Friday, September 2, 2011
Bedtime Struggles and a New Strategy
When Mae cried for the first time I went over and gave her a binky and got her back to sleep and then laid down in Mae's Big Girl Bed and waited. Fifteen minutes later when she woke up again I nursed her (before the cries could wake her sister) and after letting her lay in her big bed for a little while, put her back in her crib.
I checked the time because it felt like morning and found that it was 2am.
I soothed Sadie back to sleep in her own bed by talking to her from across the room and going over to cuddle with her once or twice (it's all a sleepy blur) when she started to cry. Our biggest problem is that the girls room faces the noisiest part of the apartment complex and is noisy all night long with doors slamming and people talking.
Sometime around morning Mae Bae started to cry and I brought her back into her big bed and nursed her again. We ended up night weaning Sadie at around 18 months... so I see that day as a glimmer way off on the horizon. I'm hoping Mae might night wean herself a little earlier since she is a better sleeper than her sister was at this age (Sadie literally nursed every hour at a year old, all night long).
When Sadie woke up and saw Mae Bae by herself in her big bed surrounded by stuffed animals, she was a proud big sister. As we walked out into the living room she said:
"Good job Mae Bae!" and then later when Daddy came out and I told him about our sleep time adventure she said: "Mae Bae slept in her Big Girl Bed! Good job Mae Bae! I am so proud of you!"
My dream is that in the next few months we get them to both sleep in their beds through the night... I wonder if it will actually happen...