The back of the book had charts where you can write down the sleep and awake periods. I decided to give it a try. I had no idea if Penny had a pattern or not, and I love filling out forms, so why not?
After a few days, I decided I needed a better way to see how she was sleeping. I have too much time on my hands, apparently, because I devised a beautiful Excel sheet with colors and all! On the left hand column I put times. Every hour from midnight to seven, and then every 15 minutes from there until ten at night, then every hour. I chose blue for night sleep, orange for awake time and purple for naps.
After charting for a week, I decided that I wanted to see how the pattern went for another week. Control group, you know? And what a surprise, it's the same!
I discovered that on a typical day, Penny takes four naps - morning, lunch, afternoon and evening. They occur roughly at the same time. She wakes up around 7:15 am (and as I write this, we're getting awfully close to waking time!), and she goes to bed around 7:30am. Her naps are on average 45 minutes.
Not only that, I wrote down the times she woke up at night. If you can see in this little photo, it's a lot. See how much I'm getting up with her? Bleh.
After my two week experiment, I'm feeling more confident about things. I realized that in all, she is getting the proper amount of sleep appropriate for her age. Still haven't figured out why she's waking up at night crying, but I have some suspicions and a doctor appointment this afternoon to confirm/deny. I do like the fact that now I have a rough schedule on the day. I know what to expect and I can schedule my day around her naps. Freedom!
Maybe I should chart my own sleep? ;)