Sleep training – Night # who the hell knows?

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┬áno problems. The “staying asleep” part is where we’ve had trouble.

morning nap time
morning nap time

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???? Continue reading “Sleep training – Night # who the hell knows?”

I broke myself.

I don’t know what I did…but I have managed to hurt my back. So bad that I can’t stand up straight or carry/lift J. Not good.

I know, I know….go to the doctor. But in my opinion, what are they going to tell me? Combo of heat/ice, ibuprofen and rest. Ok, thanks. Got it, check.

Normally this would just be a minor inconvenience. I’m fine if I’m sitting…but does J like to site with Mama? NO. Does J sit with Daddy? Yup! No problem! J can handle sitting with me for about 0.02 seconds before he wants to get up, walk around, see the world and discover new things. For the non-broken me…sure, Iet’s walk for ages. But now poor Mr. Man has to settle for Daddy walking with him and if he can see me, it just results in an angry baby.

Hopefully this clears up sooner rather than later. Luckily the weekend is coming up so (maybe) I can get some rest.

This is how I feel:

My back feels like J weighs the same as a college student. Fact.

Any tips/tricks I can try to heal my back AND still have quality time with the little man?