So I have decided to try out a new schedule with Eliana. This 3 hour thing just doesn't seem to be working anymore and she most definitely has decided to no longer Sleep Through The Night. I don't know what's wrong or what changed, but I know I have tried everything in the world to get her to go back to her normal 9p to 6a without waking up. But nothing is working. So I am trying out a new schedule.
Today is day 1 with the new schedule and so far I think its going well. But the real test will be tonight. I truly hope it works otherwise its back to the drawing board. But for all you Mom's out there I would love some insight as to what your schedules are and what you do. Here is what Eliana's new schedule looks like:
8am: Wake up and Nurse
8:30 - 10:00am: Wake Time/Play Time
10:00 - 12:00pm: Nap
12:00pm - Wake up and Nurse
12:00pm to 2:00pm - Wake Time/Play Time
2:00pm to 5:00pm - Nap
5:00pm - Wake up and Nurse
5:00pm - 7:30pm Wake Time/Play Time
7:30pm - Bath
8:00pm - Bedtime and Nurse
Here are my questions:
I realize that I am going 5 hours without nursing in the afternoon, but she always takes a longer afternoon nap and so my other options are to wake her at 4pm and nurse then have her take another 1 hr nap like between 5:30 and 6:30pm or to keep the 3 hour nap, but nurse her again at 2pm before I put her down. I know your not supposed to feed before nap time, but its the only other option I have. She can't stay awake the entire time between 4pm and her 8pm bed time so I am stuck with extending her afternoon nap or allowing another cat nap before bedtime. My only problem with the cat nap before bedtime is that I don't want it to affect her ability to go to bed at 8pm.
Any thoughts or resolutions or suggestions? I am assuming she will still nurse somewhere around 5-6am and then go back down afterward for at least another month because I don't think she is quite ready to do a 12 hour stretch. She can go 10 hours, but she always wakes up in the middle of the night now for whatever reason. Gas, Teething, Constipation, etc. I have no idea. So I figured if I went militant with my schedule it would help her sleep better through the night. In the beginning this wasn't a problem, but apparently now that she is older and more aware of her surroundings I think she is becoming more sensitive and needs a stricter schedule.
Anyhow that's my situation. I would appreciate everyone's input. Eliana is almost 5 months in case you were wondering and we did start her on rice cereal about a week ago, but stopped because it seemed to constipate her. We are holding out before trying anything else.
p.s. We have followed the whole babywise thing since day 1 and it was working like a charm until about 3 weeks ago and since then I have no idea what's wrong.