I feel like I’ve written more posts about Chloe’s sleep habits, or lack thereof, more than anything over the last 16 months. I suppose it makes sense, since she’s spent about half her life sleeping at this point, but I’m still waiting for the day when I don’t have to worry or think about it so much!!
We made it through yet another rough patch and now I think we’re at the best spot we’ve ever been in terms of Chloe’s sleep. But, whether I want to or not, I can’t help but compare Chloe’s habits with other children her age and Google is always “helpful” in finding out what we should be experiencing. According to the information I found, Chloe should be getting 13.75 hours of sleep per day – 11.25 overnight and 2 naps totalling 2.5 hours. Some days this seems pretty darn close to what she does. Typically we put her down at 7:30PM and she wakes up about 6:30AM, so she’s getting about 11 hours overnight. She takes a 1 hour nap in the morning and a 1.5-2 hour nap in the afternoon.
But….(you had to know that was coming!) there are many nights when we put her down at 7:30, but at 8PM we can still see her rolling around and hear her talking to herself in her crib, so she’s not actually asleep until after 8PM**. And almost every night she wakes up at least once, usually more, crying. Generally the crying only lasts a few seconds, and then she’s out again, but it’s still enough to wake us up and doesn’t lead me to believe that she’s getting very restful sleep. Then there are times like last Sunday night when she cries for 30 seconds or so, is quiet for a couple minutes, cries for another minute or so, is quiet, etc… for an hour or more. That’s rough on everyone.
A couple of times a week during her afternoon nap, she wakes up after a half hour, but if we let her cry for 5-10 minutes (the sad, whimpery cry) then she’ll go back to sleep for another 1-1.5 hours, so I know she needs the sleep. Other times she sleeps for over 2 hours straight through without a peep. And there are a days when her total nap time tops 3.5 hours after 11 hours at night.
I just wish I had all the answers. Why is she still waking up crying?? How much napping is too much napping?? Will there ever be a night when I can sleep all night through without hearing her and wondering what’s wrong??
**It’s 8:20 as I finish this post and I can see Chloe rolling around on the monitor and I just saw her beady little eyes on the night vision. I suppose I should be thankful that she’s not crying…