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1.13.2011

The Sleep Chronicles...there's more

I know the horse is dead but I just can't help giving it another beating. Wednesday morning Little Miss woke up at 1:30 and refused to go back to sleep. He spent the next hour rocking and sssshhhhhing her. After that I went in and fed her. She dozed off. I put her in the crib and did some more rocking and ssssshhhhing. I gave up and left her alone to cry. We listened to her cry for at least 30 minutes. At 4:30, I brought her to our bed and let her use me as a human pacifier. She slept until 8:30 AM.

Seriously considering co-sleeping now. Is this a bad move? We have regressed so far that she's practically in the womb! We have never had her in the bed with us all night. Now it seems like the only option for a half way decent night of sleep.

If we co-sleep will it be harder down the line to get her to sleep on her own? Will she miraculously just learn to sleep on her own? Is something keeping her awake? Too cold? Hunger? Is she getting enough sleep? How am I suppose to make that happen?

What are your baby sleep stories? Did it come together for your children? Did you go with a particular sleep training method? Share and I promise not to mention sleep for at least a week!

9 comments

Tricia Hersey said...

No matter what, it will be challenging to get babies to sleep on their own. At least, that is my experience. Its really the hardest challenge in baby/kid world. Once you get them sleeping on their own, then its the nap fight that you will have to battle. I preferred co-sleeping on the front end from birth till about 7-8 months cuz I didn't want to take the prozac pills the doctor prescribed since I felt like I was losing my mind from his colicky crying for hours. I actually enjoyed it when he was very lil cuz we had a King sized bed and he was in the middle and my boob was right there for when he needed it. I even changed his diaper in the bed. The bed was the island and I loved living there. There are no rules. Do what works for you and what keeps you sane. Co-sleeping will not hurt her and if you are getting sleep and she is sleeping and eating then, that is what is important. If you are sleep deprived, you will be an unhappy mama. Happy mama, happy baby, happy life. It all works together.

Camishar said...

I'm not ashamed, Ava still sleeps with us .. there it is :-) I don't rush my kids. when they are ready to sleep in their bed they will. Just know u will give up intimacy with your guy but if u two are creative enough to find ways to get it on around her then make it happen.

some people will a stroke if u tell them that your baby sleeps with you and u will get lip from them but u have to do what u have to do so that everyone in the house is getting enough rest.

U just have to be committed to the fight when it;s time to move her to her crib.

This month were moving the girls to their room with thier own big girl beds but I put $5.00 on it that each night they will find away back in there with us. I don't mind, deep down inside I like it :-) they're only little once. Once they get to 5 , 6 they're going to be over me :-)

Happy Sleep

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Christina said...

We never did cosleep with Izzy, because we always heard that it would be hard to get her out of our bed if we did. We tried it a few times, out of desperation for sleep, but Izzy actually slept worse in the bed with us. She would kick, and fuss, and she just didnt seem that thrilled, lol. Her crib is in our bedroom, so it was easily accesible for nursing at night, but I always put her back in her crib.
We were big time swaddling back then, which helped keep her asleep, and then at 6 months, we had to wean her off of the swaddle, because she was breaking out of it anyway. We did the ferber method at that point, but we never let her cry longer than 10 minutes. A few nights of that, and we started getting big stretches (5-6 hours) with 1 feeding at night.
THEN we discovered that she didn't sleep well with us sleeping in the room with her, so we starting moving her into the living room (into her empty pack n play) to sleep, and she started sleeping through at that point, from about 8pm-4am. She was looking for a bottle at the 4am feeding, and we eventually weaned her from that (which is about the same time that we completely stopped breastfeeding, she about 8-9 months old), and now she sleeps from about about 8 or 9pm to 7 or 8am.

Mama Violet said...

Thanks for sharing your stories. Last night she slept 5 hours straight (technically sleeping through the night). She woke at midnight and again at 2 AM. I just brought her into our bed to sleep. She smacked me in the face several times. Jabbed me in the gut a few times and breathed heavy because of a blocked nostril. That co-sleeping ain't gonna work! Sigh.

Mimi said...

Mine is 8 months and has never slept well. She catnaps and sleeps no longer than 3 hours at a time. I am considering the Ferber method because I am frazzled. I don't let her sleep with us because I don't get any rest for fear we will roll on her. Something has to give. Monday I plan on starting some type of sleep routine as she should definitely be sleeping through the night.

Mama Violet said...

@Mimi I'm reading Ferber and on day 2. She's gone past the 2 hour mark. I'm feeling optimistic!

complexity08 said...

I'm a co-sleeper...it started out because of his reflux and it turns out that i really like having him nearby...except when he sucker punches me in my sleep - then i wish he was far, far away, lol.

Mama Violet said...

@ complexity08 We did 2 nights of co-sleeping before going to Ferber. Too much wiggling and moving going on. I was smacked in the face several times.

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