Today is the day that we start sleep training for Abigail who is just over 7 months old. I thought we had a good sleep schedule, but I guess that was only for a matter of time.
She would wake up around 8 am, I would change her diaper, she would eat, play, then go down for her first nap around 10. Then we would repeat, and she would go down for her second nap around 2. She would wake up between 3 and 4. We would try to keep her up until about 8, then put her down for the night. She still woke up 2 or 3 times in the night, nursing for only a few minutes before going right back to sleep.
It worked for a while, but something must have changed.
The past week, Abby hasn't really been herself. She has been really clingy, abnormally fussy, and some days doesn't eat well. What happened?!
The past two nights have been the WORST. Tuesday night, she fell asleep a little early, which usually isn't a problem. We put her to bed around 6:30-7. Matthan and I didn't get to bed ourselves until around 10 because we were doing our work out.
As soon as we got into bed, Abby wakes up. It doesn't help that we share a room. We live in a one bedroom apartment. Per our usual nightly routine, I bring her in bed with us so she can nurse. (FYI, learning to nurse laying down is probably the BEST thing I learned how to do. It definitely made the night time feedings much easier!) She fell asleep soon after finishing, or so I thought.
I put her back in her crib and she snuggles in with her favorite blankie that my parents got her. I get back into bed, and that's when all begins. She starts crying again. When she does this, I usually pick her up, get in bed with her and lay her on my chest. She usually falls asleep soon after, but not tonight. She fusses and cries straight for the next few HOURS, until 2 in the freaking morning.
Finally, she falls asleep, snuggled into my side. I leave her there and try to get some sleep. Meanwhile, my wonderful husband is sleeping through most of this. Not 3 hours later, she is awake again. Matthan had to work at 5:30 am Wednesday morning, so he just got up and started his day. I was stuck with this crying fussy baby by myself, but what's new?
He leaves for work, and I try to get Abigail back to sleep. It wasn't easy, but within the next hour she fell back to sleep, taking over Matthan's side of the bed. She got up two hours later and that's when we started our day
Wednesday night was a doozy too. It wasn't as bad, but it was still not great. Abigail was awake and crying from about 9:30 to 11. Matthan kicked me out of the room and I slept on the couch last night while he tried to take care of our "bundle of joy". It wasn't until I woke up that I noticed I actually got to sleep in until almost 9, and the heater was out in the front room so I wouldn't get cold. So sweet, right?
Later that morning, he confessed that he didn't actually try to soothe our daughter, but he put her in her crib and went back to sleep. Seriously, how can he sleep through that?! Needless to say, it was still sweet that he thought to bring out the heater, and it was nice to sleep in.
Matthan came across a blog that talks about sleep training. You can find the specific blog posts here. When I first started reading it, I thought, "This is probably going to be like every other blog I've read - informative, but not really relatable." As I kept reading, everything clicked. Abigail was doing everything that Harlow, her 9 month old, was doing! EXACTLY. The fussiness, the clinginess, everything.
I couldn't believe it! Finally, something that could possibly help me! I read her posts for the next half hour. I couldn't stop. And a plus, her daughters are so freaking cute! I highly recommend that you go read her blog. She has a lot of great advice. We are going to try her method of sleep training and see how it goes.
We all got up around 9 am, I fed and changed Abby, and decided to go to breakfast. Everyone was happy and Matthan and I felt well rested, considering the circumstances. Abby starts to get sleepy around 10:30 so we head home. Once we get home, Abby starts getting fussy because she is tired. So, I put her in her crib and walk out. She starts crying (go figure) but it only lasts for about a half hour before she finally stops.
She didn't wake up until just before 2. That was a great nap! I pick her up, change her diaper, and feed her some lunch. We take a walk to go pick up my husband from work, which is just a half mile away. After a nice little walk, we got home and she started rubbing her eyes like she was tired! Seriously? She just woke up! Nevertheless, I put her down in her crib for a second nap. She cried for about 45 minutes before finally passing out. I eventually had to wake her up because we needed to go to the store after dropping my husband off at work. We get home from Target and I feed her dinner. She started getting sleepy again, so I changed her, nursed her and put her down around 6:50. She cried for a good hour before finally passing out.
Here's to hoping she will start sleeping better! Don't forget to check out that blog! I'll be posting periodically about how she is doing. For now, I think Matthan wants me to sleep on the couch to help my urge to pick her up every time she cries. This process would be a lot easier if Abigail had her own bedroom...