Ask and you shall receive! You guys came through like champions with the sleep training suggestions. My sister-in-law sent me 273 texts on the matter and the comment section of my last post has a wealth of information for any fellow zombie moms! Thank you, Rockstars!
I took Julie’s suggestion and borrowed the book Twelve Hours’ Sleep by Twelve Weeks Old. (I need to flip through the rest of it because it belongs to my sister Brittani, who’s twins will be here any day now! She’s been wanting these babies for YEARS, so we are extra excited!) What I’ve implemented from the book so far is to try to get him on an “eating every four hours” schedule during his time awake. What’s been different from what I have done is that he’s never been a morning eater. Why would he have been hungry after housing bottles like the Cast of Jersey Shore guzzles cheap well drinks and shots all night long? I have been getting him up, dressing and diapering him and then giving him a bottle. It seems to be working a little better for us! Thanks Julie and Brittani!
My “Dr. Sears quoting” sister-in-law Jill suggested that I turn the sound off of the monitor in case it was causing me to be extra vigilant. She also suggested waiting a little longer to go into the room rather than running to his rescue like I’m saving him from an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians (like I’ve been doing since birth). I can’t tell you how many times this particular advice has worked over the past week. I wasn’t letting him learn how put himself back to sleep. Thanks Jilly!
I am holding my breath while I say this, but for the past four nights, he’s only gotten up ONCE. He’s had his 1:00 am feeding (which will become water tonight), and that’s it. I can’t tell you how much better I feel without the constant interruptions to my sleep. It’s amazing.
As with anything, this will certainly be a learning process for both of us. I expect there to be bad nights and good. What I do firmly believe is that if a baby is a needy sleeper, there are bad habits (on parents’ and babies’ parts) that can be worked through with a little patience and persistence and a lot of love.
Karaleen summed it up nicely, “Slowly give him the tools he needs and the love and compassionate guidance you would for teaching all other tasks in life.” Well stated, Karaleen! You entire comment was awesome!
Thanks again to each of you who reached out! You are an amazing group of ladies!
Gotta run so I can answer Snooki’s text. She wants to know what product I am using for Rocky’s faux-hawk.