Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Update on last night!

The little guy finally soothed himself after an hour and 25 minutes. I was planning on going up at an hour and a half. So, that's progress!

HOWEVER, now he's waking up during the night again. Monday night he woke up at 12:00 and 4:00. Last night it was 1:00 and 5:00. This is not progress and is wearing me out!!!

Not sure if anyone else has tried this method or knows more about it, but if you do, please leave a comment or email me. Our doctor was kind enough to let us know that as parents we must make decisions that work for our family, but I would really like Eli to be able soothe himself to sleep AND to sleep through the night. I think I'll put in a call to the doc for more suggestions!

Thanks for the prayers!!!


Mary & Iain Burnett said...

For the past three nights, Callum has slept from 7:45-8 until 1 a.m. and then from 1:30-1:50 a.m. until 4:45-5. During the break, I breastfeed him. Although this isn't the sleep I'm used to from pre-baby days, it is still a little bit better than before. He has a bedtime routine from 7-8 of a bath, a book being read by one of us while he eats and then he is placed down in his bed awake but sleepy. He has both white noise from a machine and soft music playing. The white noise stays on but the music switches off. He normally cries when placed down. We keep the room very dark including during his late night feeding-only a nightlight then. It is working well for the most part, but I have noticed that his naps are becoming shorter during the day. I think it is worth it though for those 5 hours staight hours at night. Good luck!!!

Mary & Iain Burnett said...

I'm sure that this is really hard on you guys, especially since he was already sleeping so well! I never even thought about this kind of stuff when I was pregnant. Who knew it would be so hard? Take care of yourself!

Gina Witcher / Runnermom4 said...


I have to smile as I read your blog. We tried to follow a fairly strict routine with our first child, "Levi", but found with our next three children we did what we could to survive. With Levi we read him bedtime books and if that didn't put him to sleep we often held him until he went to sleep or I would nurse him in the process which usually wasn't long. Those times were so precious and we would not trade them for the world.

With every succeeding child we had less time to read and rock, and I often put them down crying b/c I had to to tend to the other 3. Poor Caelan, our youngest, has rarely gotten a bedtime story on his level b/c we are reading to the rest of them and trying to get them to bed.

With each child I got to where I broke all the rules to survive; nurse in bed, get up in the middle of the night, and feed them to stop crying so they wouldn't wake all the other kids up... So my advice is do what you can to get them to sleep through the night b/c that is what you will lost most of for the next 10 years especially if you have more kids. :-)

If they are waking up in the middle of the night after they have been sleeping through the night I would say it sounds like they may be hungry. So, there you go... my two cents worth. If you would like to ask me more please feel free to call. When you have four kids in 4 and 1/2 years you almost have seen and tried everything. 562-4426