Noah has slept in his crib since he was only a few weeks old. We never "co-slept" with him and he actually was never soothed by even cuddling in the bed with me. Of course we had times where he didn't sleep through the night, but he never rejected going down for bed in his crib.
Well starting on Sunday night when we put him down he started screaming crying, so we said...well lets give it a few minutes. Minutes went by and he still didn't settle down. This turned into a constant pick him up...put him down every 20-40 minutes till about 5AM. It was very tiring and exhausting. We tried everything from rocking him...feeding him...and NOTHING worked except for Clint and I holding him.
Clint and I both hoped that maybe it was just an off night. So, Monday night came along. SAME thing happened. We put him down fast asleep...then he started crying. SO we did the same thing but eventually caved in and just let him sleep on me most of the night in a reclining chair.
Tonight I was dreading the worst....we are both honestly exhausted and dreaded Noah's bed time. We put him down at 9 after our routine (bath, bottle, bed). The same thing happened, he screamed. I did a lot of research and read that if you let him cry it out for 15 minutes, then go in if he is still screaming and try to soothe him for a minute, then repeat. We started this at 9 and in 15 minute intervals I went in and tried to soothe him. It's so sad because as soon as I enter his room his little arms reach out for me and as soon as I pick him up, he stops crying. Well at 10, when we were at this now for an hour, I just caved in and held him. After holding him for a good ten minutes Clint then put him in bed and.....he didn't scream!!! YAY!!! Hopefully we broke this habit! It's now 12:15 and he is still asleep....shh!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
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