Thursday, January 3, 2013

Sebby & Ophelia

When you have more than one kid, it's impossible not to compare them. With Ophelia being three months, it's hard to see too many differences and similarities but one of the biggest differences that we have noticed so far is their abilities to sleep.

Sebby wasn't a great sleeper as a baby. He had a very difficult time self soothing and didn't sleep through the night until well over a year old. For months he would wake up three or more times a night and want to nurse. Some nights he was awake every hour. Until Darren discovered he could sing him to sleep while in Italy last Easter (he was 16 months!), I was the only one who could get him to fall asleep at night. Thankfully, he learned to be a pretty good napper was great at sleeping in the carrier when we were out and about. (At 2 he still sleeps great in the carrier! He fell asleep this afternoon as soon as we left the house and slept for about an hour). Nighttime sleep, however, was a huge challenge.

Sebby napping in the pod on Darren's back in Cannes.

Ophelia has been totally different. She has been an amazing sleeper, a bad night for her is waking up twice. She often sleeps through the night until 5 or 6am!  Ophelia isn't really into nursing to sleep. If she's hungry, she wants to nurse and when she has had enough, she's done. When she is crying because she is tired, offering milk often makes her even more upset. She is a going to be amazing at self soothing once her coordination improves because she is a thumb sucker! She started putting her hand in her mouth a lot the first few days after she was born then seemed to forget about it for a few weeks. Again recently, she's gotten really into sucking her hands, fingers and thumb, whatever she can stick in her mouth. She sleeps alright in the carrier at naptime but can get quite fussy before falling asleep and wakes at sudden or loud noises.

Ophelia napping in the wrap at Giant's Causeway in Northern Ireland.

It will be interesting to see what other similarities and differences they will have as they grow older.

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