Mya is 10months
Today Mya is 10 months, did I think 1 month ago I would be raving ( board line bragging) to ALL my friends that Mya sleeps NO way, that seemed like it would of happened to someone else. Here I am waiting for 8 more minutes before I wake her up from her afternoon nap ( since 2pm) . Mya has changed our lives since she has been here, she has given us a reason to smile , laugh and stop. Stop all the running around in life and enjoy her every single millstone , this week alone , Mya is now clapping when she wakes up , cruising better then ever , and is " coping my funny noises " , not to mention is walking around the house picking " stuff " off the floor ( time to clean ?? ). I am so lucky to have an amazing sleeping baby and SOOOO lucky to be surrounded by such wonderful friends and family. Tomorrow is my last day of " sleep training " and this has been the best week of my life so far with my daughter . I have learned so much about her AND myself ( it is amazing what a little sleep can do for you ) ... time to go get her up , Thank you so much Debbie :) you really are an amazing person , now friend FOREVER :).
HAPPY 10month Mya Papaya
Issues for the day
I should clarify what my special circumstances are , kind of air our dirty laundry so everyone can see that you can STILL sleep train. We just moved from a condo to a house and Mya has had a rough time with the transition . Before sleep training I would of used this as an excuse not to continue now i know that you can sleep train through anything. The day before sleep training began , Mya started to act a bit off , at first I thought it was just her teeth and mentioned it to Deb , she told my NOT TO WORRY and continue ( I am so happy I listened, 5 sleeps later ) But then yesterday Mya's symptoms got worse , she became very cranky , all of a sudden couldn't be out of view of me ( making going to the washroom very hard ) and just seemed "off". Last night she vomited and today we went to the doctor. Mya has tummy " issues " today , she is very constipated and throwing up from it (twice tonight . When bedtime came around she had a "higher then normal " temperature ( not a fever but not normal ), and all she wanted was her bottle and to play with my hair as I read her a story. She isn't feeling well and isn't herself. So on top of teething / sleep training / and getting her on a schedule we are now dealing with this. I gave her something tonight and hope she wakes up tomorrow as the happy baby I know she is. Especially after 11 hours of sleep :)
To say that Mya is a sleeper now just makes me laugh. I can picture you parents reading my blog thinking the company hired me to say all these wonderful things . I also cannot stress enough that almost a week ago Mya was a non sleeper, I was that parent looking at blogs thinking how do these people sleep at night lying about there children. The last 5 days have been a learning experience , me more then Mya. She slept all night with her 2 naps and we had to leave the house, Not to mention we are dealing with " special circumstances " . I am was more afraid then anything to deviate from the schedule but over all we did pretty well. Thank you Deb for talking me through it Tomorrow Mya will be 10months , not really too sure where the time went but I do know that tomorrow morning I will be a happier , healthier mom then I was when she turned 9months.
Have a good sleep
Since birth Mya has always been "that" child that when something is wrong you know. Not the child that wakes up in the morning with a tooth and parents are wondering where it came from ? No Mya is the child that will scream for 5 days until it breaks skin then scream for 5 more as it fully emerges all while spiking a fever. One of the many things I love most about my daughter is she is exactly like me !! Sleep training during these " special circumstances" are proving to be fun on a whole new level. I have discovered that Mya really does like to sleep , to the point that I can say with confidence she ISNT a morning person ( like her mama with no coffee ). If it were up to her she would be in bed all day today nursing whatever it is that is wrong but thanks to big mean mommy we are still following the "schedule " the best that we can. I spoke to Deb today ( who for some reason makes everything better ) when I had to " deviate. It is a funny thing when you start to worry about napping , sleeping , and eating all at the same time everyday. Today Mya napped twice for nearly 2 hours and went down to sleep without an issue. It is 8:35pm and there is no crying , what a relieve.!!!!!! I am starting to make plans again where as before my life went on how Mya's night went ( don't forget up until 3 days ago Mya only slept in 3 hour increments ). I am planning to go back to work , go to the gym , start to feel a bit like myself again. Last night Ray and I did something we haven't done in months, we snuggled in our baby less bed , turned off the light TURNED ON THE TV and watched the Simpson's
