Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Twist and Shout, Cry It Out!

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!


  1. night sleep sounds glorious!!!! ivy has learned to dress herself and using that independence to our advantage over the last week :) yay!! we may be the same person- and our first children aren't scarred but just little rigid imitations of us! too funny!

  2. Sleep is amazing!!! Yay for you! I can't remember when Lauren started sleeping through the night but I think your timing is perfect.

  3. Yay for sleep!! I think I'm most worried about a full night's sleep since I'm really going to try and breast feed this time. I've heard it's sometimes harder to get them to sleep entirely through the night when you're nursing?? Bailey was sleeping through the night at 8 I'm very anxious about how it will go this time!

    Don't you love them getting themselves dressed?! I just lay Bailey's clothes out for her and then she comes in my room all ready to go, except for me buttoning her pants for her. Definitely saves some time in the morning, and I'm sure once I have two on my hands I'll appreciate it even more!

  4. Way to go for both your boys!!!

  5. So glad you're getting some full nights of sleep out of him! It really makes all the difference!!