Tuesday, March 5, 2013

From Bacon...Sleep H-e-l-l Progress

It's been a while since I last reached out for HELP regarding the sleep hell we were in with Gavin.

Initially, I was digging deep to be a hard a$$ and make him sleep in his own bed. Most times, he would fall asleep on the couch and we would gently move him to the toddler bed in his room. Then, he'd wake up 3-5 times a night. The first few times we'd put him back in the bed and sit next to him until he fell back asleep. Around 3am, we were too tired and would just scoop him up into our bed.

Napping like a king in mom and dad's bed
This turned into just letting him sleep in our bed. The hubs is gone two sleeps at a time for work and it was easier for me to just leave him in bed with me rather than run back and forth all while trying not to wake Madden, who was also in our room (in the pack and play.)

The old nightly routine when the hubs was home
Co-sleeping wasn't that bad. G slept right near/on his daddy and I barely realized he was there (until he'd wake up during the wee hours begging to watch Skrek!) Eventually, I just started to feel like G was running our lives. He would watch tv in our bed until falling asleep and then the hubs and I would watch our shows and have ice cream...except, sometimes he WOULDN'T fall asleep. Ugh. He'd be up, goofing around until 10pm (aka MY BEDTIME!)

So things changed.

Ketchup suggested we try moving his bed into our room. It really didn't appeal to me but it was my only option since I suck at the whole "tough love" thing.
G's new digs in our room
Four-ish weeks ago, I moved the toddler bed to our room and M to his own room (M is soooo much easier.) The first night I laid him in his bed and he was not happy. I convinced him to stay there and sat next to the bed until he fell asleep. It took 45 minutes. He slept until 1am. I went through the same routine and it took him TWO HOURS to fall back asleep. It was brutal but that was the only bad night we had ::knocks on wood::

It's still a work in progress. Naps are pretty inconsistent (now sleeping one hour instead of 2-3 hours) and he now wakes up between 6 and 6:30am every morning (instead of his previous 7-8am wake ups.) He wakes up 0-2 times a night but goes back to sleep pretty easily. More than anything, I'm so grateful to have time with the hubs again. We put G down and watch our shows and have ice cream together in the living room and we can talk freely because we're not worried about waking G.

The ultimate goal is for him to be comfortable and confident alone in his bed and then move him to his room when the hubs finishes his big boy (twin) bed.

We'll see...baby steps.

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