Sunday, September 09, 2007
Well, I feel I must fess up to those of you who read my blog and have heard me spout off in the past about our parenting practices around here. I come to you all humbly and ask that you not make your "I told you so"s too loud. We have just completed a week's worth of "Crying It Out". GASP! We went all-in, hard-core, naptime, bedtime cry it out. Samuel had gotten out of hand with his sleeping (or not sleeping) habits, and we felt it was time to finally lay down the law. Now, mind you, this was a big blow to my ego b/c I had bragged on my "DON'T let them cry it out" philosophy to many a mom. (I will say I am still not for crying it out at 10 days old - but that's a soap box I can't take up right now). So, last Friday I nursed Samuel, rocked him for a bit, told him I loved him, and then put him in his crib. He cried for about 45 minutes before falling asleep. It took him about 30 minutes for naptime on Saturday, Sunday was a disaster because of church and he cried for an entire 80 minutes for naptime (never slept), but then only cried about 20 minutes for bedtime. Monday was better (about 10 to 15 minutes) and by Tuesday night, he went to bed without crying! Praise the Lord! We had a good week like that - no crying, until this Friday that just passed. He didn't want to go down for his nap, so I thought, oh, I'll just rock him to sleep and then lay down with him. Well, he LOVED that, but then we were back to crying for 40 minutes at bedtime! Augh! I will say though that he went to bed tonight without crying at all. Hopefully I didn't mess him up too bad! One of the other reasons we went to cry it out was b/c Samuel was in the habit of waking up around 4:30 or 5:30 and wanting to be up. It's miserable. This is getting better, but he still wants to wake up at 5:30, 6:00, or 6:30. I am really hoping for 7:00 or 7:30. We put him to bed at 7:30pm. I'll keep you posted.
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