I feel like all I ever write about, talk about and think about is sleep! Seriously, I actually have OTHER things to write about but first I’ll give you the sleep update, then I’ll start preparing some more interesting posts… like the $2,200 vet bill I just paid, and the sensory box I made Sabine out of scraps because we are broke after the $2,200 vet bill 🙂
So sleep. We are getting some night time sleep! Our naps are shit, though. Here are the logs.
We started our “sleep through the night training” on Thursday, April 3. The savvy reader, though, will notice Sabine slept through the night on her own accord the night before. And has continued sleeping through the night with no intervention from us. The only thing that has changed is that the Professor handles bedtime routine. Still, even after a good night Wednesday, we hunkered down for what we were certain would be a sleep training shit storm.
Thursday night our instructions were for me to leave the house three hours prior to bedtime. I’m in class from 4 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. Sabine hangs out with our Nanny until 6:30 p.m. on Thursday and then Daddy takes over so this was not a problem. The idea behind my leaving is that Sabine needs to think Mama has left for the night and it is just her and Daddy. No milk makers till morning.
Daddy did our usual routine, with dinner at 7:15, bath at 7:30 and bed between 7:45 and 8:00. She fell right asleep. That night he slept in the living room on the air mattress with the baby monitor and I slept alone in the bedroom with my cat and the doors shut. She shocked us with with only one wakeup at 5:20 in the morning. She fussed and grumbled (stage 3) till 6 and then fell back asleep till 7:30.
The second night I had to leave the house two hours before bedtime so I went to a delicious restorative yoga class. SO WHAT I NEEDED! I came home to a sleeping baby and a husband on the air mattress. This would be the night that things went to hell, we said. She slept through the night again but woke earlier than our plan indicated (wakeup is supposed to be 7 a.m.) We followed protocol letting her cry/fuss for 30 minutes and then let her get up.
Since then, all the nights have been the same. She goes down between 7:45 and 8:00 and is asleep fairly quickly (last night was an exception – lots of sad crying baby). Daddy continues to handle bedtime routine, although I do not have to leave the house. In another week or two I will take back over bedtime routine and hope to all things holy it does not screw this up! Sabine still wakes earlier than we would like, but honestly I can live with it!
The challenge now is working out a nap schedule that agrees with everyone. At this point she should be transitioning to two naps a day. I think this, coupled with early wake ups and adjusting to sleeping through the night has confused the naps some. I hope they sort themselves out. If we are still struggling in a few weeks I will schedule another chat with our sleep consultant.
And now I must say, to the Admin on the breast feeding Facebook page called Dairy Queens, I shoot you the bird. This woman ripped me a new one when I posted a concern about my milk supply dropping now that we were sleep training. I guess we really never got to sleep training since Sabine sort of did it on her own, but still. No, judgmental Admin, I will not wake my sleeping baby at night to dream feed her. The sleep consultant said this is actually what has CAUSED all these problems. WAY back around 3 months old Sabine started to transition to longer and longer sleep stretches and I freaked out so I continued dream feeding her every 3-4 hours. Now if someone crept in and dream fed you a delicious milk shake every 3-4 hours at night you would get pretty used to it… and grow to quite like it… and maybe even expect it…. and possibly start to demand it.
So, kind, understanding and loving blog readers who had a baby that hated bottles and only liked milk from the boob: how did you handle your supply dropping when your little started sleeping through the night? Any tips for adjusting naps?