Sleep so far

I’m pretty sure John Atlas is a normal baby. Most of his time is spent either sleeping, eating, or fussing. Still, it’s somewhat maddening as we constantly question the most appropriate behavior for every situation. The scenarios read like poorly designed logic word problems that have no solution:

It’s 7:00pm on Thursday and Johnathan has been awake for 2 hours. He looks tired, but if he goes to sleep he has a 50% chance of waking up right when his parents would like to go to sleep and then will likely to fuss all night. If he ate poorly at 6:30pm and hasn’t had a bath since Tuesday, will his parents be able to watch the new Game of Thrones episode on Sunday?

One frustrating part is that we have so few data points that trends haven’t yet developed. Here is his eating (red) and sleeping (blue) schedule since the pediatricians said we no longer had to wake him for feedings:


Please forgive the 30minute resolution here, I didn’t have the energy to go any deeper. In a general sense, it appears like he’s sleeping better at night with a couple long daytime naps; at best this is loosely accurate. Eh. It’ll come together eventually.

3 thoughts on “Sleep so far

  • 6/6/2016 at 10:03 am

    It’s basically impossible not to overthink things with a new baby! Like you have one day that just works out so great and you spend the next week trying to recreate it, but really you just got lucky on that day. I also found the general advice on nap schedules and sleeping, had you hoping way to soon that things would settle down. Like I personally feel most of the baby books and internet advice and even the handouts we got from our pediatrician are not based in reality. Normal infant behavior has huge amounts of variation and is not treated as normal but a vast swath of “experts”. Both our kids turned into great night sleepers and nappers, but it took a while. I assure you no matter how much or little your little guy is sleeping it is normal and at some point he will sleep all night and it will be glorious.

  • 6/9/2016 at 12:03 pm

    The answer to your word problem is: no, not for 18 years


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