Will we ever sleep all night again?

February 26, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 5 Comments

A few weeks ago Jack and Leah were doing really at night. They even slept from 7 pm to 7 am on several occasions. Since then it has gone down hill. First Jack started waking up at 4:30… it wasn’t too bad we fed both kids and they slept for another 3 or 4 hours. About a week later it became 3:30 then this week Jack has been getting up two or three times in the middle of the night, while Leah sleeps until 5:30 or 6 every day. Mommy and Daddy are exhausted. We normally give Jack his pacifier first and he will go back to sleep for a while and eventually we resort to feeding him around 3 or so. I know we have got to do something. He is capable of sleeping all night because he has done it. I know our pediatrician would tell us to let him cry it out, but that sounds like torture and I’m worried we will end up with two kids crying.

Jason and I talked about it today and I think we are going to have to try to let him cry it out. Tonight my mom is watching them because we are going to an auction for Jason’s elementary school but tomorrow night we are going to start. I hope that it isn’t too terrible and doesn’t last too many days. Wish us luck.

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  1. All I can say is Ferber Method! It worked for us around 5 months. It takes 2 or 3 nights, but well worth it! Google it on the internet, no need to buy the book. I got the idea from someone I use to work with, and since have heard several people that have used it and it worked. Can Leah go in a separate room since she is sleeping so well? I hated, and I stress the word, hated doing it, but the first night is the hardest. After that, it gets much easier. I feel for you, been there.

  2. And to add to that comment, while its hard to do, you’ll have a much happier baby. The book stresses the fact that you have to teach him how to sleep and that’s what did it for me.

  3. We did it too–and 5 months sounds like just about the age our pediatrician had us start. Since Edwin was over 10 lbs, he no longer had to eat at night–and she said it was the “golden opportunity” to teach him to sleep through the night. It *is* hard, and you’ll feel guilty (we sure did), but it’s absolutely worth it–you’ll all be happier for it. Our dr. told us, too, to turn down the baby monitor and “make him work for it”–that’s made it easier for us in terms of letting him cry it out (I swear, a good chunk of the time he doesn’t even manage to wake us up). You can do it! Honest. 🙂

  4. Yuck. Hard stuff. But- try to look at it as HELPING him, not hurting him. Good sleep is essential for a happy, healthy baby. Giving him (and ya’ll!) the skill of sleep is being good to him. Be strong and try to remember you are doing this to help him! Good luck:)

  5. It is soo hard. I had to let my son cry it out at 7 months and the daughter at 5 months. They say they are capable to sleep through the night at 3 months but you have to do it when you are ready to do it. If you have to you could always sleep in another room further away from the babies so you couldnt hear it. Better yet, go to a friend’s house and let Jason do it if it’s just too hard on you. For some reason men are sometimes better at handeling those situations. Just know it will only take 2-3 nights and it will all be over. Take care…it is really hard but everyone will be better off..Promise


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