November 30, 2012
Sleep Training Worked! Sort Of! Sleeping Through the Night for the First Time.
So! At nine and a half months old, on November 27, 2012, Jackson slept through the night for the first time ever!! Wait, that didn't have the flair that I want.
He went to bed at 6:15 and didn't make a peep until 5:15 in the morning. It was nothing short of amazing.
This kid slept 11 straight hours last night!!
I finally picked up a copy of Dr. Ferber's book, Solve Your Child's Sleep Problems. I was hesitant about Ferber at first because of the misconception that his method meant a cold turkey cry-it-out even if that entailed listening to your baby cry for an hour or more. That is not the method at all. He offers a step by step plan based on your parenting approach and the nature of the sleep issue. In our case we stayed focused on nighttime sleeping (although naps here aren't always perfect, they aren't completely out of control either) and getting him to sleep is no issue because I nurse him, but he was waking up twice a night most of the time, and every couple of hours on a bad night. I was able to create a plan that still let me nurse him to sleep at bedtime but train him to fall asleep on his own when he wakes up in the middle of the night. I didn't even know that was possible. I guess babies are smart.
Saturday night we started and he woke up twice. It took almost an hour for him to fall back asleep the first time and about a half hour the second time. It's wasn't the most enjoyable night, but certainly not as bad as waking up every two hours.
Sunday night he woke up once and it took about a half hour for him to fall back asleep.
Monday night he woke up once and it took about 35 minutes to fall back asleep.
Tuesday night he slept through the night. 11 hours. He had some catching up to do.
Wednesday night he slept through the night for 10 hours. I was fist pumping thinking that we had DONE IT.
Thursday night, reality check. He woke up twice and it took about a half hour each time for him to fall back asleep.
He is completely weaned from the middle of the night feedings, which is good, so we'll see how it goes from here. I think it will take a full week of him sleeping through the night before I consider it a real thing.
Still. He did it! It can be done!! Now if only I could stop waking up every hour and a half listening for him. If babies can be sleep-trained, can mamas be crazy-trained?