So Layla has a couple of new things going on. First, I finally scrapped the “dream feed,” where I would go feed her before I went to sleep. I would also change her diaper at that time, with the hopes that she wouldn’t wake up in the middle of the night due to a leak or hunger. I bought her some overnight diapers so she could go longer between changes at night and gave not feeding her a go. It worked instantly! She woke up at the same time in the morning and didn’t wake up in the middle of the night. I even wonder if she is sleeping a little bit better as a result of not being woken up after 3-4 hours of sleep, because every once in a while before she would wake up for a little bit in the middle of the night, and she’s not done that at all since I dropped the dream feed a week ago.
The other thing that has changed with her is she is going to day care a couple of days a week. We tried putting her in for a couple of full days, and since she isn’t taking a bottle that didn’t go very well since she was adjusting to a new place, new people, not getting her milk, and couldn’t seem to settle for her naps. So she is now going 2 days per week for about 3 hours. Since the day care center is so close, I am able to take her in after her morning nap and pick her up before her afternoon nap, and she doesn’t need any milk during that time. She still had a bit of trouble adjusting in the beginning, but every time I pick her up now it sounds as though she is doing better and better. I’m so glad I’m able to ease her into this, because I know soon enough she is going to have to go the whole day and I really think this “trial time” we’ve concocted will make that transition easier (for both of us, really).