Monday, August 17, 2009

August 17, 2009 - Date Night

On Saturday night, Kristoffer and I went out on our first date since Grace came along. The one thing we have really, really been itching to do without Grace is see "Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince". We are still having some childcare issues with Ida (long story short, we really just don't trust her with Grace) but Jean and Jen are still visiting us and were happy to give us a night out. No trust issues there.

The first challenge was that we were so tired and staying awake for a long movie that starts at 9pm (when we are usually asleep - no joke!) was not a given. But we persevered and went to the show after we did Grace's bedtime routine and she was asleep without needing to eat for several hours. Grace is still not sleeping through the night so we weren't exactly sure how it would go, but she had at least been doing one long stretch from 7ish to 12ish so we figured it was a good time to test to the waters. And test we did...

We loved the movie, despite how much was left out of the book, and when we got home at 11:40 Grace was still asleep and had not made a peep while we were gone. Even though it wasn't a date where we were talking to each other a lot, we really enjoyed getting out for a bit. The bad news out of all of this was that Grace woke up ten minutes after we got home and proceeded to have possibly the worst night of sleep in her life. She was inexplicably wide awake and screaming from 4 am to 7:30 am! Who does that?!

Needless to say the process of teaching Grace to sleep through the night is NOT an easy one and we are pretty exhausted, but last night she started taking the binky again after about a 5-week binky vacation and that lead to a much better night for everyone. Here's hoping tonight shows more progress as well.

Thank you to Jean and Jen!


1 comment:

Katherine Andersen said...

I'm glad you guys were able to get out! Sorry to hear about the sleep training. Brady has been going down that road over the past ~4 weeks. No more 10hr stretches, that's for sure. At best, he's at about 6-7hrs for a stretch these days. He wailed for an hour last night until I woke up at 1am and snuggled him - then put him to bed. He loves his daddy but pretty much insists that I'm the one who puts him to sleep when he wakes now. Fun :)