It's all about routine

Buddy Boo is a great, easygoing baby. Much of that is because we've become accustomed to what makes him fussy and what keeps him happy. We like to try to stick with doing what makes him happy. :)

What makes him happy the most is what makes most babies happy: routine. His bedtime routine being the most important of all.

Most of our friends know by now not to call us between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. Why? Because that is the sacred nighttime routine time. If we venture off this routine in any way, a good night's sleep could be lost.

This is generally how it goes:
5:45 - 6:15 Nurse Buddy Boo while A gets dinner
6:15-6:30/6:45 Eat dinner and feed Boo rice cereal
6:45 - 7:15 Either give Boo bath and get him ready for bed or just get him ready for bed (change diaper/change clothes/dispense reflux meds/eczema treatment/turn on waves CD/turn on night light/etc)
7:15 - 7:45 Boo gets one last light snack (sometimes)/rock slightly/recite GHMILY book one, two or three times
7:45-8:00 Boo drifts off to sleep, we tiptoe out to have some wine

If we vary from this routine, if the phone rings, if damn political canvassers (sorry M & D) show up at our door during this time, we could very easily be doomed. We'll go out to eat with him once in a while during this time period, but as long as we follow the routine and start it before he gets sleepy, we're good to go. Now, we have ventured from this routine and survived the night quite well, but we'd rather not chance it. It took us a while to figure out what routine worked for Boo, so we're not going to throw away all that hard work (and crying-filled nights - both him and us) for minor reasons.

I can't imagine how this routine will be pushed even earlier as he gets older and starts to sleep earlier, but I imagine we'll go with the flow and adjust as needed. It's what we do. We're parents. Sometimes the phrase seems so foreign, as if it shouldn't describe us, but it does.

So odd how babies are just like most adults - we too often feel safe when we have routines. We take the same route to work each day. We get ready in the morning in the same order. We stop by the same coffee shop for our morning coffee before work. We workout at the same time of the day (well, those of you that do workout).

Routines help Buddy Boo feel safe, and thus happy. And we'll do everything we can to make sure he is both.


brainhell said...

I just got my almost-two-year-old to sleep about 15 minutes ago. She's a big girl, but she still feels like a baby.

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