Monday, March 29, 2010

Sleep Training - Night 1

Since Autumn has only slept through the night a couple of times since January, I've come to the conclusion that I need to "help" her again through the process. I wasn't really looking forward to this... I was able to watch a friend go through the same thing, with the help of my mom. But what mother can sit and watch their child crying? Ugh...

However... She did GREAT last night! Went to bed at 6:30pm. She woke up at 10:30pm and I was prepared to let her cry. Unfortunately (for me) an hour before it sounded like she pooped and she started to wiggle and cry like she was in pain. Earlier that day she pooped and it burned her lil bum :-( And I was not about to have her sit in that. So I picked her up to change her to only notice that it was just wet. Lil stinker :-P So I nursed her and she went back to sleep once again.

She then woke up at 1:30am, and I was not giving in this time. I patted her on her bum and told her it was "na-night" time. She wiggled like she was in pain again, but when I stopped, she stopped. So I just sat on the floor and listened to her for a while. She was letting out her "I'm so tired" cry, so it was a lot easier for me to sit through than her "I'm hungry" cry. She didn't last long and got really quiet. So I peaked on her through the corner of her breathable bumper and she was slightly tilting her head with her eyes open like "I know you're there!" :-) So I went upstairs for a while and talked with my mom. 15 minutes later I went back downstairs and she tried to cry a little bit more, but eventually fell back asleep! Ugh, success!!! I think I heard her peep once more a few hours later, but it didn't last long.

It is now almost 7am and she just woke up about 20 minutes ago! That is AMAZING!!! I honestly never thought that I would be able to get through this. It was something I was not looking forward to, but we both need our sleep ;-) Tonight I'm going to try to cut out the 10:30pm feeding. So we'll see how the rest of the night pans out after that.


  1. Stay strong mama!! I still give Henry 1 night feeding inbetween his 7-7 sleep time - but after a month of sleep training, he still doesn't go down without a fight! It ain't easy - but it makes life so much better!

  2. It will be okay! Its rough, Alex still wakes up from time to time when teething hard and I cant hear him just wail for about 5 minutes and then its silent again. Some times I notice that its at the 2 hour mark, so I think hes thinking "nap" time but then realizes its "bed" time. Good luck! Remain tough :) She won't starve, or hate you for it :)