Friday, December 02, 2005

Technically Speaking

We've been duped. We just found out that in the phrase "sleeping through the night," the term sleeping carries approximately the same significance as the term slumber in "slumber party." What a misnomer.

All the books and baby know-it-alls say that most babies start "sleeping through the night" between 7 and 9 weeks of age, so we were expecting soon to be putting her in her crib at night and not waking (or being woken) until approximately 8 hours later.

We've been a little disturbed, however, because even though Button is just about to be 7 weeks old, it is apparent that we're not going to get 8 hours of uninterrupted sleep any time soon, barring some miracle sleeping potion or coma. She still needs to eat every 2.5-3 hours during the night, and I can't imagine her suddenly being able to go a full 8 hours without food.

Found out last night that "sleeping through the night" doesn't actually count mid-night feedings...it just means that the kid usually sleeps during the night time when she's not eating.

Well she's been doing that for weeks. And here we were getting worried about her developmental progress.

Apparently we don't get the full 8 hours until sometime around a year or so. Bummer.

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