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Three steps forward, two steps back

standard February 7, 2008 3 responses

At three in the morning I felt like we were making no progress at all with Little L’s sleep habits. After all, it was three in the morning and I was up, so, clearly she’s not sleeping through the night. But this evening I realized that I’m wrong. Where two weeks ago she was up and playing sometimes well past 10 p.m., now she’s consistently asleep by 8 p.m.. Where last week she spent the first part of her night in the bouncy seat with one of us bouncing her constantly, now she’s going into her crib as soon as she’s asleep, and tonight even before she was completely out. It might not seem like much, but it’s definitely a step in the right direction.

We’re not all the way there though, she’s still up two or three times a night to eat and she still has trouble falling asleep on her own. When she wakes up in the dark she fusses and gets worked up and needs help going back down. She’s eating a full meal between 1 and 2 and again around 4 a.m., when I give up and pull her into bed with us so she can eat at will. I’m starting to realize that she might not sleep more between feeds until I wean her, and I have to decide what I want to do about that. Is nursing her more important than sleep? Is the daytime convenience worth the multiple wake-ups? I’m really not sure yet.

Right now I’m just going to enjoy the progress we are making before I see what else we are going to change. Discovering that Little L most likely has asthma has changed the game plan to a certain extent. I was keeping CIO in my back pocket, like a good luck charm, or a last card to play. Now that the card has been removed I’m not sure where to go next.

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  • Sun

    Yeah, progress! I think it’s always 3 steps fwd, 2 steps back kind of progress w/ babies…

    If it helps at all our pedi recommended Tracy Hogg’s Baby Whisperer book for the sleeping tips. (She thought some of the book was hokey,) but the sleep stuff really worked w/ A. We started super early w/ her and she never had to CIO for bedtime… that was reserved for naps b/c I didn’t follow the tips in the book from the get-go.

    The most helpful tips (although they seemed counter-intuitive to me) were the early enough bedtime, dream feed & the pre-emptive wake-up. A has been waking up 1-3x during the night for the last 6 weeks, and the other night, a pre-emptive rousing (not a full wake-up) allowed us to sleep through the night. If you want more details, let me know.

    And good luck! I can’t imagine going this long w/ only a few hrs sleep at a time!

  • Progress is a great thing. Here’s hoping she consistently gets better and you’re not taking too many backwards steps.

    I have no advice since I don’t know anything. But I wanted to wish you good luck!

  • I think progress can jump on you suddenly, one night at a time. Congrats on having some evening time to yourself! Maybe soon your little one will decide to give you a break and skip one of those nighttime feedings. Last night my pumpkin who is close in age to yours decided to sleep all the way until morning! He doesn’t do that much, so I totally thought something was wrong! I know enough not to expect that tonight though. 😐

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