5 months & 5 days- a sleeping turning point

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

In my last post I mentioned how sleeping had regressed...BIG TIME!  For most of his life he would wake up to feed at 1am & 4am and get up for good around 6ish.  But that went down the tubes right around 4 months.  Maybe it was the cold to blame that stayed around for 2 weeks, or the 4 month wakeful, or teething...I don't know.  But finally last week (about 5 weeks in) I had enough. It was getting worse and worse and every night became "the worst night ever"...until last Thursday when it was literally THE WORST NIGHT EVER!!!  I saw the clock on every hour between 7pm and 5am (when he was up for the day.)  Oh- and there were definitely days in there when he would nap a total of 1 hour per day or less.

<-----------mommy going crazy

You know I've read so much about sleeping...this book, that book, websites, blogs..everything and nothing worked.  So I called the pediatrician and made an appointment.  

At the appointment we told her everything.  And do you know what she said to me?

"Oh momma, your next baby will be so easy." 

 What!?!  You know it's bad when your doctor tells you that!  (see 5 month post, my mother-in-law told me the exact same thing!)  

She checked him out and he's healthy as can be (17lb 12oz).  But we decided to take him off of Prilosec, start on solid food and set some sleep rules (aka let him cry, a little (up to an hour)...not cry it out!)  I had finally reached the point where I was prepared for some crying, anything to get him (and me) to sleep.  

So that night we gave him some rice cereal before bed...
Rice cereal...mmmmm (sort of!)
Then tucked him into his crib (no more Nap Nanny) with one arm swaddled....and held our breath.  He woke up at 10:30, cried for 10 minutes and put himself back to sleep.  Then he woke up at 11:30- same thing.  At 1:30 he woke up and I fed him and put him back down...and he cried....and cried...and cried.  But finally went to sleep.  I fed him at 5:30 and he woke up for the day at 6:50.  We were sooooo pleasantly surprised (remember the hourly wake ups the night before?!?).

Every night since that night (Friday October 12th) has gotten better and better.  Last night he slept from 7:30pm-3:20am, 4:30am-6:45am, 7:10am-8:10am!  

It's amazing how happy and well-rested our whole family has been these last few mornings!
Pumpkin bread & muffins in the oven at 8am!
So is it the Prilosec? the food? the crying/sleep training?  Who knows!  But we're gonna keep doing what we're doing!

Just a side note, we're definitely still working on naps...that hasn't gone as seamlessly.  The last few days most of his napping has occurred in the car, with me sipping on Starbucks and playing on my iPhone, cleaning out my wallet...etc.  The attempts at crying in his crib during naptime have pretty much failed...aka he just cries for an hour and then when we get in the car to go anywhere he takes his nap.    

But right now as I'm typing away sweet baby Carter is snoozing away in his crib with his one arm around his lovey!  What a wonderful sight!

3 comments:

  1. YAY for sleeping babies - such great news! You know what else? There always has to be a balance - there's somewhere else that he'll be a super easy kid for you in some manner. He just has to;)So so glad you commented the other day and I can follow along now, thank you:)

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  2. No more nap nanny? Carter and New Momma you're making such big strides! Yay!

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  3. Thanks Lillian!! A super easy stage would be wonderful...maybe around 3 years old?!??! ha!

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