To schedule, or not to schedule?

1 Apr

It is 6:49pm.  Hadassah is fast asleep.  Her bedtime has fallen usually between 6pm and 9:30pm.  She is most frequently asleep by 7:15.  So, Hadassah is in bed early tonight.  Hadassah is in bed early tonight?  I am now making this a question, because I really don’t know.  Technically, she is at the tail end of a nap.  Yes, a nap that is creeping dangerously close to her normal bedtime.  This is one of the few times in my motherhood that I am really debating if I should let her sleep or wake her.  A main motivation for waking her is that I know her diaper has to be very wet.  However, my go-with-the-flow mommy instincts tell me to relax and just let her sleep.

Here in our household we do adhere to a few different schedules with Hadassah.  It looks like this:

Awake around 7ish, play in crib till 7:30ish or 8ish.
Eat
Morning nap – 1-2 hours
Eat
Eat some more
Afternoon nap 1-2 hours
Eat
Eat some more
Bath
Eat
Bed

Today, her schedule looked like this:
Awake and out of bed at 7:15
Eat
Catnap in the moby
Catnap in the car
Catnap in the car #2
Catnap in the car #3, which turned in to a full evening nap

We are flexible, and I was pretty against schedules for babies up until a few months ago.  Even so, the schedules we have for Hadassah are based upon what she likes to do, and in the end what makes her feel happiest and most refreshed.

I’ve heard of different baby parenting methods like Babywise, and Cry it out.  I honestly have no idea what any baby books say.  I still have not read even one book about how to work with a baby.  Why consult an FAQ when there aren’t any questions?  I know that Hadassah is an extremely unique baby, and I will probably be running to those advice books for our next baby that comes, but I cannot blog anything except what is true and what I think right now in my life.  So, Hadassah is pretty much a dream baby, and we can go back to the age-old debate of is it nature, or is it nurture?  We will carry out our science experiment a little bit further when we have specimen – er, I mean baby – #2.

My biggest general baby advice for any mom who would ask me, is to first follow their instinct.  If they have trouble doing that or have tried and feel like it isn’t “working,” then consult the so-called book “experts.”

We shall see what the evening holds.

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2 Responses to “To schedule, or not to schedule?”

  1. excosmocos 1 April 2012 at 19:55 #

    Enjoyed reading your blog! Thanks for sharing. For the record there are quite a bit more than three posts=)

  2. hslagle 5 May 2012 at 21:22 #

    I liked how you posted about following your instinct. Children need to be comforted & to know you are there. I don’t know how someone could listen to a child crying and crying and not instinctually go to help. You are a good expert;-)

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