Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Confession time

A few months ago, I decided that Guppy needed to learn to self-soothe.  For 9 days, I put him in his crib awake for naps.  He cried for nearly an hour twice a day for NINE DAYS.  It was making us all miserable, so I decided that perhaps he just wasn't ready to self-soothe.  We reverted back to our old habit of me nursing him to sleep and placing him in his swing.  That was in April.  It is now June, and I still haven't mustered the strength or courage to let him cry alone in his crib...


He is way too big for that darn swing.  It won't even push him anymore.  The motor chugs and chugs, but the seat and the baby remain motionless.  I know that I need to get him in his crib, but I just can't seem to make the transfer from arms to mattress without waking him.  So if I want him in his crib, I need to teach him how to self-soothe.  And I am just not ready yet.

7 comments:

Anth said...

Oh I'm sorry, did you say something? I was too busy loving Guppy's FABULOUS CHEEKS! haha

Teaching self-soothing does suck. You gotta do it though. My friend is trying to teach her 16-month-old now. I think you can imagine how well that is going. Do it now, before he gets any more set in his ways!

amanda said...

ha! i just read what anth said and was going to say the same thing. only i was going to say i always hated it when my friends said that - even though i knew they meant well. bc it's soooo hard. i know it gets harder as they get older, but that still doesn't it make it any easier now!!

thinking of you friend....

Jenny said...

I am with the other ladies...it is so heart breaking to get them to self soothe. I did it when both boys were about 3 months...I know sounds horrible but my sister was like you gotta do it because it just gets so hard for you both when they are older.

Good luck momma...you can do it when you are ready.

allyk said...

There are no easy answers here. You need to do what works for you and your family. I let my guy cry at times and I regret it. Trust your instincts.

antropologa said...

AWWWW SO CUTE AND FAT.

As for the sleep...well, you'll get there!

MK said...

*hugs*

Don't give yourself a hard time about it... he'll learn to sleep when he's ready to.

MK said...

(not that that makes it any easier right now I know)