Well here i am. 8 weeks into my sleep nurturing journey. Incredible how different parenting is this time around. First im not so scared of screwing everything up because ive learned that making mistakes is how you learn. Second I'm so much more rested.
DD is sleeping from 11pm-7am Almost always. She may have the odd off night where she wakes sometime around 3 and i must "nurture" her back to sleep. Most nights however, i give her her last feed and see her in the morning. She is amazing me. Ive helped sleep train many babies for over a year now but my area of knowledge was for babies 4 mos plus. A lot of what i teach i also learned first hand from doing and being in my clients shoes. Anytime we got an email for a newborn less the 16 weeks, i always passed it on not feeling comfortable since i had not done it my self. WELL... i feel comfortable now.
DD is a great napper. she has her off day like all babes do. Shes not one to fall asleep ON anyone. Its so different. She likes to be put down to fall asleep on her own.
Shes almost hit her goal of 11pm-8am. ONE more hour to go. Then we get to move on to her next schedule and getting her to a much earlier bedtime. Im hoping before she's 4 mos old to help her learn to sleep 9pm-8am (a later bedtime then most but its something that i have had to alter to make work with our personal family life). Im scared of moving schedules. More cause im afraid of change. I get use to my ways and then to change them takes some getting use to.
Right now shes only awake for an hour and napping for 2. Doing so amazingly well. I know she will have her off days both for naps and overnight and need some help. Thats ok. Thats what mommy is here to do. help guide her along the way.
I am so proud of her and myself. . . my DH too. He wishes he could do more but he knows how dependant she is on me for food right now - he is my go to for diaper changes though. We have a lot more confidence in ourselves and in her. We know that if she cries just give her a minute, she will figure it out. She almost always does and all we can do at that point is SMILE. Shes learned a lifelong skill already and shes only 8 weeks old.
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