25 Jul 2007 And does it ever feel GOOD to be back.
 |  Category: Cadence

We had a few issues that took our site off line for a bit and I’d be happy to get into them with you off the blog,but suffice to say, we’re back and I’m back and I have a thing or three to talk about.

1) For those of you with kids, I implore you to check out Hip Young Parents radio on Live365.com. We’ve been using it for Cadence overnight and I’m REALLY impressed by the vast library they have. So much children’s music is LAME, but this station is really cool and I’m enjoying myself listening to it too.

Live365.com is Internet streaming radio and it’s free, of course, with a few commercial interruptions (for under $4/month you can be a VIP subscriber and it will remove commercials). Great product and the registration time and $4/month is worth Hip Young Parent radio if you’re interested for your kids. Really

2) It turns out Cadence might be a schedule kid.

I kid you not.

I’ve spent plenty of time over the last ten months whining worrying about Cadence’s sleeping issues. They’ve been difficult to say the least. Tiny, truncated cat naps, nursing several times overnight at seven, eight and nine months. I was so dejected about how things had gone and it even had Eric wondering about whether or not contemplating a third child was a smart idea with Cadence draining both of us so much.

About a week ago, I threw in the towel and we marched off to Border’s to pick up a book intended to help us help Cadence to sleep. I sat down the book the first night and started reading. I realized very quickly that according to this author Cadence was likely missing 1.5 to 2 hours of naptime per day and probably 2 hours of sleep overnight. I figured that explained a thing or two about her constant clinginess here at home.

As I read through into the second section of the book, the author had a suggestion that you make sure to make a strong transition between daytime/awake activities and nighttime/sleepy activities. She quoted scientific studies about how artificial light at night negatively affects sleep length and quality and even spoke about how having a t.v. on in a child’s room can affect their sleep.

At that point in time, i dropped the book and gazed at the t.v. across from me. Naturally, with my sleeping issues, the t.v. had been on nearly every night since C was born and maybe JUST maybe the extra light and noise was affecting her sleep, so……I turned on the radio (see point 1 above), turned off the lights and voila, Cadence slept from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. nursed and went back to sleep until 6:30.

I wondered, could it have been the t.v. after all and we repated our successes with Cadence through more bedtime and nap time over the course of the week. This weekend, however, we spent less time concerned about making sure she got her naptimes and the result was last night Cadence hardly slept at all. She was up and down and miserable, nursing three times between 11 p.m. and 4 a.m. (which she should just be past by her age).

So, it would seem, for now, that Cadence’s scheduling needs are going to have to take a front seat for Eric and I. And that is something we typically avoid. Emily, it seems was much more fluid in her needs. Feed her and let her sleep. Cadence is more sensitive and we’re going to have to make sure that we cater to that.

I think if we can get her on a schedule of some sort, then we can work around it. Right now we’re a little bit all over the place, but I have hope that it will work itself out shortly.

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