As of late, she’s being a stinker about nap time too. I’ll get her to sleep within a matter of minutes but as soon as I transfer her from my arms to her crib she’s wide awake asking to be held. I desperately need that one hour of nap time too. Especially being in school… man oh man.
After she wouldn’t go down for a nap today, I just threw my hands up in the air and let her do her thing. And as to be expected, she wasn’t very happy about it. She was irrate to say the least. I went in and checked on her after 10 minutes, but it seemed that going in and checking on her just made things worse, so I decided to let her fight it out on her own. Guess what? She did NOT like that one bit. When we hit the one hour mark (yeah… one hour… I know…) she was blowing raspberries and singing here and there between cries and I thought maybe she was starting to soothe herself, but no such luck. I gave up after an hour and a half and felt completely defeated and just sad. I snuggled my girl up on the couch with her Winnie the Pooh blanket and her beloved stuffed animal, “Pop,” and just let her rest in the living room.
As I’m sure you can guess… no nap for my little miss makes for one crabby evening! Oy vay…
I guess I’m just wondering what worked for you? How did you teach your baby to soothe themselves to sleep? I got a wonderful e-mail last night from Tricia from Mama Marchand’s Musings explaining what she did with her daughter and I can’t even begin to tell you how much that e-mail meant to me. Thanks girl 🙂
I just feel horrible… we’re getting at this so late in the game. We’ve tried things before but only for a couple of nights and never really followed through. And look where that led us. I just feel like I’m at my wits end. I need my sleep and I need my time.
I want my daughter to learn how to soothe herself.
I want Alea to learn to fall asleep on her own.
I want my baby to sleep through the night.
and only I can teach her…