What in the world were we thinking?!
After talking to Tricia and receiving some excellent advice, we decided to give it a try. Also during this process, I began to read Sleeping Through the Night: How Infants, Toddlers, and Their Parents Can Get a Good Night’s Sleep.
The first night was hard. Cory and I just didn’t know what to do. We knew that we were going in to comfort her and show her that we were there to tend to her needs every 5-10 minutes… but what if she didn’t fall asleep? Then what?
But, after a few nights our little miss began soothing herself and would only cry for a couple minutes and she did something beautiful– she’d fall asleep on her owm.
And she does the same for naps now too. She puts herself to sleep. Sure, she’ll stay up and play and gibber-jabber to herself for 30 minutes to an hour, but that’s still time I have to get things done and I’m not the one rocking and struggling to get her down. It’s INCREDIBLE!
She’s still waking up in the middle of the night every night, but I think that’s just become habit for her. She knows that when she wakes up, mama or dada will come in and get her and bring her into bed with us. We have mixed feelings about this. Yes, we love waking up to her cute little cherub face in the morning, but lets be real here… we have a full-size bed… there isn’t enough room for two people, let alone three!
But neither Cory nor I really have the energy at 2, 3, 4 o’clock in the morning to fight with her & coax her back to sleep. Any suggestions on this are very much welcome & appreciated. But until then, we’ll just be getting her up in the middle of the night as usual and snuggling her to sleep in between the two of us… because, well… we need our sleep!
As for now… I’m just thanking my lucky stars that my little girl is going to sleep like a big girl & we no longer dread bedtime each night! Now that my friends, is a beautiful thing!