All the Sun For You

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It’s Begun


Get ready for some serious sleep talk.

Out of frustration after Bryson only sleeping 2 hours before his first waking – I decided it’s time to sleep train him. The first waking went well with only 1 check after 3 minutes. He’s been sleeping 1.5 hours since then.

Call me crazy for doing this now given that we head to Colorado in 1.5 weeks, but it’s just time, you know? I was up 5 times last night between the two kids (twice for Matthew) and B was up 2 or 3 times with Bryson. That’s 8 wakings total, and 5-6 were for Bryson.

No – I’m done.

I recreated my old spreadsheet I used for Matthew (I can’t find his anywhere) and I’m armed and ready. The living room is setup for me to wait out the crying intervals. I won’t feed him before 1:00 and I’m only feeding him once. He hardly nurses as it is now, so he’ll be ok.

Here we go! Wish me luck!!

Author: Courtney

Hi, there, I’m Courtney. I never planned to stay home with my kids, but I got sucked into motherhood when my first baby came into our lives after years of infertility and multiple rounds of IVF. His brother followed closely behind, something we didn’t plan on after having such a rough road with achieving parenthood the first time around. My boys are IVF cycle twins, conceived on the same day but born two years and one day apart (they were both transferred on the same day in October, but with two years between them). My boys are the best of friends and my husband is a terrific husband, father, and most importantly… friend. He fully supported my desire to stay home (“I just wanted it to be your idea and not mine, I totally want you to stay home and raise our kids!”) and encourages me in everything I do. I am a lover of projects, spreadsheets, fitness, healthy cooking and eating, crafts, selling my stuff on FB (HA!), and the outdoors. If I’m active, I’m pretty darn happy!

14 thoughts on “It’s Begun

  1. Good luck! You (both) can do this!

  2. Good luck!!! I really hope this does it for him. You need sleep!!

  3. Ooh spreadsheet? You should share this 🙂

  4. It was a total shit show last night – 5 wakings. That is too fucking many. Sorry to swear, but it’s true. Matthew woke up once too, which means I was up 6 times in one night. The wakings weren’t that bad – lasting no longer than 25 minutes at a time and the times I didn’t feed him (I fed him twice, 4 hours apart), I only had to go soothe him once each time. The fifth time was just 45 minutes after going back down after eating, so I brought him to bed with us. He likes to get up at 5:30 for the day – I do not.

  5. Let’s do this together! I was going to ask if you could share your spreadsheet too? Sorry to hear last night was not a good start. 😦 Like I mentioned before, I am scared to do this with a toddler in the house, in the room right next to the baby’s, but it’s gotta happen. Drake is so random though. Like last night it took him about two hours to fall asleep – he kept fussing off and on – which is so unlike him. But then he was down until 4:00. Usually it’s the other way around, he goes down easily and then starts waking up around 1:00. I wonder if the randomness is going to make it harder on us to try and sleep train?

  6. I’m so dreading sleep issues – I’m going to try to do better from the beginning, but I think most of it really does depend on the kid…I hope tonight is better!

  7. I hate dealing with sleep issues too. Email me the spreadsheet too please. I’m not ready to start with Callen, he’s still too young, but I’m already thinking about the future. Question: since Bryson is breastfed, how do you know he’s ready to start sleeping longer stretches at night? I ask because Aiden was on formula, so I always knew how many ounces he had eaten and when. Breastfeeding is so different, we rarely give Callen a bottle so when he wakes up at night, I ALWAYS feed him b/c I assume he’s hungry. At what point do you know if they are waking b/c of habit or hunger? Wishing you all the best with the sleep training. Hope it’s quick and painless!

    • Our ped said by 6 months they dont “need” to eat during the night and to try and break them of the habit. We cut back to one maybe two feedings a night around 4.5 months when we moved D into his crib.

  8. GOOD LUCK!!!

  9. Noooooo!! This is not what I wanted to read!! I hate that you’re dealing with sleep struggles from both boys but I hope this fixes the problems. And fast!!!

  10. phew. so hard, mama! i really hope this works and works quickly. good luck!

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