Friday, February 4, 2011

Separation Anxiety

We are trying to get Rylyn used to the idea of sleeping in her crib at night. So far she has only been using it for naps. In the evenings, she has been sleeping in a playpen-bassinet next to our bed. We are starting to put her down for her first stretch of evening sleep in the crib and then moving her to the bassinet after her first twilight feed.

The past two nights she has cried for 5 minutes and then slept for 4.5 hours before waking for her first twilight feed. I was a little worried I wouldn't hear her after having her right next to me for most of the night. I slept lighter than usual, but woke not to crying but to pre-hungry gurgles both nights. I think I will sleep sounder now that I know I will wake up...I could sleep through a hurricane, I swear.

What spurred on the change in sleeping arrangement was some extremely cold nights. Our bedroom is the coldest room in the house and on those winter nights hitting -15 degrees Celsius, Rylyn was waking up more. Her room is warmer and the first stretch of sleep there allows her body to acclimate to the cooler upstairs temperature in a more gradual way. That way we don't have to do a bedtime routine twice...she usually starts to doze downstairs, but then was waking up in the cooler temperatures in our room rather than falling asleep.

I think we will try the nomadic sleeping arrangement for a while. It keeps Rylyn's body temperature more regulated, gets her used to sleeping in the crib and still allows for the ease of nighttime nursing and morning cuddles in our bed.

As for the separation anxiety...I think it is more me that has to get used to her sleeping a hallway away than her.

Bible Reflections

Romans 8

37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

-Time and space need not separate us from the love of one another. We can show love through our use of time and space, but it need not separate us. Even better, it cannot separate us from the love of God.

1 comment:

  1. What an awesome idea! It is a long distance to visit and with the cold I've had all 2011, it's been impossible. Watching you grow up was phenomenal but this is a whole new experience. thanks for sharing this with your family and with friends, and those who just need to know what it's like. And, as for the religious content, you and Chris and Rylyn are all a blessing to the family. What a great Christmas gift you gave us all! The Gift of Life and Love!