|A hard-fought victory won.|
Then one night a miracle happened. Our pediatrician suggested she eat something protein-heavy right before bed. So I gave her a jar of some pureed turkey-vegetable thing (yes, a jar. I can't make ALL of her food. What am I, a super-mom?) She ate the entire jar, a few scoops of yogurt, some of her puffy snacks and topped it off with an 8-oz bottle of milk. For the first time ever, at 11 months, L.E. slept 8 solid hours. But, of course, we were up all night waiting for her to wake up!
Since then, we've continued to power-feed her before bedtime. As she explores more foods throughout the day, like eating the school lunch at daycare, she's become easier to get down for bedtime. Last night she slept 10 straight hours. And so did we.
Naps are a completely different story. I don't think her daycare teachers are paid enough for how much she fights them during naptime. They have better luck with swaddling than I ever did (safe swaddling!) but she's still always the last one down and the first one up. I hope that as she gets more active, she tires herself out more. On the weekends, we usually just drive her around and she naps in her carseat. Hey, whatever works, right?