Baby is a Night Owl


She fell asleep during church. She fell back asleep around 7:30 at dinner. Then she played so sweetly until about 9:30. We had decided after the previous night’s 2:00 am that we had to get a handle on her schedule. We turned down the lights and turned off the TV. I was going to nurse her til she fell asleep and then put her in her bed. So I fed her til 10:30 and she drifted to sleep. Instead of putting her straight in bed I gave her to Daddy since she wasn’t in a deep sleep yet. By 11:00 the plan was working and he put her in bed and she laid quietly asleep.
Yep. She fooled us. That was just a nap. Five minutes later she was back awake. At 12:30 she was still fussing so much as Daddy walked her that I got back up and nursed her again. Eyes closed, eating quickly and then eyes pop back open. Big smile and talking like a chatter box. Talk. Giggle. Laugh. Smile. She was so not asleep.
But Daddy was still good. They had slept in until 11 am that morning so the old schedule of 2:00 am – 11:00 am was just fine for him. Mommy went back to bed. Alarm set for 6 hours.
2:00 am you say?  That was child’s play. Growling and fussing for a few more hours. At 3:30 Mommy finally gets back up. Nurses again, even though she just had a bottle, and finally she falls asleep.
Any more brilliant plans for getting her to sleep earlier?

About Camila

Based in Atlanta, but from the mountains of North Carolina. New widow of a man from Iran. Mother of one precious girl. Anti-human trafficking expert. Sister to 16 siblings (Yes, some of are adopted). Daughter of God.

2 comments on “Baby is a Night Owl

  1. This is hard to do, but when she wakes up and wants to engage after your determined bedtime, try your best not to. After bedtime, even if I have to go back in and rock one of the girls or nurse again, I try my best not to talk or play games. Just say it’s time to sleep, rock, stroke/soothe, nurse and that’s all. It could take a while to make the changes you want so be patient.


    • Grace – I think that is exactly what we need to do, only we need to move the bedtime forward more gradually than I tried, because she is just not at all tited at 10 pm if we let her sleep in til 1130 am. It’s so hard for her dad not to interact and make her laugh. She has him so wrapped around her finger. 🙂


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