I managed to escape.
Escape… that sounds so bad.
Our co-sleeping routine used to be that Wyatt settled down for the night whenever I decided to go to bed. Prior to my bedtime, he typically slept on either Mike or I if we were relaxing at home or in the carrier if we happened to be out (which is a rare occurrence).
Over the past month, he’s been ready to go to sleep by 8:30-9pm. The issue here is: he won’t go to bed without the boob or without me. Since I was sick for almost 3 weeks, this earlier routine worked to my advantage as I was needing the extra sleep. Now, I’m too alert to go down at 8:30 pm.
Tonight once Wyatt fell asleep, I told Mike to snuggle in closer to him and I snuck out of the room. Often if Wyatt isn’t in a deep enough sleep, he will fuss for me. Tonight, he reached for me, but was content enough to go right back to sleep. Mike loves going to bed early especially since he’s been working overtime lately. This arrangement might work well moving forward.
I finished stuffing diapers and put away a load of baby laundry. Now, I’m sitting at the kitchen table with the dimmer lights down enjoying a cup of tea. Wyatt’s been a major Mommy suck lately. I can’t recall the last time I got this many minutes alone.
But you know…
The second my tea is done I’ll crawl into bed and snuggle in close. Because as much as I appreciate the freedom, I absolutely love my time with my little man.
When I was sick we struggled with the 4 month sleep regression. Even though he was going down earlier, Wyatt was up every 2-3 hours for days on end. I’m very happy to say I got a few 7 hours stretches over the past few nights (but we all know that it’s never 7 straight hours. I still wake up to check on him). Wyatt will typically sleep until sometime between 8-9am with a few feedings in between usually starting around 3-4am.
We’ve just been honouring Wyatt’s tired cues, but do most babies go to bed earlier? What time did/does your 4.5-5 month old go to sleep?