As much as I fear I'm jinxing myself by actually writing this down, Sawyer has slept through the night for the past several days! After putting my foot down (I love you, honey) and starting the cry-it-out routine, Sawyer has proven to be a quick learner.
I had had enough of the middle of the night feedings and Wes falling asleep in the chair, while rocking him back to sleep. Everything I read said a 5- or 6-month old baby was more than capable of learning to sleep through the night at this point. I remember Colin did it at 6 months and with Sawyer's 6-month birthday approaching quickly, I deemed it time to make the transition.
The first night he only woke up once and after about 3 or 4 visits from us, he finally fell back asleep until about 5am. I fed him then and he went back to sleep until 8ish. The next day he even napped in his crib for over an hour (I can count on 1 hand how many times he has actually napped in his crib)!
The second night wasn't as smooth. I put him to bed from an awake state and he cried bloody murder for 30-35 minutes. We went in as Ferber (who Wes is sure never had children of his own) instructed us to do and he finally fell asleep. He woke once but easily went back to sleep after I went in only 1 time.
For the past 2 nights, he has slept all the way through! He goes down about 8 and wakes about 8. Not too shabby for a beginner! We're so proud of him, we could just scream. The first night I had to go in to make sure he was breathing and sighed a big sigh of relief when I saw him sleeping peacefully.
I'm so glad I listened to my inner voice and decided it was time. And thanks to Wes for finally listening to me and heeding my request to nip the nighttime wakings/feedings in the bud.
It's amazing what a full night's sleep will do for you! It's actually tolerable that Colin gets up at 6:15 just so he can proudly dress himself - a new discovery of his in the last few days. Lots of exciting new things happening at our house these days! My boys are growing up!