We’ve got a sleeper! YAHOO. Sleep is so underrated. For the first time in over 5 months, I slept a full 8 hours last night and I feel like a human being again.
Sleep training works. It takes time and it’s not necessarily easy (though what part of parenting is?), but it truly WORKS.
This is how the past 4 days/nights have gone for anyone who is wondering
Madeleine was up at 7am, which is the time Leslie suggests in order for there to be some routine to Madeleine’s day. For 2 of the 3 naps she had this day, Madeleine didn’t cry at all when placed in her crib. For one of her naps, she cried for about 10 minutes and was restless, so I picked her up and burped her. She was then calm and let me place her in her crib without any crying.
I followed our night time routine which has become a really nice time of the day for me. I look forward to this time with Madeleine alone in the evening, because I feel that, by default, most of my time during the day is spent with Portia who is more active (and demanding!). Madeleine fell asleep instantly with no crying. She was up twice during the night. Once at 12:30pm, but I was able to calm her without nursing her and she fell back asleep. When she woke up at 4:30am, I nursed her and she was awake until almost 6am! It was a pretty rough early morning for me and I was feeling pretty exhausted when I was up again a couple of hours later. I was worried things were going wrong and I sent a semi-panicked email to Leslie, who guided me through what was probably going on and told me what I could do going forward.
We were out all day today at the beach. Madeleine probably didn’t have l0ng enough naps, but she did still have her 3 naps during the day, which is what we are shooting for. A mistake we have been making though, is that her 3rd nap is happening a little too late into the day. We’ve been putting her down at around 5pm for her third nap, and it should be closer to 3:30/4pm. That is what we are going to work on for the days to come.
Tonight was an exciting night! Madeleine only woke up ONCE and not until 4:15am !!! It’s amazing to see the progress. We went from an average of 4 wakings a night to 3 to 2 to 1! It feels so good knowing that Madeleine is getting quality sleep and it also feels so good to get some sleep myself!
Today, Madeleine had a great 2 hour nap in her crib for her second nap. Her first and third naps were on the go during the day, and not as long as they probably should have been, but it’s not easy for us to be home all day long with Portia in the mix! 😉
And then… A MIRACLE HAPPENED! Madeleine slept ALL night! 12 hours straight!! NO WAKINGS ALL NIGHT LONG!
Is this it? I am so curious to know if she’s just going to sleep all night every night now?! I don’t want to get my hopes up, but I’m also pretty optimistic, so I am going to go with… this is it! 😉
Thank you, thank you, thank you, Leslie. Mamas and papas out there… seriously, do yourselves a huge favour, and contact Leslie to help you get your baby’s sleep in check and get some sleep yourselves. It is 100% worth it to feel well-rested!