As you might remember, a couple of months ago I blogged about L being a terrible sleeper and how he still woke up every three hours at night. Quite a few people commented on my post, and all essentially said the same thing: we had to let him scream it out. It would just take a couple of days, and then all would be well.
I knew my readers were probably right, but I just didn’t have the heart for it. Miserable as I was at night, I just couldn’t stand to hear my baby cry without going to comfort him, so things remained much the same until we went toPuerto Ricoin December.
I’m not sure what it was – the hum of the air conditioner, the exhaustion of being in a new place surrounded by new people every day, the darkness of the room – but from the day we arrived in the island, L only woke up one time during the night.
I was in heaven. He wasn’t sleeping through the night, but he was sleeping better than he ever had in his entire life. One wake up/feeding a night wasn’t bad. I could do that. I only hoped the trend would continue once we returned home.
It didn’t, of course.
As soon as we arrived back inChicago, L fell back into the pattern of waking up every three hours. This time, though, I’d had enough. I knew he could sleep more hours than that – he had done it the entire month of December! So right around New Year’s Eve, we decided to take action and let him scream through the night.
It wasn’t that bad at all. After two days, L would sleep from 8 pm to 5 am with a minimal amount of screaming (no more than 30 minutes). It was great. We asked ourselves, why did we wait so long to do this? He was obviously ready.
That idyllic period lasted about two weeks. Then, about three days ago, we saw that L’s first tooth was coming in. Ever since that night, he’s waking up at 3 am - completely and absolutely AWAKE. We try to leave him in his crib to see if he will fall asleep again, but inevitably the screaming begins. We try to let him cry himself to sleep, but we’ve discovered that after 45 minutes of L’s screaming, Dylan wakes up too. Then we have TWO screaming children at 4 am. Not happening.
I’ve ended up taking L downstairs with me and falling asleep with him on the couch. Not the ideal situation at all, but the baby books do say that sleeping patters change when baby is teething or reaching certain milestones, so I am trying to be patient and not beat myself up over this too much. I was hoping that when the tooth broke the surface of the gum, L would go back to his 8 pm – 5 am schedule.
However, last night L’s nose started getting a little runny. I think he’s coming down with a cold. Looks like there will be no sleeping through the night for a long time to come!
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