Friday, September 2, 2016

Sleeping Through the Night

With baby number 1 people started asking me if he was sleeping through the night when he was just 4 weeks old. It became one of the most asked questions when people would see him. Even strangers would ask about how he was sleeping.

In the end I didn't let it bother me too much. But, I wondered, what does sleeping through the night even look like for a one month old? Is my infant supposed to be sleeping 12 hours already even though I'm nursing?

Getting my little one to sleep through the night became this momentous task and finally, by 9 months I got him to sleep through the night. It took some work, but we got there.
Naturally, it ended shortly after he turned one and he's never been the best sleeper. He is now almost 3 and still wakes up almost every night. (Not necessarily crying, but he just doesn't want to be alone.)

When baby number 2 came along, people asked different questions. I actually can't remember anyone asking me if he was sleeping through the night etc.

I did get a lot of strangers mentioning how I had my hands full when they saw me wearing an infant and holding the hand of a 2 year old, but that was mainly it.
(I just want to formally apologize here for any time I may have said that to someone over the course of my life. Personally, I love big families and kids close in age, so whenever I said it, I was coming from a place of "your heart must be overflowing" and thinking "I hope my hands are just as full one day." But after hearing it so many times, I totally understand how annoying it can get! It also feels a bit judgy.)

Anyway, I didn't put much pressure on sleeping through the night for baby 2. I guess I was just used to getting up anyway and nursing the baby back to sleep was easy compared to trying to get our toddler to sleep in his own bed or not wake up at 5:30am.

Beckett (babe #2) has also been a rather inconsistent sleeper too. He slept through the night a few times when he was 5 months old, but it never stuck. So, I just figured he must be going through growth spurts and teething and didn't worry too much about it. I knew he's get there eventually.

With #1 he woke up at the same times every night so I knew it was out of habit. #2 is all over the place so it's hard to know if he really needs to nurse or not. Especially because I know he has had to go through transitions like moving. Plus, I'd rather nurse him to help him sleep that give Tylenol when he's teething.

Anyway, all this to say... This week I decided it was finally time to really work on getting Beckett to sleep through the night. He is 11 months now so...he really shouldn't need to wake up at night.

Sunday night I went to bed ready to let him cry it out and push him to sleep then...nothing happened. He slept through the night all on his own! Not a peep!
Monday- same thing.
Tuesday- not a peep...

Now he has gone 5 nights in a row without waking up! Seriously! Apparently all I had to do was decide it was time and he just did it!

Whatever the case, I am thanking God for answering my prayers and enjoying this new sleeping through the night transition. (Also praying he'll keep it up!)

Sweet Dreams!

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