Two words: SLEEP. TRAINING.
Ugh, this has been my private hell for the past…month? Two months? It’s honestly a big, tired, sleep-deprived blur.
I remember during months 3 and 4, my sweet Lazy Baby slept like a champ! She’d go down at 7 each evening and was up at 6-6:30 every morning. The occasional hiccup would occur, but she’s was a great sleeper.
The key word there: WAS.
Then teething happened and my great sleeper regressed. She’d go to sleep just fine, but then would wake up and wouldn’t fall back asleep. Instead, she’d scream until you held her. Then she’d fall back asleep for a couple of hours. Wake. Scream. Hold. Sleep. Repeat.
I scoured the internet for a solution. First, I thought it was because I would give her a bottle after her dinner and let her fall asleep drinking eat. BIG NO NO! So I cut that shit out of the routine and started brushing her little tooth, changing her into her big girl jimmies and reading a book to her; you know, “establishing a night-time routine” like all the books/internet say to do.
Wake. Scream. Hold. Sleep. Repeat.
Now, I know it’s because I’ve been holding her until she dozes off. HUGE MISTAKE! I must no longer get this sweet, precious cuddle time with my darling baby. Instead, I must put her down while she’s still awake.
Yeah, Lazy Baby is having none of that shit.
Enter “crying it out” – a tactic I was REALLY not wanting to do, but have been forced into enduring because of my own mistakes as a parent. And we aren’t consistent with this because it is THE HARDEST THING I’VE EVER HAD TO DO.
Is there any of you who have gone through this hell? Is there light at the end of tunnel?