Hello all, katsdog's hubby here
We've had Ollie for two weeks as of today and he's turned into quite the character. Even when he's naughty it's hard to stay annoyed with him when he's as cute as he is. That being said, I'd really love to hear your thoughts on our current setup and schedule, with the main goal of getting a little more sleep at night!
Ollie currently lives on the main floor of our house, which contains a living room, dining room, and kitchen. We have a gate from the kitchen to the hallway, and his ex-pen is located in the living room area. We also have a wire crate in that room, but early attempts at the crates didn't go so well. Whenever we notice Ollie starting to doze off we lift him up and place him in his pen, in which he'll happily nap for a few hours in the morning and afternoon. Potty training has been going mostly well - a couple small accidents, but we try to get him outside frequently, and reward him with praise when he goes.
Nights are proving to be the sticky point. While we've had a couple nights where he slept from 11 - 5:30 without whimpering, most nights are like last night - up at 3am, then 6am, at which point he's determined to stay awake. I would normally be up around 6:30 myself, so if we could get him to stay until then I'd be a much happier dad.
Our feeding schedule hasn't been very fixed, which, from what I've been reading, could be part of our problem. His last meal last night was at 10pm, and he pooped when I took him out at 11. When he whimpered at 3am I saw that he had peed on his paper in his pen and was actually back in his bed, but he saw me so I thought I'd take him out just to be sure. Got him back to bed without much issue, but I find it hard to fall right back to sleep. When he woke at 6am I took him out and he did both jobs, with a follow up poop at 8:30am.
So, all that to say I'd really like a little feedback on our current arrangement and what you feel we should start to change to get our nights a little more organized. Thanks in advance, and sorry for the lengthy post!