Sometime in the first two weeks after Jacob was born, I was a little concerned with how much he was sleeping. I mean I know newborns sleep alot, but I didn’t think alot meant all.the.time…I was sure something was wrong. I remember saying to my mom, “Shouldn’t he be awake more? He sleeps ALL the time” My mom laughed and said “He’s fine…enjoy this time, it won’t last.” Sure enough as time went on, he woke up more and more to the world around him and I was feeling much better and more confident that nothing was wrong with him.
In fact, he was so alert and was only taking 30 minute naps! And he could only tolerate being awake for about 2 hours before he needed to sleep, so the days were a constant cycle of awake for 2 hours, sleep for 30 minutes, awake for 2 hours, sleep for 30 minutes…He was up, down, up, down, up, down all day long! Thankfully he was sleeping good at night, but I was getting a little frustrated with the 30 minute naps since I couldn’t get a single thing done during the day. I even asked my pediatrician about it and he asked how Jacob was sleeping at night, I told him he was sleeping great averaging anywhere from 10-12 hours. And he basically told me that babies this age need about 13-14 hours of sleep. So if he is sleeping 12 hours at night, then four 30 minute naps during the day is perfectly fine. I must have had a strange look on my face and since I didn’t say anything right away (I was still trying to process it in my head and quickly do the math), he must have realized that was not the answer I was looking for! And he casually said…“well, you can put him on an activity mat on the floor next to you while you take care of a few things.” Yeah right, like I am able to just leave him laying around, it’s way more fun to get down on the ground and play with him.
As time went on he would occasionally tease me with naps that were longer than 30 minutes, I would literally text Justin and say “Whoo Hooo he slept for 40 minutes!” That extra 10 minutes made a big difference. And there were times he would sleep for an hour and I didn’t know what to do with myself since I was sure he was going to wake up any minute during the last 30 minutes of that hour. I couldn’t get too involved in a project because I was sure he was going to wake up at any second. So on those rare occasions after the first 30 minutes, I would watch the monitor while working on my computer just waiting and expecting him to wake up. When he surprised me with an hour long nap, I would anticipate him taking an hour long nap at the same time the next day and would plan my day around it and plan things I wanted to get done during that time, and of course he would go back to his 30 minute catnap and throw everything off.
Now I am excited to say this past month he has taken more hour long naps than 30 minute ones! In fact he has been napping for up to two hours! That is HUGE around here. Occasionally, he will surprise me with a 30-45 minute one here and there, but I am starting to rely on at least an hour, anything more is an added plus.
He is such a good baby in so many ways…and one of those ways is that he will sleep on the go. He will sleep in the car, in my arms, in the stroller, no matter how loud the environment is, he will sleep when he needs it. It makes our life so much easier! I like to make sure he gets at least one good nap in his crib then I don’t mind if he naps on the go. We’ve finally reached a happy medium in the napping department!
Here is our 26 week old 🙂