It has been a while since I’ve given an Ethan update. I consider myself more of a “mom with a blog” than a “mom blogger,” so I guess that’s why. However, it doesn’t take long for a lot to change when it comes to babies. They grow so dang fast!
Ethan doesn’t like alone time. We’re working on it though, just a wee bit at a time. I never wanted to fall into “attachment parenting” (AP) style, but it kind of happened, and this kid is totally spoiled. I know it’s my fault, so we’re doing what we can. Lawwwwwd help this child if he ever gets a sibling!
This may also be why the gym nursery people called me to come get him again yesterday. I squeezed in my fastest treadmill 5k, and I got about 30 seconds into a cool down before I heard, “Will Ethan’s mom please come to childcare…” Ughhhhhh. No stretching for me!
So anyway, I also wanted to mention his sleep. We recently (has it been two weeks, one week? I forget…) tried sleep training, and it sucked. Suck as it did, it also worked. Of course, now that the teething is in full-swing, that could all change, but it did work.
He was sleeping all night (7:30pm to 5:00am) about 20-25% of the time, so I knew he could do it. The other times he would wake at 3:30am, and I’d put him back to bed after giving him a bottle. He wasn’t even hungry for breakfast when he woke in the morning, so I knew this kid was taking the bottle for comfort, not hunger.
The first night we did Cry It Out (CIO) with comfort checks (no picking up and no bottles) approximately every 10 minutes. It took 75 minutes of crying! The second night it took 60 minutes. That was NOT working. Yes, I cried too; my brick of a husband showed no emotion. The third night he slept until 4:30am.
I hear it’s best to let one person do all the checks, so I volunteered. I also hear it’s best to let the least emotional one do them, but that didn’t work for us since Kevin has to work the next day.
The fourth night, we let him CIO without checks for an hour. It was hard, but for me (and for Ethan) it was harder going in and checking on him without actually picking him up and feeding him.
BAM. That did it. He just needed to CIO without checks. Since then he has been sleeping from 7:30pm to 4:30-5:30am. The first week he woke at 4:30, which was hard. His naps were also off, and he was sooooo cranky. I was going bonkers!!
His naps are now getting back on schedule, and he’s waking closer to 5-5:30am now. I’d prefer 5:30-6, but I’ll take it.
I know CIO methods and sleep training are controversial, and I am very glad I waited until he was 8 months old before trying it. However, I gave my baby the gift of a good night sleep, and that’s definitely a good thing.
- Mamas, done CIO?