I'm a little late posting this, but after Harper's 6 month check-up, her pediatrician got real with us. She basically said we were losing sleep because H was not comfortable and she needed more food. WHOOPS. I mean, we are dumb, but dang! She's a happy baby, how were we to know?!?!
So, we went cold turkey. On everything! We placed her in her crib for the first time, NO swaddle, and we did not rock her to sleep. Oh dear!
That first night was super rocky. We let her cry it out and it was AWFUL. We both kept going in and patting her and making sure she was ok. After 40 minutes of crying, she fell asleep. I'm not sure that Brian or I slept very good that night!
The next night, we were scared.to.death. I already told Brian I was going to have to leave if she cried again. I just couldn't stand it! But, he laid her down awake, and she rolled around for about 10 minutes, and went right to sleep...and slept THROUGH the night! Since then we have placed her in her crib and she puts herself to sleep. It's soo amazing!!! :)
I've also worked very hard at getting her to sleep at least 1 nap a day in her crib when I'm home - mostly over Spring Break. To most of you, that seems really silly. But if you remember, she would never sleep unless we held her or she was in her vibrating seat. She sometimes sleeps in her pack'n'play for the sitter, but never for us. It's been a bit of a struggle but she has taken at least 1 nap a day in her crib and sometimes more! YAY! Free time?! Yea, now I see how SAHM's are able to do so much during their kid's naps...they aren't holding them!
Napping has been getting easier and easier with the crib, so I'm hopeful I can get a good routine in this summer when I'm off. On the weekends, we've pretty much set when her naps are according to when she's tired and she usually sleeps in her crib for an hour each time. That's amazing for her!!
So, although I was planning on swaddling Harper until she was around 5...looks like we don't have to do that!
We also started baby food when H turned 6 months old. We've just now finished having her try all the first foods for a few days. I made a handy-dandy spreadsheet where we checked off how many times she ate the food and if she liked it, etc. Um, girl takes after her parents! She loves to eat! Everything! She definitely has her favorites, but she will eat anything you put in front of her!
Anyone else think making a new schedule and figuring out how much your child should eat is confusing?!