Operation Slumbertime : Update

A few of you may remember an earlier post on my blog; Operation Slumbertime”: my mission to change my adorable toddler from a “Night Owl”  into an “Early Bird”.

It’s been nearly 3 weeks (17 days, to be precise) since I wrote that post and I thought it’s about time I gave you all an update. So, here’s the Good News : Mission Accomplished!

After one false alarm early on, I wanted to be sure that V’s sleeping pattern had definitely changed before bragging (Yes, to me getting my two year old to sleep at night is something worth bragging) about it on this blog lest I end up jinxing it.

After a record 10 days of sleeping through the night, I guess it’s now safe to say that my baby is not a Vampire. Not quite and “Early Bird” as yet, but the timing suits me just fine.

We have finally been able to see some sunlight, and so have resumed our usual trips to the library and the toddler groups, weather permitting. Life couldn’t be  more perfect! Except…we have another big move coming up next month.

My Husband just told me yesterday that his assignment is nearing completion and so we will be returning to India in exactly a month’s time, after completing almost a year in UK. Which means, a different time zone and a whole new sleeping schedule. Help!!!

Anyway, I am glad I started the Sleep Journal, it has definitely been very helpful. I feel more confident about handling Jet Lag now, so definitely look forward to returning home and meeting family after almost a year.

I plan to write a detailed post on how we ended up getting V’s sleep cycle back on track, sometime later this month.

Today, I wanted to share a Bedtime chart designed for older school-going children.

Some of you may have already seen the chart, which was originally posted on Wilson Elementary School’s Facebook page. The chart, designed by a parent became viral within a few days of posting and has been shared over 400,000 times.

There are mixed reactions to the chart, with many parents opining that their kids would be up at 4 AM if they followed the recommended schedule.

After struggling with V’s sleep issues, I have come to the conclusion that not all kids sleep for 12 hours a day. So, the schedule would definitely have to be tweaked to suit the child’s temperament.

As for you fellow moms, have a look at the chart, and let me know in the comments if you think it would work for you.

Wilson Elementary school -Bedtime Chart

Update: Finally got around to creating the poll. Thank you Vikram for your helpful tip!

PS : I would love to include a poll, but am still figuring out how to do it. So, if you know how to add polls, please leave some advice in the comments. Thank you guys!

Image credit : Wilson Elementary 

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Operation Slumbertime

15099773683_f36735afc7_oIf you have been following my blog, you may have read about V’s erratic sleeping habits in my coffee update post.

Although I mentioned it only towards the end of the post, I would be lying if I said that it was the last thing on my mind when I wrote the post.

This sudden change in V’s sleeping pattern started sometime after his second birthday in early October. Thanks to Babycenter, I did expect a few changes in his sleep pattern. However, I foolishly assumed it to mean that V would simply skip one of his morning naps. I couldn’t have been more mistaken. In V’s case, there was hardly any change in his daytime nap. Instead, he starting sleeping less at night. He would sleep for two to three hours post his usual bedtime at night and then wake up refreshed and stay awake till  5 or 6 Am in the morning (today he was awake from 2:30 AM to 8:00 AM). He would then sleep for about 6 to 7 hours at a stretch and wake up only in the afternoon. Obviously, the system was wrong.

At first I thought it could be because of lots of unspent physical energy and tried to increase the amount of physical activity that I usually try to include in V’s daily routine. However, I found it increasingly difficult to include outdoor activities after the end of daylight saving, and the onset of autumn (or is it winter already?). Instead, I tried to include as many indoor activities as I could think of such as dancing, jumping and running around the house. Still, it didn’t work and so my poor hubby was left with no choice but to deal with my sleep deprived alter ego; waiting to snap, snarl and bite.

Sleep

So, after going through various stages of whining, ranting, crying, guilt, self-pity, frustration, anger and then trying to make a change and failing miserably, I was back to Square One. Tired of cribbing about the same thing to anybody who would bother to talk to me, I have finally come to the conclusion that this task needs to be tackled in a bit more organised and planned manner.

And That, my friends is how Operation Slumbertime came into being.

Here is what I plan to do:

Step 1 :

Try and create a sleep journal (akin to a diet journal), to log in the number of hours that V sleeps during the day and if there is a pattern to it. Hopefully, it helps in identifying the problem. *Fingers crossed*

Depending on the results of Step 1, will post updates on the steps that follow.

Photo credit:
  1. Image 1: Flickr.com
  2. Image 2: Quotesgram.com

 

A Mother’s CheckList (Writing 101 – Daily Challenge #2)

Have you ever locked yourself out of the house only because you forgot to take your keys  with you just before closing the door (assuming you have a self latching door, as is the  norm these days)?

Have you ever done your grocery shopping for the week and realised that you have left  your wallet behind only after reaching the till?

Have you ever driven half way across town to pick up clothes from your favourite Dry  Cleaner’s only to realise that you left the receipt back home?

Or Maybe you are the “Smart One” who always keeps ticking off a Check-List mentally as  you leave the house to ensure you haven’t forgotten anything important. Mobile? Check!  Wallet? Check! Keys? Check!

Most of us know about Murphy’s Law (some better than the others 😉 ) and how it is  bound to rain on the day you forget to take your Umbrella.

Now, imagine you are the mother of a toddler! The probability of each of the above  scenarios happening to you has just become 10 times higher.

That’s why having a check-list becomes a necessity.

Here is a sneak peak of the list of items on my Check-List.

Note: Some of these items may not be required on a regular basis and hence skipped  occasionally. I am trying to keep the list exhaustive.

  1. Extra Diapers
  2. Wet Wipes
  3. Diaper Changing Mat
  4. Hand Sanitizer
  5. Extra set of Baby Clothes
  6. Snacks
  7. Water Bottle/Sipper
  8. Feeding Bottle / Feeding Cover
  9. Child’s favourite Toy/Book/ Busy Bag
  10. Lots of small Plastic Bags (can be used for diaper litter/ to store wet & soiled clothes/  to contain all the waste till you get to a dustbin) (You can save space in your bag by  folding plastic bags into compact triangles like this one here.)
  11. Muslin Cloth (in case your toddler is running a cold) / Dry Tissues
  12. A Folding Shopping Bag (Because we all know that a Mother has to make the  inevitable pit-stop at the Grocery shop for Milk and Bread, and nobody likes  to pay 5p for the plastic shopping bags)
  13. Wallet (Also check to make sure your credit card/cash is in the wallet)
  14. Mobile Phone
  15. Keys
  16. Umbrella/Raincoat (depending on the weather, but if you live anywhere in the UK,  you must be used to carrying it along everyday)
  17. Sunglasses (at least in Summer)
  18. Hat & Mittens

That’s all I seem to remember now. In case I have missed out anything else that you  like to carry along, please let me know in the comments. I would love to include them  to my purse/hand bag as well.

Also, out of curiosity I would like to know if somebody has ever forgotten their kid’s  shoes while going out for a walk (Or is it just me??).

Do share an incident where you have forgotten something like this and felt silly later.  We can all share a good laugh and learn from each others’ experiences.

Note: This post is in response to the prompt on Writing 101. Daily Challenge Day 2 –  “List”. You can read about it on my previous post here.