Sunday, March 27, 2011
Still Fighting the Sleep Demons..
Ya'll wanna know something CRAZY? I am still getting up with my little peeble pants every night 3-5 times a night. He is almost 8 months old. WHAT have I done to myself? All of my friends that tried to tell me to cry it out, are probably wagging their fingers right now, and rightfully so! I never thought they were wrong, I just knew I was weak. In my heart of hearts, I just thought eventually, when he got to moving around, he would be SO tired he would just need that sleep.
BUT, as time goes by, I am beginning to think that won't happen. For the 1st time I have encountered another mom who did this same thing I have done, and she told me that it does not ever resolve itself.. it just gets worse as they age. OH NO! Worse?! and CB reminded me that soon he will be able to call and scream MAMMA from his crib !! Yikers!
So ... I am really trying to make myself come up with a plan and follow it, which is super hard for me because I am flaky! for realz. I just can not STAND making plans in advance and sticking to routines and all of that. I also can not stand to hear him cry! I would even put him in the bed with us at this point, but he does not sleep well in bed with us, plus that is special time for my dog children when they can have our undivided attention.
So... I am starting tonight since bubs does not have to work tomorrow and I am going to go in the room when he cries, and only pat him , not pick him up and NOT boob him to sleep. I shall increase the interval between times I go in each time and hopefully he will get tired of this game and just start sleeping through the night, and if he loves his momma, he will learn this all very fast before his overnight adventure with Bebe and PawPaw!!
I will keep ya'll posted! But for all you other mommas who have not gotten to this stage, I hope you learn from my mistakes. Practice your cry it out before they get this old! I think 4 months is a good age.
We have done CIO 2 nights in a row now, in stages. I let him cry when I initially put him to bed and if he wakes up before midnight I let him CIO. After Midnight I will go in and snuggle him then in a few days I will not go in there unless its after 2 am etc till he sleeps through the night. Night 1 he made some CRAZY dragon calling noises but went to bed in about 20 minutes. He did not wake up again until 2:30 am and only twice did I have to go in there. ( normally anywhere from 3-5 times)
Night 2, he really showed out when I was putting him to bed and it took about 20 minutes for him to go to sleep. He only woke up once, at 4:30 am and I went in there. I was SO proud of him for only waking up once!! So he may be learning faster than anticipated.
Also should say that he naps MUCH better on these days than he did previously! Hope it continues to go this well!