July 9, 2014

Adventures in Bedtime Reading

One of the things we've started as a part of Monkey's sleep routine is reading at least two books before bedtime. Some nights Monkey is just plain tired and wants no part of bedtime reading. Sometimes Monkey seems to be more content with simply trying to eat the books. Have you ever read a book to a little one while their super baby grip made it exceedingly difficult to turn the pages or even see the words? 

If you have then you know that bedtime reading with a baby isn't ever picture perfect. 

But, if you're like me, you still enjoy reading to your little one. And, if you're like me, you hope that by making bedtime reading part of the nighttime routine your kid will fall fast asleep once you finish reading. 

A girl can dream, right? 

Last night was a late one for this mama. After sleeping exceedingly well during the day Monkey decided that his final bedtime would be at 12:30 a.m. When I say exceedingly well I mean two and a half hour naps where his normal nap time was 30-45 minutes. Both John and I knew deep down that all this sleeping during the day would equal less sleeping at night. Because, even though most baby resources will tell you that most babies sleep at least three hours during the day, my baby does not. He seems to power through the day on 30-45 minute naps like a champ. 

When he does finally fall asleep I'm more than happy to hold him for a little longer and look at his sleepy face. 

Not only is he especially cute, but it's a hard won victory, folks. 

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