Sunday, December 21, 2008

A Long Winter's Nap...

I can't believe I've failed to mention Avery's sleeping habits!!! Any of you who have done the night shift with a new baby know that even the thought of a full night's sleep is one of the most beautiful things you could imagine!

Having started off life in the hospital, on a strict 3-hour schedule... Avery didn't throw our world upside down completely when she came home. As long as we were good to stick to her schedule, we could count on at least every 3 hours or so! (this is one of the unexpected perks of the whole NICU ordeal!)

So, most nights we would stay up till around midnight for her last feeding, then Steph would go to sleep...and I would either stay up and do her next feeding, or take a nap and wake up with her... then Steph would get up to pump in the morning and feed her or I would feed her while she pumped..

We stuck to that mostly, till all of the sudden one morning... we woke up and it was about 7:00 am... I looked over at Steph, and asked if she'd fed the baby during the night... and she said she thought that I must have. We looked down at the foot of the bed, and Avery was just dreaming away....having slept about 7 hours! We called the doctor after she did basically the same thing the next night, and he gave us the green light to just feed her on demand at nights... and our lives have never been the same since ;)

She's usually really good to hang out with us and be her most awake and alert in the late evenings. She'll lay on the floor and make faces and coo at us...or come in bed with us and kick her little feet and smile at us. Then she'll eat around 9 and sleep till midnight, when she'll have one last feeding... and then she's good to go until about 7 the next morning!

She's been such a sweetheart to us since coming home.... we can't be grateful enough!

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12 comments:

Allie, Jared, and Zack said...

You have it made!! We are still working on it!

taryn said...

Woohoo! Go Avery! We miss you guys!

The Bell Fam said...

OH, Steph I am so happy you found me so I could see your cute blog. Look at your little angel of a trooper. She is so amazing. Wow! You guys have been through a lot. Hope you have an incredible Christmas! I am sure you will. Good to hear from you. Your family is darling.

Marquee said...

aw Steph she is so precious!!!

janaemadsen said...

I love that your baby sleeps through the night- your pictures look gorgeous- the Hansens are such a Hollywood couple.

Tara said...

Steph!
Kasey sent me your blog link and I was so excited to see your cute little family! Avery is such a beautiful little girl. And YEAAA for sleep! life gets so much better on a full night's sleep.
our blog is www.tararustyhallejosh.blogspot.com if you want to check it out.

The House that James Built said...

just catching up on friends blogs finally...she is so cute! glad you are getting more sleep, we are on the fun 2-3 hr schedule, but you guys deserve sleep more than anyone!

Emilie said...

I miss you Stephy! I need to come visit soon and see your cute little Avery. She's a doll!

Jen said...

new post! new post! :)

Holly said...

just checking in on your guys, long time no update! Of course, you already know that. Take care, Holly

Jim and Jess said...

You guys still here???

KSK said...

This is Suzanne K. I got your blog off Ash Brandts. Steph how are you? Your little family is so cute. I love all your pictures. Your little girl is so adorable. I am glad to hear you guys are getting some sleep, and I am sure it has improved even more now. My little girl is almost 11 months. CRAZY! We will all have to get together sometime and go to lunch or playgroup or something. Talk to you later.