We had a HUGE breakthrough this week!
The sleep suit is gone and Logan is sleeping through the night!!!! VICTORY for the parents.
Like you’ve been reading for a few weeks now, I’ve been wanting to tackle both of these things for a while now, but didn’t want to put Logan through too much while teething. And then I was worried about all our traveling coming up and things not being “normal” so I was almost determined to just wait until November to start everything when all our travels were over.
Well, it’s funny how the world works.
Last week when Logan woke up his diaper had leaked in to the sleep suit [I need to start buying long-lasting night protection diapies]. So I stuck it in the wash. Then one of my friends came over with her little girl and we had playtime…totally forgot about the sleep suit. After they left I was nursing Logan in his room and noticed the sleep suit was missing. I thought it was weird at first, because it’s normally just laying in the crib. Then suddenly my eyes went huge and I realized where it was. SOAKING wet in the washing machine.
After Logan finished nursing I had a little talk with him and told him he was gonna be a big boy and sleep in his crib without is sleep suit. He laughed…and I knew this was not gonna be as fun as he was thinking.
I laid him down, walked out and said a prayer.
I ran to the bedroom and told Lucas what was happening. Of course, I’m making it out to be a huge deal…like no sleep suit was the end of the world. Lucas looked at me and asked if this was it. I shrugged my shoulders. I guess there’s no better time than the present, right?
After five minutes of him playing with his feet and flapping his arms up and down [freedom that he’s never felt at nap time] the crying started. Little tiny cries at first, then serious, shrieking cries. I implemented the sleep training method that Caitlin and Kath had both done. Wait 10 minutes, go in and rub the belly to soothe, and go back out. Continuing this until he falls asleep. Well, I did this for thirty minutes on nap #1 and he finally fell asleep. But only for 25 minutes. Kill me.
But he seemed fine. When I pulled him out of the crib he was happy and laughing. At Nap #2 we did the same thing. He knew the minute I put him in the crib what was happening and immediately started crying. It broke my heart to walk out. 45 minutes of crying and I decided that this nap wasn’t happening. Lucas came home a little later and I told him that I didn’t know if this was the right thing to do. We both decided though that even though it was hard, that it was time. He just needed to learn, that was all. So we stuck to the plan.
Late afternoon nap time came and same thing, crying from the beginning. This time I wanted to give him something to comfort him and have a little security, since I know that’s what the sleep suit was to him. So I gave him a little teddy bear and put a blanket over his legs. I was kind of hesitant to do this since he’s still so young and the fear of SIDS, but I kept an eye on him in the monitor and he was doing fine with them. His crying routine lasted for 20 minutes then he fell asleep. Only for 20 minutes though. He had napped a total of 45 minutes for the whole day. But surprisingly he was so happy and not very cranky at all. We went over to my parents for dinner that night and he loved playing and seeing everyone. But, by 6:45 his little eyelids were so red and he was just zoning out.
When we got him home I got his bottle ready, took him to his room, and in 5 minutes he was passed out in my arms. I wanted to just sit there and hold him all night, he was so precious. But I put him in his crib and he slept until 4 in the morning with no problems. He woke up, I fed him, and back asleep he went. The next day he had totally forgotten about his sleep suit and naps were back to normal! Thank gawd he’s a quick little learner.
The next night I decided that if we were going through all this crying it out stuff, that it would be better just to do everything at once. So now with his naps squared away we decided no more nighttime feedings. Logan has always been an eater. If he wakes up in the middle of the night, the only way I can get him back to sleep is to feed him. He throws a tantrum if you try to give him a paci or just rock him. So you can imagine how exhausting this is, after 6 months of 2 nightly wakings or more. And with him being so big now, there’s really no reason not for him to be sleeping through the night. [Our pediatrician wanted us to start letting him sleep through the night when he was 4 months old —- but I didn’t think he, or I, was ready for that].
He fell asleep that night around 7:30. And at 11 the whining started. I was already in bed, but Lucas was still awake. I was watching Logan on the monitor and Lucas came in for moral support. Logan cried, but not a needy cry, it was an attention cry, almost like he was shouting for me. Lucas rubbed my back and told me that he was ok, that he just needed to go back to sleep. We watched and waited and after 10 minutes he feel asleep. I was relieved. But five minutes later he was crying again. Oh man. We waited, and he went back to sleep, then cried, then back to sleep, then cried. This lasted for 30 minutes. But because he kept falling asleep we didn’t want to go in there. The recommendations of sleep training are to only go in if the crying last for 10 full minutes. If baby stops crying, then the clock starts over. Finally he was really asleep. Then at 2:30 the same process happened. And again at 4. I was exhausted, but I didn’t have to go in at all.
And, in the morning he was totally fine and happy. The next night he went to bed at 7 and slept until 5:30, cried for a few minutes, fell asleep until 7:30. And then the next night he didn’t wake up at all. A straight FULL night of sleep!!! First for him and for me since he was born! It was incredible!!!!!
We’ve had no sleep suit now for a week and sleeping through the night for 5 nights and things are incredible! His naps are actually lasting longer than they used to. He naps now for about 2 – 2 1/2 hours. Love it! He’ll wake up mid nap and play with his blankey for 10 minutes and then he just goes back to sleep. I love just watching him on the monitor snuggle with his blankey [I know that he’s gonna be a blanket boy…another thing we’ll have to break him of later]. The first day of each of these processes was rough, but now I am so glad that we did it, and stuck to it.
In other Logan news: Logan has realized that he has hair. He was rubbing his eyes the other day, reached up and found some fluffiness that he’s never felt before. So now when he gets tired he starts rubbing his hair…gotta stay up on all the new ques. Top gum is so swollen and inflamed, but no sign of teeth up there yet, and it doesn’t seem to be bothering him. Rolling from tummy to back is happening a little bit. Not tons, but there’s some progress. Hitting things is now a normal thing, if you put him in a play chair he likes to beat down on all the toys, if you read him a book he likes to slap the pages, if you carry him he likes to smack your shoulder [and sometimes face]. It’s not a bad hitting right now, it’s just him expressing himself…but definitely keeping an eye out so that it doesn’t turn in to a mean hit. Sucking his toes is also a new activity and he thinks it’s hilarious. This little man has also become very ticklish. If you tickle his sides or his belly he burst out in a loud, hard, cackling laugh.
Can’t get enough of him.
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