Parents of newborns consistently tell us that the biggest challenge as far as sleep goes is getting them to sleep at night. Newborns need to sleep up to 18 hours a day, or so we are told, and that's about right for Aly. She will usually sleep for about 3 hours at a time, followed by about 30 minutes of awake time to get her diaper changed, eat, and settle back down to sleep. Every couple of cycles she will decide to stay up for an hour or so, and when she is up she likes either one of us to be up with her. Usually she prefers to be held but her bouncy chair will do as long as there is something going on around her.
The real problem for Rachel and I is when Aly decides to have one of these awake times in the middle of the night, so the past few nights we've been trying to get Aly to be awake for as long as possible before Rachel and I go to bed. Here is our attempt from last night: