Sunday, December 18, 2011

Update of Sean sleeping

I have no clue what day we are on, I lost track, but I've had a few people asking me how things are going so I figured I would update everyone
So not much has changed...  Sean is still not sleeping through the night, but things are a little better!  The bedtime routine has worked wonders and Sean now falls asleep on his own (in his crib) usually within 5 minutes.  Of course he has his nights where he really fights he's sleep.  Just having him go to sleep on his own is wonderful, I use to dread bedtime.  Having to have the whole house quiet as I nursed and rocked him to sleep for an hour (only to have him wake up as soon as I put him in his crib) Some nights he sleeps better than others but He still wakes 3 to 4 times usually.  Some nights I'm able to get him back in his crib, others I'm out on the couch with him.  As much as this is a pain, I really don't have the energy to fight with him and try to break this habit.  I look at how fast Shay grew up and I know Sean won't be like this forever and it may come a time he doesn't want to have this snuggle time, so I'm trying to look on the positive side and enjoy this time.   Of course I would love for him to sleep through the night in his own crib, but I know this won't last forever and this too, shall pass :)

I am still working on getting a daytime routine in place, it;s hard right now because of the holidays and all the running around we have been doing, but my main goal this new year is to get a daytime routine in pace and stink to it.  

I promise to keep everyone updated if anything changes, I just stopped blogging because I didn't want to write the same thing over and over.  If you have any question feel free to ask, or leave any tips or advice below.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Night Seven & Eight (Sean's sleep routine)

I had a total brain fart last night and forgot to post a blog, sorry!

So night seven went awesome!  Sean fell asleep in 7 mins and slept for 7 hours.  I couldn't have asked for a better night.  Even though I would love for Sean to sleep longer, I will take whatever I can get!

Night eight didn't go as smooth as the last few days, but that's my fault. I had a dentist appointment at 6pm (I made the appointment weeks before starting the sleep training and couldn't reschedule) So because I didn't get home till 7:25pm we started 25 minutes late and he was over tried. We got Sean down at 7:55pm and He was asleep by 8:17pm. 

I have to say this sleeping training method is working great for us, but I hope everyone knows that I am not saying this is the "right" way to do this. The method is not for everyone or every child.  My best advice is to research, research, research!

Please know I have never or will ever push my beliefs on people, so please be kind as well and not push you beliefs on me.  I started this blog just to share our journey and reach out to other moms for support and advice and hopeful help someone along the way. 

Much ♥ 

Monday, December 5, 2011

Night 6 (Sean's sleep routine)

Last night was another bad night...  
Sean slept from 7:53pm to 10:23pm.  I was determine to get him back to sleep and back in his crib.  That was a  FAIL.  Every time I would put him in his crib he would wake up and start screaming (not crying, screaming bloody murder) To make this short I fought with him for hours and ended up losing the fight at 2am and sleeping with him on the couch.

From what I read in the book, after two weeks of sleep training he should start to sleep through the night!  I am hoping and praying this is true!

On the plus side Sean is falling asleep at night with ease!  Tonight he barely cried.  We put him in bed at 7:31pm and he was asleep by 7:39pm. I couldn't believe it! 
This momma is exhausted so I'm taking my butt to bed early tonight, even though I enjoy spending quality time with the hubster, tonight I'm going to spend quality time with my pillow!
Night Ya'll 

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Night Five (Sean's sleep routine)

The sleep training is going pretty good, every night Sean is going down a lot easier.  We are still waiting for him to sleep through the night or at least for a longer stretch.  Last night Sean slept from 7:24pm to 11:45pm.  I was unable to get him back in his crib so I slept with him on the couch once again.  I know it's a habit I need to break but it's so much easier to lay with him on the couch in the middle of the night was I'm so exhausted.

Sean was in such a great mood today and took his two naps.  Overall today was awesome, I LOVE the weekends!  Seems like he's always better when daddy's home.  We started his routine at 7pm and had him in bed by 7:40pm (ten minutes long then usually, but he nursed longer today) by 7:53pm he was asleep.  only 13 minutes of crying, That's a new record!! 

I'm hoping since he doing so well with his sleep training that sleeping through the night will start soon! 
I hope by write about of experience this is helping someone out there who is having similar issues. If you have any advice you would like to share with me or my readers please comment down below.
Thank you to everyone who has already done so :)
 ♥ Love ya guys ♥

Saturday, December 3, 2011

Night Four (Sean's sleep routine)

Last night went a little better.  Sean fell asleep in record time (7:45pm) he woke up three hours later at 10:48pm.  I was able to nurse him back to sleep and I put him back in his crib at 11:08pm (asleep).  At 2:30am he woke back up and I wasn't able to get him back in his crib, so I slept with him on the couch =/

Thankfully the weekend is here, so James got up with Sean and Shay at 7:00am and let me go back to bed.  I got up 8:45am and it felt so good to get that little bit of extra sleep.  Have to say Sean's mood was great today, he was a happy boy.  He still didn't want to nap, but I was able to get him down for one good nap today.

