schedule and Peyton slept like crap, but Shey slept great. Go figure.

Christina said...

I am a true believer of schedules but they do not work until after about a month or so old. She will tell you when she gets ready for bath and bed by the level of crankiness. Right now she is going to do what she wants. I have to say once we got each of the boys on a schedule they slept through the night quicker and my happiness increased (along with everyone else's as I was less cranky)!!!

Ashley said...

I put Babe on a sleep schedule when he was around 5 months old. Until then, I just went with the flow when it came to his sleep/awake patterns. Babe just turned 2 and sticks to a solid schedule. It's the best thing I ever did for him.