"Baby Wise" SUCKS!!! Yep, I said it.
*Disclaimer: This is just my opinion. I think it sucks for me and my baby.*
If you haven't read the book, I'm referring to the "eat, play, sleep" routine. The idea is that you get your baby on a schedule where they eat, then play and then nap. I've been loosely following this idea for the past 6+ months.
Gavin eats, stays awake for 1.5-2 hours and then is exhausted and wants a nap. The problem? He's tired just before it's time to eat again. I put him down for a nap, he wakes up right at his next feeding. I was getting 30-45 minute naps a few times a day.
This past weekend the bestie was here. I was expressing my frustrations with G's new "nighttime naps" and lack of daytime naps with substance (aka "me time.") We realized what I wrote in the paragraph above. As soon as she brought it to my attention, a light bulb went off. It's so obvious (just like, a few weeks ago I tweeted for suggestions on a miracle lotion for my hands because they're ridiculously dry from all the bottle washing. @thisispersonal commented that I should wear dish gloves. OMG!!! Obviously! Dish gloves have solved my dry hand issues!) If I go to bed hungry, I won't sleep as well but I am usually half asleep when I have a full belly.
The bestie wrote down the schedule she's used for her two boys. The idea is that I "top him off" with a small bottle before naps which means he's not exactly eating every three hours.
After a full day on that new schedule, I have a new child!!! Yesterday, he took TWO 1.5 hr naps!!! TWO!!! This hasn't solved the problem with him waking up in the middle of the night...yet. I think once he gets used to the new routine, he'll be more confident to sleep through the night. Fingers crossed at least. (I'm more than happy to share his new schedule if anyone is interested.)
In other breaking news (again, in my little world,) I have an idea why new moms/SAHMs wear sweatpants and stretch pants.
*Disclaimer: I know that it is just a stereotype. I'm not saying that all new moms and stay-at-home-moms wear sweatpants and stretch pants. But...this stay-at-home, new mom does!*
If I'm not just wearing my PJs all day, I'm usually in, what I like to call, comfies. They're usually yoga pants, sweat pant material shorts or just loose cotton capris.
Let me tell you why...
I've been on a diet since G was six weeks old. I am now under (WOOT! WOOT!!!) my pre-pregnancy weight. Unfortunately, I am still not fitting into my pre-pregnancy clothes. What the heck?!?!
It appears that my hips and a$$ did not get the memo! Everything has remained prepared for another baby (you know...W I D E!) Hence, (yeah...hence!) the comfy bottoms. Stretchy and cotton is forgiving and comfortable. I'm not stuck with constant wedgies and a horrible muffin top!
But -- I'm certainly not laying around all day in my sweatpants, eating bon bons, watching Oprah!