Monday, October 24, 2005

Good feelings

Tonite I feel good about things. I'm keeping 4 charts on the baby....I say baby but let me remind you, she's a walking and occasionally talking 14 month old. I'm keeping a chart on her nightwaking, her naps, her prebedtime routine and what I'm feeding her. This may sound silly or riduculous to some but keeping track of things gives me a sense of calm. I like to keep track of everything, i'm weird that way. So even though she woke up 5 times last I felt more rested this morning because I knew what time, how long, how she fell back asleep and all kinds of things.

I got that book by Elizabeth Pantley, The No Cry Sleep Solution. It's not that I'm against crying, it just got the best reviews on Amazon and I've read a lot of good things about it. So far I've gotten as far as making the charts and coming up with a better bedtime routine and feeding her more and better during the day and before bed....I haven't gotten to the part of how to get her to sleep through the night or even how to get her to sleep, but I'm getting there. So for now, it's nursing or crying. Tonight I did a pretty good 35 minute, prebedtime routine and put her down at 8:00. She cried until 8:10 and has now been sleeping for 1hour and 11min...that's good for me!

Anyway, I'll get to the plan part of the book tomorrow if I can, but for now, I feel more organized regarding her whole day, sleep and eating and not so chaotic...that makes me feel a lot less stress.

Today she took a nap from 1210-230 and I slept from 105-230....MUCH NEEDED let me tell you, after these days of being sick and taking care of a household of sickies....THANK YOU JESUS!!!! It felt wonderful to sleep.

Well, I'm off to bed for another adventurous night. I'm gonna try sleeping in the same bed with my hubby again. Hooray. Between his nose blowing and coughing, and the baby's frequent wakings I wasn't getting any sleep so I've been on the couch or in my oldest daughter's room on the nights she isn't here. We'll see how it goes tonight.

It's gonna be a good night I think.

Buenas Noches
Hasta Mañana


holdenon said...

I read good things about the book "The No Cry Sleep Solution" also. I never had to get the book. I was very lucky that Holden just took to sleeping through the night once we took away the middle of the night feeding. I can speak from experience when I say that the bedtime routine is very important around our house. Good luck with getting more sleep! I have days when I am working and would love to take a nap! Sleep deprivation is something no one understands until they have experienced it!

Stephanie said...

Thanks for visiting my blog!

I hope this book works. My poor kid, one day I let her cry, the other I nurse her to sleep...she's so confused I need to do something. She slept through the night from about 1 1/2 months to 5 months perfectly, like Up everynight for the last 9 months. 3 1/2 hours at the longest stretch. I'm so tired!!!!!

Thanks for your encouragement!