...I raved about Danica being a great sleeper?
Well, she still sleeps for 11 hours, eats, then sleeps for an hour or two more.
During those 11 hours, she wakes me up about a dozen times! Sometimes she's awake and sometimes she's kind of just whining in her sleep. Ahh! I've been going insane during the nights.
My nights have been basically no sleep at all.
Saturday night I got 4 hours of sleep total... 2 in the beginning of the night and 2 in the end.
Sunday night I woke up 18 times with her.
I've been advised 100 times to turn off the monitors and let her cry it out... a lot of those times by Tyler. But it's easier said than done to begin that. I do wish we started sooner, though, because Danica's very mobile now. When she's awake in her crib she moves a lot; going from the bottom of the crib to the top, to laying where her feet are supposed to be, to trying to roll onto her stomach and flopping back over. I think that keeps her up.
Yesterday, my friend Brittany and I were talking about it and she was told (when she was avoiding starting this with her daughter) that she's depriving her daughter the chance to learn how to soothe herself to sleep.
Gulp. Talk about feeling guilty!
Last night we decided to try the "Cry it out" Method.
If you want to hear how our night went... keep reading.
She woke up about 40 minutes after we put her down for the night (which has been pretty normal lately). She whined for 10ish minutes. Then the crying began! It took her about 25 minutes to fall asleep. Which is pretty nice, compared to what I've heard other moms had to deal with. (Dealing with the crying...for the most part... wasn't as hard as I thought it would be. There were some cries, though, that were SO sad.) She was asleep for 5 minutes and then started crying again. But that cry was only 2 minutes and then she slept. Until 3!
I couldn't believe it when I woke up and looked at the clock.
She woke up and whined for a while. From the hard crying to sound sleep was 15 minutes. I thought that this method was beginning to work! I checked on her and noticed her blanket was over her face and she was also laying horizontally in her crib, but I wasn't about to move her. Taking the blanket off her face though, woke her up. I then decided to feed her (at 4:30) since she was already awake. With a little crying, she was asleep by 5 and woke up for the day at 7:30.
She's in her second nap today and each time she has spent less than 10 minutes crying before she falls asleep. This makes me so happy! She's probably exhausted from last night, too, because of all the crying.
I've started to sing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star to her to add to her routine before naptime or bedtime, and I think that seems to help.
We noticed that when we tried the method of crying it out and would also go in every so often to calm and comfort her, it just made matters worse. I've heard it work for other moms, but Danica would just get more worked up when we wouldn't pick her up or when we'd walk out of the room. It was better when we didn't go in.
I know this method isn't for everyone, but it seems to be working for us.
Granted this is just the beginning of day 2, so we'll see.
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