I know it's been slowly happening at daycare but LM fell asleep tonight without being nursed to sleep AND when laid down awake. He talked to himself and then conked out....by 800.
I've been noticing all week that he's been getting sleepy around seven. One night he conked out on TH's lap. This is a new thing because normally he likes to eat at 7 and then play a bit, read, snuggle, eat again and go to sleep. But, this early sleep thing has come out of nowhere and several times he's conked out before he eats...so he wakes up an hour or so later to eat. Tonight, I told myself I'd make sure he ate first.
So, I made a bottle (so if he does wake up in not too long, I can nurse him...my supply isn't up to extra feeds anymore) and when he started rubbing his eyes around 7, I changed his pj's (he'd already spit up allllll over them) and fed him the bottle. After, he was sleepy but still awake enough that we snuggled and talked for a bit. Then, when he started burrowing, I put him down in his crib. He talked for a bit and then BAM...he was asleep. He's still asleep as I write this...so I think I'll reward this milestone with a glass of wine and paint my toenails.
I don't think this will be an every night occurrence...we're not there yet. But--it's a sign that we're moving towards better sleep habits and routines. And...I'm hoping that this leads to STTN....which by the way, he did last Thursday and Friday night AND last night. Maybe daycare slowly wears him out over the week.
Ooh and he's been napping at least an hour twice a day at daycare. Sometimes more. Yay sleep!
Hmm...I had more to say about sleep than I thought...who knew :-)