Letting my babies cry was never my strong point. When you have your first baby you read every thing you can get your hands on – this will make an expectant mom CRAZY! There are about a million different theories on everything from feedings to where your baby should sleep. When I was pregnant with Luke I thought that letting your baby cry themselves to sleep was a good idea. I understood in my head how beneficial that would be to him in the long run – what I didn’t know was how hard it would be for me to listen to. So when Luke came along and cried – I held him, every time! This was fine for a while when he was very small… but soon grew old when he hit about 8 or 9 months and started waking up in the night. If he would have just gone right back to sleep, that would have been fine too, but he took to staying up for 2 or 3 hours at a time. NOT COOL! I think we’ve finally worked thru that he is after all 3 years old! Not to say that he doesn’t still wake up in the night, cause sometimes he does, and he has been know to be up for hours on end, but now I check on him to be sure he’s ok and I go back to bed. Good for me right?!?!
Baby number two – Avery – I told David when she was born; we’re letting this baby cry! Nope, didn’t happen. I didn’t like hearing her cry any more than I did Luke. When Av woke in the night she would take a bottle and go right back to sleep with no crying until recently. So with the help of my wonderful (and more determined) husband we are letting Avery cry it out! Not to fun for any of us, but I do know that in the long run, it’ll be better. The first day we let her cry she cried for about an hour and 45 minutes. Since then she’s worked her way from an hour to thirty minutes to about 20 minutes today. We figure after about a week, she’ll be putting herself to sleep with little or no crying at all! That’ll be so nice! Thanks to Shannon also for the encouragement of the let them cry it out theory! I see how nicely it works for her and Julianna – boy do I want that too!
I’m also trying to do this to help out Nanny and Grandpoppy! Luke and Avery will get to spend a week with them in GA, and I know it would be a LOT more helpful to Nanny when putting both of them to bed, if Avery could put herself to sleep! Hopefully by the beginning of July she will have this skill mastered!
Next thing to work on… not crying when she’s not being held during the day so Mommy can get things done without going crazy! Anybody have any suggestions?!?!?!