Thursday, July 14, 2011
Nora is developing and hitting milestones faster than I can keep up with.
Last week, she learned how to go from a lying down to a sitting up position. Last night, she pulled up to stand in her crib.
Every night this week, when I've put her in her crib for bed, she's sat right up and played. After a 10-15 minute chunk of time, I'll usually go in there to do a "sleep reminder" and lay her back down, telling her "It's time for night-night" and I'll walk right back out.
Rinse, lather, repeat. For one to two hours. Then she finally passes out.
Last night, she only figured out how to stand up that one time. Tonight? Well, let's just say it's a good thing we dropped her crib mattress down a notch before she went to bed, because Miss Nora was having a ball standing up in there. A couple of times, she cried because once she was up, she wasn't quite sure how to get back down.
I know this nighttime routine is probably a phase, but maybe it's not. Maybe this is how toddlers "ready" themselves for sleep in their cribs. But how are we supposed to handle? Are we doing the right thing by going in there and doing the "sleep reminders"?
If she is playing in there for one to two hours, does that mean she suddenly doesn't need as much sleep anymore, and we should be putting her to bed later? Or is she just too distracted to sleep now that she is so excited about her new talent?
If it is a phase, how long can we expect this to last before the novelty wears off?
I have to say--right now, we think peeking in and seeing her standing up is the cutest.thing.ever. Especially because she's always so smiley and so stinkin' proud of herself. We just want to make sure she continues to get the sleep she needs, and that we don't create any bad habits.