So, when Joe arrived for his 10 day visit over Christmas, we had a mission: get Daughter to sleep through the night.
All of our attempts had failed miserably so far. Daughter has a lot of stamina to cry. And Mom doesn't have so much stamina to take it. (And when I say stamina, I mean she can cry for four hours without batting an eye). My philosophy: give her a bottle already and let's get some sleep! Who cares about ear infections and baby-bottle cavities? I need some sleep!
Unfortunately, this philosophy was not really working out for us.
So, during Poxleitner-palooza, I picked Glenn & Loretta's brains about sleep-training. Their youngest, Morgan, is a fine upstanding citizen now (and founding member of the Phil Kaufman fan club), but he, too, was once a bad-sleepin' baby.
So, using the Poxleitner method of sleep training, we have gotten Andie down awakening once a night...sometimes sleeping through until 6:15am!
- I'd been diluting her formula at night so she'd get less calories at night and eat more in the daytime for several weeks.
- During sleep-training, Joe would go in and bounce her, pat her, rock her, sing to her--whatever it took to calm her down--and then put her back in her crib, sleepy but awake.
- We had a few nights where she cried for a few 90 minute stretches. Those were not so fun.
- Later in the week, I took a few turns of bouncing, etc.
- Five days later, she slept 12 hours in a row.
- Ten days later, she is sleeping 10 hours or more consistently.
My life is changed. I have hope. I have time to do laundry...and blog...and shower more regularly. I have even started exercising. It's a Christmas miracle.