Steven and I talked it over and decided to at least set a first feeding time in the morning (at 8am) and a last feeding at night (at 11pm) and see how it goes. She's made it 6 hours quite a few times but they are always different times, so we're going to try to reign it in. For this effort we will need the workings of a pacifier. It is a great tool for scheduling. It can tide them over before eating. It can help them fall asleep.
I didn't like thinking about using the pacifier as a "sleep prop" . . . but I thought, if we can get her on a fairly predictable (yet flexible) schedule, then we can worry about getting rid of the pacifier later. It makes sense that if you eat at the same times everyday, after a week or two, you get hungry at the same times everyday. If you sleep at the same time everyday, after a week or two, you get sleepy at the same times everyday. If you wake up at the same time everyday, after a week or two, you start waking up on your own at the same times everyday.
So, now that I know about how much she eats in 24 hours and how much she sleeps in 24 hours, and around when those times are . . . we can kind of set up some times of our own and see if she will work with us. She very well may not!
Thanks for the pacifier posts! I needed the encouragement.