......and its starting to be a problem.
Lucy's current caregivers (my dad, brother, and sister) tag team baby duty Monday through Friday, while Casey and I are off gallivanting 50 minutes west of F. Thrills.
From the very beginning, Casey and I have leaned towards the attachment parenting style. And we've followed the 7 B's to a T. The 7 B's, for those not hip to the AP lingo are Birth Bonding, Breastfeeding, Babywearing, Bedding close to Baby, Belief in the language value of Baby's cry, Beware of baby trainers, and Balance.
Being sans schedule falls under the "Beware of baby trainers" category. We have a nighttime ritual, but it doesn't commence at the same time every night. We look for Lulu's cues to figure out when she's tired and ready for bed. She recently started rubbing her eyes when she gets tired - which is adorable and a huge improvement from the spontaneous and inconsolable crying.
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But like I said, being without a schedule is starting to affect everyone. My dad/Fallon/Cole have to hold Lucy all day long or she gets fussy. I'm talking can't put her down for ten minutes fussy. And she's kinda heavy to be holding for ten hours straight. Just sayin'!
I guess utilizing the Attachment Parenting style is great, for those who get to be a stay at home mom...but for those that have to continue working, it makes childcare a little troublesome for your daycare providers. Back in the day, when I was on maternity leave, I was never able to accomplish a whole lot while Casey was at work (i.e.: showering, eating, using the bathroom....let alone anything truly productive - like laundry or cleaning). So to impose that kind of responsibility on not one, but three people's lives, is a pretty craptastic feeling.
I have no idea what a good schedule looks like or whats to be expected from a 5 month old; She's never been a very good napper. But her lousy sleeping habits and constant need to be held have to be remedied. I've done a little reading about infant sleep habits (which I shall post about later), but I'm trying to find some inspiration for a good, healthy schedule for Lulu (suggestions?). I'm hoping to be able to persuade my Dad/Cole/Fallon to try out babywearing and this new schedule, because I think it could make everyone's lives a little easier.
What's your baby's schedule like? Are any of you ladies following the Attachment Parenting style?