Monday, June 18, 2007

What does it feel like to be well rested? I can't remember.

I have tried to keep my whining about sleep issues to a minimum lately. I feel like I harp and harp on this issue. And of course, I am going to start complaining again. Sorry in advance.

We are officially down to one nap per day. Porgie absolutely refuses to take an afternoon nap. So, I have the FUN task of trying to keep her happy and occupied until noon. Let me assure you, it is not easy. She gets whiny and fussy, but I refuse to let her nap early. If I let her go to sleep before noon, she will only nap for about an hour. Then she won't take an afternoon nap, and she turns into a demon child by 5:00 pm. However, if I keep her up until noon, she will take a 2 or 3 hour nap, and she is her normal self until bedtime. So, although mornings are rough around my house, it is definitely worth it.

Porgie also continues to wake up at night. Usually she only wakes up once or twice, but we had a few nights last week where she woke up at least 3 times. Unfortunately, we have now moved on the cry-it-out method. I am not a big fan of this technique, but I am trying to be open-minded. For the past three nights, I have let Porgie cry when she wakes up. I feel kind of guilty about this, but I don't really have any other options. I can't continue to feed Porgie multiple times per night. I am going to have a newborn to feed all night in just five more months. Porgie has to start sleeping through the night. PERIOD.

The good news is that she seems to cry a little less each night. I haven't even been going into her room to comfort her at night, because she just gets more worked up and distressed. So, when she starts crying, I turn the monitor down and pray for her to go back to sleep.

The first night she cried for about 20 minutes. The second night she cried for about 10 minutes. And last night was cried for less than a minutes. I hope this trend continues and within a few days, she'll be sleeping through the night.

Keep your fingers crossed for me.


Eva said...

I think what you are doing sounds wonderful for all involved. You deserve some rest, and besides your baby needs the rest, too. She is going to have to set a good example for the new baby by sleeping well! Some babies just don't seem to catch onto the preferred sleep schedule on their own, but I bet this will be a quick enough adjustment--sounds like she's doing great with it! I really wish you well. If it doesn't work, feel free to come visit me and sleep all you want!

MamaMint said...

Hang in there. I know it's hard to listen to them cry. We've gone through this with JuniorMint.

Cagey said...

Honestly? I don't consider crying for 20 minutes to be "crying it out". I consider that just a natural progression to helping your child learn how to comfort herself. Don't be so hard on yourself.

Hang in there!

Anth said...

Crossing fingers for you! Good luck Christy. It will be SOOOO worth it when little Porgie sleeps soundly all through the night!!

Amber said...

the cry it out method is hard to watch and listen but it is sooo worth it in the end! i did it with both the boys and will be doing it again in a few months!