Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Cry It Out?
As you know, Ledger has still not been able to sleep through the night. Not even close really. He typically wakes up about every 2 hours wanting to nurse. Although we had dabbled in the "sleep training" methods, nothing really worked for us. I decided that after the holidays, we would give the "cry it out" method a real concentrated effort. So Ledger was put to sleep at 8pm last night. He woke up crying about 8:20pm and Chris then held him to try to get him to sleep. By 9pm, Ledger still wasn't asleep, so I nursed him and he fell asleep. He slept from 9:15pm to 10:30pm. At that point, he woke up screaming. We tried to comfort him, but couldn't seem to calm him down. So I caved and nursed him again at 10:50. Again, he fell asleep and I laid him down in his crib at 11:15pm. As soon as he hit the crib, he woke up screaming. I tried patting his back and putting his pacifier in, but he wouldn't have any part of it. I told him that it was time for "night, night" and then closed the door to his bedroom. Chris and I stayed up to listen to him on the baby monitor. HE CRIED UNTIL 12:30am. At that point, I completely caved in. I picked him up out of bed and he immediately fell asleep in my arms. I rocked him for 15 minutes or so and then laid him down again. As soon as he hit the crib mattress, he started screaming. So I picked him up and held him for a while. I used my laptop to search for information about how to get a baby to sleep -- and of course, all of the views are conflicting. Anyway, I laid him down to sleep at 2am. He slept for an hour and woke up at 3am screaming again. I nursed him and FINALLY got him to lay in his crib and take a paci. He slept from 3:30am to 7am. So we are running very low on sleep and very high on frustration today. I know that there is no "right" answer when it comes to getting your kids to sleep... but I need help! Ledger is 8 months old today, which means that I haven't had a full night of sleep in EIGHT MONTHS.