First off I want to start by asking people who are "anti-sleep training" (and anti-crying) to please be nice and not leave me mean comments. I'm having a rough time as it is!
So, after having the WORST NIGHT EVER on Tuesday we decided to start sleep training Alexandra on Wednesday night. On Tuesday she woke up every 45 minutes from 11:15 until 7am! I was going insane! Each wake up required either eating, picking up and rocking/bouncing. It was HELL!
So, last night we did our usual bedtime routine of a bath, story, feeding, swaddling and then my husband laid her in her crib awake. I usually would rub her tummy and put the stupid soother in her mouth until she fell asleep. But last night NO SOOTHER and he left the room.
He went in after 3 minutes. Kissed her, rubbed her tummy and said "nighty night". She was still crying.
He waited 5 minutes. Then repeated the above.
He waited 10 minutes. Repeat above.
Crying was slowing but persisting.
He waited 10 more minutes and before going in she stopped crying! And FELL ASLEEP!
It took 28 minutes and she was asleep WITHOUT THE SOOTHER!
I was "on-duty" for the night time shift since hubs has to go to work and so he set up the pull out couch in case he needed to go there.
She slept until 12:30. I fed her. And put her back down awake. She fussed for about 7 minutes. Then fell asleep.
She woke up at 3:30. Not yet time to eat (she eats normally at 4:30). I let her cry. Hubs went to the couch. After 3 min of crying I rubbed her and kissed her. Then repeated after 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 15 minutes and repeated at 15 minute intervals. Unfortunately, she cried until 4:20 when I fed her. Then I put her down and she fell right to sleep and slept until 7:30.
All in all I am calling night one of sleep training a success. I am so proud of my baby and I am loving her and kissing her and hugging her extra today to make up for the sucky crying we had to endure! I think she had a better sleep last night than she has in weeks, and so did I.
Nap time today was also a success! I put her in the crib awake, no soother and she fell asleep with mild fussing after 12 minutes! She slept for 40 minutes which is standard for her. (we will work on nap length eventually!).
So, day 1 down. We survived. I am loving my little princess like crazy and hoping that tonight is not a shit show!
Wish us luck and check back for day 2 tomorrow!!!