This is so awesome!!
I think it’s hilarious.
Update: I got the book A friend suggested (Solving Your Child’s Sleep Problems by Dr. Ferber), and read it today. Not only is it interesting, it helped me figure out some things I can do differently to help Wesley. The best thing about it is that it’s non-judgy!
I think that him being sick for a while plus the holidays caused him to get used to me holding him in the night, and/or him making up for his lack of night sleep during the day. I am going to get him back on a normal schedule (no more morning nap marathon-damn!), and getting him up at 6:00 whether he is awake or not; that should help.
I also tried the progressive-waiting method he suggests (where you gradually extend the length of time you wait between going to check on him/reassure him). It took an hour, but he went to sleep on his own without me ever picking him up or doing anything until he fell asleep. (3 mins, then 5 mins, then 10 mins at a time until he fell asleep). I went in and talked to him softly for a minute, sang a quick lullaby, and walked out (even if he was still crying). It was much better than lying in bed and watching him scream on the monitor for an hour and a half. It worked!
Granted, this is only night 1, but I am hopeful! If this works, Wes might agree to baby # 3 in a couple years ;)
Wesley is 8 1/2 months and simply refuses to sleep through the night. In his entire life, he’s done it maybe 5 days total. He naps just fine. Not only that, but goes down without a fuss; no rocking or anything. He goes to bed at night the same way…easy. But then, he wakes either wakes up around 1:00, then 4:00, or just 3:00.
Crying it out doesn’t work on him. We did it in the past, but he cries for at least an hour at a time, which isn’t good for anyone. He’s been sick, so I’ve been cutting him some slack. I tried to let him CIO last night, and he cried for an hour and 15 mins. I finally went in there and held him, and it took him another 30 to calm down enough to fall asleep.
Standing by his bed and patting seems to make him angrier than just walking out. Do I just stop trying to get him to sleep all night? Vera figured it out so quickly we barely had to let her cry at all.
What worked for you? School is about to start again, and I’m exhausted!!