Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A Whole New Routine: Thanks Daylight Savings :/

I have absolutely no complaints about Dylan in the sleep department. We were blessed with a 12 hour-sleeper and we also get a 2 hour nap to boot. Back in the old days, before DST, Dylan's 12 hours started at 6:30 pm. I know it's kind of early, but it was also pretty awesome.

Old routine:
I get home at 4:00. I take Dylan and Stella to the park. Dylan eats dinner around 5. Then bath, stories, and bed with scattered playtime in between. Many nights Mr. GG was home early enough to do bath-time, so I'd put Dylan to bed while he put dinner together and we'd eat after Dylan was asleep.

Mr. GG does mornings and is generally a morning person so 6:30 worked well for us and he got quality time with Dylan before the nanny came at 8.

I figured I'd just do everything an hour later and it would be fine. I definitely didn't want to do anything to screw up good sleep! was harder than I expected to add an extra hour into the evening. I just naturally started trying to put him down around 6. AND THAT DID NOT WORK. Cue 3 nights of frustration on everyone's part as we learned how to turn dinner into family dinner (which is hard when I don't cook...still working on this).

New routine:
I like the fact that I have extra time with Dylan between getting home and dinner because we have a lot more flexibility. We can go get dinner somewhere, go to Target, go to a farther away park...the options are endless. And I like eating dinner as a family. But Dylan never got into the "hour later which really is the same time as before" routine and now he goes to bed at 8. Don't get me wrong, this is not a problem and I love having more time with him. It's just an adjustment. My evening look different than before and I just don't roll with transitions as easy as I used to! Mr. GG and I are pretty much in bed before or right at 10 anyway.

I know this parenting thing will continue to be a series of adjustments. I was just surprised that I seemed to have a harder time with it than Dylan did. (Although he did completely nap strike 2 days last week (with the nanny). Freaked me out! But we're back to the usual.

How did Daylight Savings affect you and/or your lo?

(I need to take more sleeping pictures of Dylan! But here's a bath pic.)



  1. We actually didn't have much fact he slept in until 8:15 which was crazy. We tried to keep his same schedule but ended up keeping him up until 7:15 and then doing our bedtime routine. Usually we start at 6:45 and we're downstairs by 7:15. We're almost at one nap a day...he's not quite ready but that's what they do at daycare so I don't really have much of a choice.

    I too have been blessed by a great sleeper and I'm SOOOO happy!

    I'm sorry to hear about your friend's loss as well. So terrible.

  2. Jack got his first cold during the week we switched to DST, and our routine went haywire. He, too, is a 12 hour sleeper and was usually down for the night at 7 or 7:30 -- awesome! First, getting sick, he woke up once or twice a night for several days. Then, DST, he started falling asleep around 8:30 or even 9. I tried to move bedtime slowly to 7:30 again, and he woke up around 4 AM, took a bottle (we're trying to bottle wean too, not fun), and fell back asleep until after 9 AM. FOR SEVERAL DAYS. This is actually the first day of normal sleep in a few weeks (watch, I jinxed it). But -- much as I treasure my time at home with him, and I do -- I loved putting him to bed at 7 and having adult time in the evening. 8:30 is not cool.

  3. No daylight savings in AZ, thank goodness! Shew, I wouldn't even know where to start. I'm dreading our summer travel to the east coast with the twins. Sounds like you're working it out!

  4. Oh my goodness! That sweet face. He is getting so big.