Since Sean only took one nap today, by 6:00pm he was ready for bed, since it was too early to start his bed time routine I tried to push it as long as I could by playing with him in his room.  By 6:25pm I could put it off anymore so we started, boobie, bath, books, then bed.  We put him in his crib at 6:57pm and by 7:24pm he was asleep.  He put up a little more of a fight today, but I think it's because he was over tried.  

Each day it is getting easier for me to put him in his crib and let him cry, I know it's slowly working.  I have faith that this is going to fix his sleep issues and he finally will learn to self sooth.  Still keep my fingers crossed that he sleeps through the night soon :)

Friday, December 2, 2011

Night Three (Sean's sleep routine)

Let me start off by saying how much last night SUCKED!!  If you read my blog post last night, Sean went to bed much quicker and i was thrilled. He was asleep by 8:13pm well at 9:40pm he woke back up.  I didn't know what to do since he had only slept for 1 1/2 hours....  I decided to pick him up and hold him and let him know everything was okay then i placed him back in his crib.  He was mad, he was screaming blood murder, by 10pm I decided to go get him and try to nurse him (but not to sleep) I put him back in bed by 10:10pm and again the screaming started.  By 11pm I couldn't do it anymore, so I picked him up and rocked him to sleep, it wasn't long and he was asleep.  I went to put him in his crib asleep at 11:10pm and he woke up instantly.  I decided to leave him there for a little bit to see if he could put himself to sleep... at 11:30pm I gave up and slept with him on the couch. He tossed and turned all night and we both had a horrible nights sleep.
This set the tone for the day...   Sean was cranky all day and refused to nap.  It felt like I fought him all day long to take a nap and finally he would fall asleep and in 20 minutes he was back up.  I was beyond frustrated!! I am an ex smoker (Smoked for 8 years and I have been smoke free for almost a year and half) I have done very well with not going back to smoking and I'm so proud of myself.  Today I almost broke down and bought a pack.... Thankfully I took a step back and realized that a cigarette isn't going to make Sean sleep, it's not going to solve the problem at hand, there for I don't need one.  Instead I took a few moment to gather myself and calm down, i knew at this point Sean was feeding off my negative energy and this wasn't good for either one of us.  I couldn't wait to hear from my husband that he was on the way home, today was such a rough day and knowing he was going to be home soon made me feel better.   Well James called 20 minutes later than he usually does and tells me he got a call (Figures he's on call the week I start sleep training) and he was headed back to work.  It's 8:15pm here and he still isn't home :(
I wasn't happy that I was going to have to do Sean's sleep routine by myself, but life has to go on.  I put a happy face on and started our routine at 7:00pm and end right at 7:30pm.  Again as soon as I put him in his crib he started to scream.  But this time it wasn't as hard as the last to nights.  I check on him after 5 minutes and to my surprise he wasn't standing up like he usually does.  By 7:45pm he stopped crying, I waited for 5 minutes before going in to make sure sure he was asleep and sure enough he was.  Only 15 minutes! That calls for a big WOOHOOO!! Now I guess we will have to see how he sleeps *Fingers crossed*

I want to thank everyone who has been kind enough to send me your experiences and support, you have no idea how much it means.  Reading your comments and messages today kept me going. I felt hopeless today but you guys changed that! It's nice to know I'm not alone with this issue. So thank you so much! Love you guys!!! XOXO!

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Night Two (Sean's sleep routine)

To my surprise, Sean slept from 9pm to 4am last night, a whole 7 hours!!! I can't tell you how wonderful it felt to have 6 hours of straight sleep (even though I woke up to my boobs killing, since I went 7 hours without feeding Sean) I honestly didn't think he would sleep so well on the the first night!  This has gave me a HUGE amount of hope that this is going to work. 
According to the book "Sleeping through the night" Night two is usually worse then night one.  So I wasn't looking forward to putting him down tonight.  We to decided to change his sleep routine to Boobie, Bath, Books, then Bed. I started this routine at 7pm and was finished at 7:30. Tonight went to pretty smooth until we put him in his crib.  The screaming began instantly.  It doesn't get easier letting him cry, my heart just breaks hearing him scream at the top of his lungs and not being able to pick him up.  Me and my husband (James) took turns checking on him like we did last night.  Each time we went in the room he was standing in his crib screaming, we would lay him back down and rub his tummy and tell him "it's okay sweetie, it's time for bed"  We wouldn't stay longer than 30 seconds.  We checked on him in different intervals: 3, 5, 8, 10 minutes.  After James checked on him at 9:10pm it wasn't even a full three minutes later Sean stopped crying and was asleep. The first night Sean screamed for an hour and half, so we were expecting the same amount of time or maybe longer. I couldn't believe it only took 43 minutes tonight, and I think from here on out it will take less and less time.  I look forward to seeing how long he sleeps tonight and can't wait to "hopefully" have another good nights sleep!