Well, doctor lady can be proud of me for being consistent. If you didn’t know, we are currently working on sleep training. Who knew when entering the world of parenting that sleep is actually a learned skill and not something that babies miraculously start doing on their own. Ok, that sounds funny…yes, babies sleep, but the training part comes in with helping them fall asleep and here’s the kicker, STAYING asleep. That seems to have been the hurdle in our household. The Jman generally falls asleep with no problems. The “staying asleep” part is where we’ve had trouble.
But, for the past month(ish) I have found the plan that works for me and have been sticking to it. I’m happy to report that in the wee hours of the morning when he rises, I have stuck to my guns and he does NOT end up in our bed. The funny thing is, I feel that it actually may be working. All of the books and articles that I’ve read talk about when making a routine/switching a behavior, it can take seven to 10 days. I was thrilled with myself when I made it to the seven day mark! WOOOHOOOOO. But, he was still waking four times a night. So, doctor people, what’s the deal with that? Made it to the 10-day mark….still wasn’t seeing much of a difference.
However, I stayed strong and stuck to the plan. I must clarify that when I say he is waking four times a night, it isn’t a full on scream-fest. It is usually only for a maximum of 10 minutes…and that’s on the long end. When I go in, he’s usually sitting up and rubbing his little eyes. So, I find the binkie, lay him back down, paired with a couple of pats on the bum, and he’s out. But, that means that we are still getting interrupted sleep…even for that short time that he’s waking. And it needs to stop. Mama loves sleep and after a year (almost 13 months now), is ready!
Something happened over the past week though. It started on Tuesday. I rocked him until just about asleep and laid him in the crib. Out at 6:30 p.m. Then, I checked on him before we went to bed, repositioned him so he wasn’t so smooshed and covered him with a blanket. Next time I heard him was 4:30 a.m.! What was this????
Wednesday night, similar story. Asleep at the same time. Squawked at 8:30 p.m. and Husband got him settled. Heard him at 2 a.m., but he was just repositioning and wasn’t actually awake…then was up for the day at 5:30 a.m. TWO NIGHTS IN A ROW!!
Since then, we’ve had mostly good nights….some nights I’m still getting up once or twice but that is a HUGE improvement. And as I write this (Sunday morning), we had another 6:30 p.m. to 4:15 a.m. and he’s back to snoozing.
Maybe doctor lady was right….consistency is key.
Oh, and he finally said “Mama” yesterday. =)