Ellie slept through the night at eight weeks.
Despite the fact that we were first time parents, I chalked that one up to amazing intrinsic parenting skills.
And then, she had heart surgery, and all bets were off.
Ellie has consistently been waking up at 5:00 am or earlier since August, 2011. We are tired. We've put her to bed earlier, later, with more routine, with less routine, worn out, protesting, happy, you name it.
The kid just doesn't seem to need as much sleep as any other human.
When she's sick or teething, it's even worse. When I'm sick, all I want to do is sleep. Not Ellie.
She had been grumpy and up all night for two nights. Last night, she went to bed at 8:30 am and started chatting at 4:40 am. The birds began to chirp and Ellie was ready to rock.
She woke up happy and ready to play. Fortunately, Matt took her downstairs and I stayed in bed until 6:45. So far today, under the supervision of her sleepy parents, Ellie has..
* Eaten cereal and consumed her milk
* Squeezed a squeezie (both to eat and to play with her food, making a mess)
* Watched her favorite episode of Signing Time, "Leah's Farm."
* Made art
* Lost her pants*
* Built with Legos
* Done a puzzle
* Played with her Vera Bradley bunny. (Thanks Aunt Terri. My kid is started early.)
* Played with farm toys
* Played with zoo toys
* Played with her giraffes on the farm. Yes, giraffes. Plural. She has many.
I read early on that often, children with Down syndrome require more sleep than their typical peers. And while Ellie has a much better ability to sleep anywhere in weird positions, her extra chromosome hasn't delivered the promised sleepiness.
At least she's cute.
Plus, we've had some summer-like weather, although the week ahead is supposed to be rainy and gross. We took advantage while we could.
* About those pants. At Ellie's latest evaluation, I was told "A two year old should be able to remove ALL of their clothes." Um, I'm cool with this particular delay. We are trying to keep her clothes ON.