Sleep Training

I haven’t been posting as frequently as I had before…I know. Lately, my cousin and I have been getting more and more involved in projects, which has kept me busy on weekends and holidays. There won’t be any more activity on the project until probably May, so this will allow me to get back on track with Haruka.

Earlier, my wife had been complaining about how difficult Haruka had been in the afternoons. She doesn’t cry as much she use to, but she likes to scream, and just be loud. And after a while would get bored or tired of listening to herself scream ,and start to throw a tantrum. She said that this would go on for the majority of the afternoon or until about 6PM, when she is put down for a nap.

I told my wife a while back that Haruka probably wants to sleep, but the amount of activity and light in the living room makes it difficult to sleep. So I suggested putting her in her crib (since she had outgrown her cradle) and letting her sleep for about 30 minutes to an hour before or after feeding her. After weeks of repeating this suggestion to my wife, who’d stubbornly ignore me, she finally tried it.

At first, Haruka wasn’t use to being put down for a nap at 1 o’clock in the afternoon, so naturally she through a fit, but then she’d fall asleep after a few minutes. After a few days of this, Haruka learned that 1 o’clock is her nap time, and falls asleep with very little or no fuss.

However, this new nap time had its disadvantages and we’re still working out the bugs. Although this gave my wife freedom to do the things she couldn’t do before because she had to watch Haruka all of the time, this new sleep schedule disrupted her night time sleep causing her to wake up at 3AM again. This had happened 3 times in the last week. The first time was because instead of sleeping the normal 2 and a half hours during her evening nap, she slept nearly 4 hours. The second time was because she didn’t have much of an appetite, so I put her down after she drank only 3/4 of her normal amount of formula. The third time was an unknown, but my wife said that she was staring at the light of the webcam on her crib when she went to check on her. So maybe she just got distracted. After my wife covered up the camera light, she fell right to sleep.

Last night, I made absolutely sure that she got her formula. As a matter of fact, she drank a bit more than usual. this morning, she woke up at around 5:45 AM. A bit earlier than usual6:30 to 7AM, but a lot better than 3AM. So, we still need to find the sweet spot for this schedule to make sure that Haruka gets enough sleep and that my wife doesn’t get too stressed out during the day.

Webcam photo taken as Haruka napped this afternoon

Finally, some hair to tie a barrette around

Being distracted by the dogs

A smile

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