Sleep – it’s the topic that dominated my blog for a couple of weeks and now? Now we don’t really even think about it. I nurse Matthew to sleep at bedtime and before each nap and then I put him down. Instead of worry about when he’ll wake up again, I move onto other things, fun things, MY things.
Sure, I always wonder when he’ll wake up, because he’s still not a 10-12 hour sleeper. But I don’t let it consume me like I used to. I used to sit up until midnight or 1:00 AM just KNOWING that he’d be up again soon (so why bother going to sleep?). I’m now going to bed around 11:00, and it’s wonderful!
We still have our struggles. Matthew used to get up any time between 6 and 7 (and that was perfect!), but now after a pretty rotten cold, he is getting up in the 5:00 hour and this morning, he was up at 4:20 (GASP!). I didn’t even try to get him to go back to sleep today – I just picked him up and brought him to our bed. Problem solved! I have hope and confidence that tomorrow will be back to normal – or close to it. In the old days, I’d be stressing about this ONE morning possibly wrecking everything. HA!
Naps are way better than they were. I’ve worked in story time before each nap and that seems to help. When he pushes the book away, I know he’s ready to settle in so that’s what we do. I’m transferring him to the crib after just 10-20 minutes now (if it’s up to 20 minutes, it’s because I’m reading blogs on my phone and am comfy with my baby) and he’ll usually sleep for at least another hour.
I just cannot believe that we went from the disaster we were living to this very predictable sleeping and napping schedule. We get two solid naps in each day and they’re usually 1-2 hours in length each. Matthew is also waking up from his naps so well. He woke up today and I didn’t even know it. I turned on the video monitor just to check on him because it had been almost 2 hours and there he was, sitting up in his crib, playing with his Boo and babbling to himself. No crying. No freak-out. He woke up happy and entertained himself. Now – if we could only get him to wake up in the mornings this way!
We are the furthest thing from being the poster children for the Ferber method or sleep training in general, but I’m pleased with what we’ve accomplished. I know that the crux of our problem was age and stage. We waited too long to start helping him sleep, and Matthew was able to stand up in the crib (but couldn’t get down) and protest for as long as his legs would hold him (and that was proven to be more than 70 minutes one night). Given the whole standing up issue – we should have helped him sleep earlier, or put it off until he could get himself back down. Oh, the lessons we learn!
The next baby will be introduced to sleep training starting at 4 months. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice? No – it isn’t going to happen!
The Many Ways That Matthew Gets His Sleep: