Friday, August 27, 2010

That darn S word!

Sleep, sleep, sleep. You seem to say that word a lot when you're a mom. Either talking about how your child is with it, what you're doing about it or how you need more of it. But I have some good news...for me anyway. And lots of sympathy for those who can't share in my joy.

My 6 month old baby boy is now sleeping 10 to 11 hours consistently at night without so much as a peep!!!! To say I am chuffed is an understatement. I was seriously beginning to wonder how I was going to survive. I guess we got to a place of sheer desperation. We were tired and not functioning well. My awesome friend and sister, Sammy, said that I need to be a little harder. Her words were a bit different to that but that's how we'll phrase that one for now.

I tried being hard with Benjamin and it did not work. I remember pacing up and down outside his room for hours while he screamed at night - for 2 nightmarish weeks! Trained experts said it should take 3 to 5 nights. They don't know Benjamin. And a month or so later, he reverted back to what WAS the point?

So anyway, we moved our bed into the lounge (we have a very small 2 bedroom unit) so we'd at least have wall between us and the crying. We began praying in his room before he went to sleep and praying together once he was asleep. After 4 nights his crying was down to about 10 minutes. By night 5 he slept 10 or 11 hours solid and so it has continued.

Day time is not so great and often he only has two cat naps. But that's ok! I am not complaining. I am more than not complaining: I am thankful. Grateful. Getting at least 6 solid hours of sleep every night is just I had hoped for. I am a new woman. Yeah!


Gail said...

That's fantastic Penny! I'm so pleased for you guys!!

Sammy said...

Yes I am unashamed to admit hard a** was the word I used, haha! So glad it's going better, sorry didn't return your text today :-( Must catch up, love you xxx

Amy said...

Long may it continue - sleep deprivation robs us of our mummy-joy and is such a doozy. Well done you for being so firm, which is so hard to do when you are exhausted. Baking in the recent post looks yum, just shows the difference 6 hours a night can make to a happy home :)

L A said...

Woo hoo! Sleeping through at 6 months - it sounds like a dream.

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