sleep training update

October 1, 2011

a few weeks ago, i wrote about not being willing to let josiah cry it out. it just didn’t seem the best plan at that time.

how quickly things change. lol.

i read (yet another) great book on infant sleep habits and i felt like the author literally was writing about me and us on several pages. it was just *such* a connect. so much resonated.

i took pieces of advice from various approaches, combined with my knowledge of my own baby, and created a plan. my primary goal is to extend the time between his nighttime feedings (he has been waking every 1-2 hours, all night). second, i want to remove myself as the “sleep prop” that he relies on to fall back asleep, usually via breastfeeding.

on tuesday of this week (today is friday) we implemented intentional, hardcore (torturous) sleep training. {i am holding to the reassurance from others (including all the “experts”) that say that this might just take a few days to establish new habits. yes, please!}

i am keeping a log. the first 2 nights were indescribably awful. the first night involved a period of over an hour where he cried almost nonstop. the second night was a lot less crying but so much awake time that around 4am, i reconciled that i need to think of this as having a graveyard shift at a job. during periods of crying, i did lesson-planning, emailing, cleaning, etc. might as well make the most of being wide awake all night. i felt like a complete zombie during the past 2 days (makes for fun homeschooling, ha).

lo and behold, last night (day 3) was SO MUCH BETTER!! he woke every 3 – 3 1/2 hours, fed, went back to sleep in his crib … almost like clockwork with very little crying. amazing! now i will be extending the time even further.

i am cautiously optimistic that there is light at the end of the tunnel …

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2 Responses to “sleep training update”

  1. liz Says:

    Oh I so hope he continues to do better. Not getting enough sleep is so rough for you!

  2. Leaves Heal Says:

    Mmmm:-) Sleep is good– for both of you. More power to you, Mama– you’re earning it!


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