Tuesday, June 26, 2007

sleep continued

Thank you for all of the advice offered yesterday. I really like to hear how other moms handle their sleepless children. Very educational and interesting.

Honestly, I am not a big fan of cry-it-out methods. Hence, the reason I have been feeding Porgie three times per night for an entire year. The first book I bought on sleep issues was Sleeping Through the Night by Jodi Mindell. She recommended the cry-it-out method, which I thought was too cruel. So, I went out and bought The No Cry Sleep Solution by Elizabeth Pantely. I liked this book a lot more, but it was pretty ineffective in altering Porgie's sleep habits. So, I sucked it up and continued to feed her over and over and over during the night.

There were many mornings when I woke up angry. I was pissed because of my lack of sleep. It was making me a mean person. I snapped at everyone - Porgie included. I made a deal with myself - when Porgie reached the age of one year, I would start sleep training. This was a way to help keep myself sane in my moments of madness. I know I sound dramatic, but this no sleeping thing has really kicked my ass. I just wasn't expecting the sleeplessness to continue for so long.

Enough about me, lets talk about Porgie. She woke up at 3:00 am whining, but went right back to sleep. She slept until 6:30 this morning! I was pretty excited. It might be a fluke or it might be the start of a new routine. I am hoping its a new routine.


Em said...

I'm sending vibes that its the norm! Positive thoughts

Ashley said...

I sure hope that the trend continues!! I am with you on waiting for a year to sleep train so Caileigh still wakes up about 4 times a night to eat. At least Aiden is finally sleeping good! I hope good sleep is on its way for you!

Eva said...

Yes, you definitely need to do what you need to do to get some rest. I think you've been immensely patient and amazing and have way more stamina than I do. Hopefully things are turning around!

Misguided Mommy said...

i was so proud of brandon for making it till 4 am with out a wake up and then last night the little shit showed up in my bed at 2am!

JC said...

Yeah, a bit more sleep for the preggers momma! Let's hope it continues!!

Sara said...

I am a new reader, but am really enjoying your blog.

In Ainsley's case, I found that going in almost always made things worse. And after a certain age, going in to feed her or rock her seemed to almost make it impossible for me to leave the room and she never really slept with us or cuddled with us. So . . . . I find that the ealier she gets to sleep, the better she sleeps. Most nights, she is out by 6pm and is up between 5:30-6am, which is when I have to get up anyway. But if she goes to bed late, she will be up EARLY. Seems strange, but I have heard it happens that way. Maybe try pushing her bedtime up a little? I bet once she realizes you aren't coming in, too, she will stop waking so frequently and so early.