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Bedtime and One Sleepy Baby

I was planning on trying to sneak a quick nap in my day today because, well, I’m tired, but my son decided to throw a wrench into my plans.

You see, out typical day goes something like this:

Wake up: 7:00

Breakfast: 7:30

Snack: 10:15

Lunch: 12:00

Nap: 1:00

Wake up: 3:00

Snack: 3:30

Supper: 5:30

Bath: 6:15

Bed: 7:00

I know, it looks quite boring, but what can I say, I’m a creature of habit.  And apparently, so is he

Anyways, we’ve been running with this for the past month and a half or so (ever since he dropped his morning nap) and it has been working well.  But for the past few days, the routine is off.  Well, actually, the initial wake up is off which, in turn, screws with our routine.

You see, the little guy has been waking around 5 am.  Grrr… waaaaay too early in my book if you ask me.  To be honest though, it hasn’t been that bad because he generally chatters for up to an hour, falls back asleep a bit and wakes around 7, but this morning, it was 6:15 and he was starting to get pissy in his crib.  So I got him up.

He was actually in a super good mood.  I mean, he “tidied” up our Xbox game collection, played hide and seek, “helped” me pick up in the spare room, played lets-climb-up-onto-mommy’s-bed and brought book after book after book for me to read to him.

But then as he was sitting on me and looking at the pictures in the millionth book he brought me, he started having a hissy fit.  I was like ‘OK, what’s up Dude?’.  I picked him up and rubbed his back to calm him down and within about 30 seconds, he was completely knocked out.

It goes without saying that I was rather surprised.  I mean, I think he was a newborn the last time he fell asleep in my arms like that.

Some of you may be wondering right about now why it’s a problem that he fell asleep when he did.  Well, it’s because it was 11:50 when it happened.  We were about to sit down and have some lunch.  I did have a glimmer of hope that he would wake up when I’d set him down in his crib, but he didn’t.  He remained resolutely asleep, which means that I would be eating my own lunch while he was napping and he would most likely wake up once I would be close to falling asleep.  (As it turns out, he slept from 11:50 to 1:15 and I was indeed on the verge of falling asleep for a short nap when he woke up – oh well…).

So, I guess the questions is, what’s up with him?

Just thinking out loud here:

I don’t think it’s the Christmas/New Year parties because we’ve only been to three and my partner and I have been very anal about leaving early enough to make sure that the little Dude would be in his crib by 8:00 maximum.

Of course, it might be teething…again.  That usually screws around with his (and our) sleep.

Perhaps he’s waking up so early because he’s not spending enough energy during the day.  I mean, he’s waaay too bundled up to be able to play outside (besides, it’s friggen cold these days – almost 40 below today), but we are playing around the house as much as possible.

In the same line of thought, maybe his nap is too long in relation to his bedtime or to the amount of energy he spends in one day.

Maybe it’s because of the Holidays and the fact that his normal daycare days aren’t happening seeing as both his father and I are off until the 6th of January.  I suppose we’ll see next week if everything goes back to normal.

Is it possible that his early wakings are due to the fact that he should be going to bed later?  I mean, we’ve been keeping a 7:00 – 7:15 bedtime for the past 5-6 months or so, but every time he’s gone to bed later for a reason, he has still woken up at 7:00.

It does make me wonder though…

How old are your little ones?  What time is bedtime for them and at what time to they typically wake up in the morning?

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Thirty-something year old discovering the joys and bumps of motherhood.

10 thoughts on “Bedtime and One Sleepy Baby

  1. When my kids dropped their morning sleep I found the time was too long between morning wake and afternoon sleep. They started having a midday sleep (which will totally throw your routine out). We either ate early, like 11am or I put them down for a sleep at 11 and they ate when they woke.

  2. My son is 14 months and has the exact same schedule. He’ll sometimes go through stages where he makes the bad decision of waking at 5, talks and goes back to sleep until 7 or so. This will usually only last a week. It’s probably just the holiday throwing him off. Good luck and hopefully he will re-establish his schedule!

  3. I think they change sleeping patterns every now and then. My toddler naps once a day, goes to bed at around 7 – 8pm on good days but sometimes goes to sleep at 10pm. She used to wake up at 5am which was crazy for me! Now she is consistent with 7am-ish 🙂

  4. Well my little one (just 1 day younger than yours) didn’t even start giving me a “reasonable” schedule until about 2 months ago (before that she was going to bed as late as 2-3am!!!). She can go to sleep anywhere between 8pm (rare) and 10:30 (like last night) and sleeps until 8:50 – 9:15am. She averages 9.5 – 11.5 hrs of sleep per night and has at least 1-3 call outs during the night…. STILL. Ugh.
    She was taking one 1.5 hr nap starting anytime between 1-3pm, but lately switched to two 35-45 min naps. Today she was back to 1.5 hours which I of course prefer in case I need a nap too!

  5. Hey there – though we have not had that exact same thing happen, we have a relatively similar schedule. She goes to sleep at 6:30 and just since we got back from our holiday travels is she sleeping through the night (again). We had a bunch of months (between 14-16) that things were all wonky. Now that all of her teeth are in, it seems a little better, but we are having crazy head banging (not kidding) temper tantrums for no reason when she wakes up from her nap. I dont even get her out of the crib and she is creaming no and throwing herself down. They definitely are full of surprises and always keep you guessing. Happy New Year!!

    1. Thanks for commenting! Teething really is a pain, isn’t it?! I’ve been getting some naps from which the little guy wakes up in a super bad mood too! I have no clue what’s up with that! They definitely keep us guessing! Happy New Year to you too!

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