Friday, May 22, 2009

And on the fourth night, they slept...

Ok, so I'm a bad blogger. I can't believe I haven't posted anything since Monday! But I'm tired. So I'm allowed.

CIO has been going well. Actually, its been going surprisingly well, despite both babies having the sniffles. Here is a quick recap, for those of you playing at home:

Monday Night

Sebastian cried for 50 minutes to get to sleep, 6:15 - 7:05. I had to move him to the other room during that time because Collette was sick and I didn't want her to wake up.

He woke again around 10pm, I did one check and after 5 minutes, fell back asleep.

Collette woke up around 6:45am and Sebastian was still sleeping!.

Tuesday Night

Sebastian cried for just 15 minutes to get to sleep. My mom and Auntie Kim were staying over so I put Sebastian in my room with me. I don't recommend this. While he didn't cry loudly, he fussed on and off from 11pm - 1am. I decided I would sleep better on the love seat in the family room.

Collette then woke up around 1:30am, snot-faced and miserable, so I caved and we (thanks Mom!!) fed her. I think it was the right call, though, considering she really wasn't feeling well.

Both babies started to wake up around 6am.

Wednesday Night

Sebastian was back in his crib because Collette was no longer feeling sick. He fussed for less than 10 minutes and then fell asleep.

Collette woke up at 3am. I went to do the Ferber "check" but quickly realized that it made her cry more. So, I let her cry and naturally she woke up Sebastian but it only lasted about an hour. Maybe 30 minutes. Not sure because once I stopped doing the checks, I kinds stopped looking at the clock. But it wasn't that long or that heartbreaking. It was actually kind of nice to not get up.

They woke up at 7:15am. That one went down as a win for Mommy.

Thursday Night

Sebastian cried again for about 10 minutes before he fell asleep.

We heard grumbling at 5:30am! They fell back asleep and we didn't hear them again until 6:50.
Does that count as sleeping through the night?

We'll see what they have in store for us tonight now that Daddy is home. They always behave their best when he is here. So not fair.
But I have to say, I'm digging this CIO thing. It's...empowering. Like, you mean I don't have to feed you at some absurd hour anymore? You mean I don't have to rock you to sleep? You mean I don't have to swaddle you? You mean I don't have to go in and give you your pacifier 372 times? What am I going to do with all this spare time?? Sleep? Blog.

PS - The 6-month post is coming up but I haven't done the chair picture yet. Tomorrow, I swear.


  1. I couldn't agree with you more about the empowering / freeing aspect of CIO. Liberating!

    And yes, Thursday TOTALLY counts as sleeping through the night! That is so excellent! Congratulations!

    There will be regressions, there always are. But if you stick to a basic philosophy of minimal intervention, they'll be pretty short-lived. That's what I've found, anyways.


  2. I completely agree about the checks - I found that useless, easier to just ignore. I will say that my kids don't actually sleep 12 hours - more like 11. And they do stir (like last night at 3:30 am) but I ignore it and now I turn the monitor off so only real crying will wake me up. Congratulations - it will take you a couple of weeks to start sleeping through the night and I've been regressing on that myself lately. :)

  3. Oh gosh, I don't miss those sleepless nights. Let me tell ya sister, it gets A LOT easier. When they finally start sleeping through the night, it's like nirvana wrapped in bliss, dipped in caramel. Hang in there, and you're in for a treat ;)

    p.s. i mean nirvana the state of being, not the band. i wouldn't want to dip any grunge bands in caramel- they're pretty grimy!


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