( me more then him ) but you get the picture. I slept from 10.30pm-7am AMAZING !! today I was ready for my cranky baby , not tired , irritable or counting down for nap time . I was just ready ... Cannot wait for tomorrow
Silence in our house
Something amazing happened in my house last night, and it wasn't just that Ray made me a fantastic dinner, it was silent. There was no baby screaming , no TV on , no toys playing there wonderful songs it was just quite. Mya went down without a fuss, I followed her bedtime routine she cried for the time it took me to get downstairs and that was it. It was amazing !! This went on until 10:15 ish. It is funny how little people can come up with there own routines , the habitual wake up. This was normally the second time Mya woke up before we started sleep training and it is almost like she thinks it is normal ? I was waiting with baited breath for the 20minute mark to RUN into the room and tell her mama was here and she is ok. I already alerted Deb ( who I now worship ) that we might have a situation in our house.... but Yet again this child surprises. After 36minutes of screaming for mama and dada my angel fell asleep and would you believe we didn't hear a sound from her until 7am. This is new for us , I am not really sure how to take this silence in our house. I am not sure what to do with all this free time. 9 am rolled around and I was nervous ( a familiar feeling ) for nap time , it is now 10:20am and Ray and Mya are napping , I am blogging , is that what it should of been like before ? I feel guilty for loving the silence , for loving the me time ,and for not doing this sooner. Today we are venturing out to shop for groceries and food after my love's wake up, this is the first time we are leaving the house since we started the training Good Luck too us :)
Naps Day 1
Where to start today ? I have recruited help !!!! called my friend ( begged my friend ) to come over to sit with me why I listen to Mya cry getting into her crib (anticipating the worst ). I prepared myself for a really rough day I was an anxious , tired , and not ready for a fight by myself. Should I mention following a schedule I have never followed and trying to make this transition as easy for Mya as it could be takes a toll ( I have been in my PJs ALL day , and who is eating dinner besides Mya in this house ??? ).
Her first nap was scheduled for 9:15am , she was so tired since she woke up this morning ( really " my " child ) was tried after a LONG sleep, a good / great sleep of not being strapped into a swing or the nap nanny impressive on all notes . We made it to 8:45am and I brought her upstairs to her room. I followed the same routine as last night , food / story / bed / sound machine , darkness. I put her down a bit before 9am and it took her 8min for her to fall asleep. This time wasn't as relaxing as last night, number 1 I was alone ( my friend will be here for nap 2 ) , number 2 I was terrified she would of woke up. I couldn't believe it Mya slept until 10.45am IN HER CRIB . She was so excited when I went to get her. I was greeted with a clapping ,smiling , waving baby ( I love this kid ) making sleep training a pleasure so far. Its almost like she is saying " see mom thank you for getting yourself trained on how I should sleep " I can see now that she was ready to sleep but we weren't ready to force it.
Our day continued as normal , never deviating from the schedule ( that is now on our fridge ) still looking for where else to put it ( I think on Mya's door would be too much ). Second nap , 2:00 pm is our targeted time, Mya was so tired she fell asleep while reading her a story, When I transferred her to the crib that is when the fun began. I called Debbie who has now become my lifeline but still cannot BELIEVE 15min in the crib she was out cold. I never had to go back in and she slept for 2 hours ( along with myself and my friend ) what a productive afternoon for us . I haven't slept this much in nearly an year !! Ray is in for a lazy wife this weekend.
What a great day a surprising day, I have never been more proud of my daughter. Cannot wait for this to continue :) Lets hope tonight goes as well as last night......
Sleep Training Day 1
9.5 months ago if you told me my daughter wouldn't sleep I would of laughed. " My daughter will sleep though the night , she will never cry ( only if she wants something ) and will be the best little girl " . I got one thing right , my daughter ROCKS MY WORLD. She is fun , loving, and wants to explore everything. She crawls, says mama , and makes me smile even on those bad days. The only problem is she hasn't slept more then 3 hours consistently since birth ( a good night ).
Meet Mya at 3months old she had an allergic reaction to a vaccination and put on special formula to stop the vomiting caused by it. At 4 months she was diagnosed with reflux and put on medication ( prevacid) , at 4.5 months she slept exclusively in the lamb swing, at 6months she came into our bed. YIKES
When I contacted Debbie I had no hope that we will ever sleep again, I am beyond exhausted , I live on coffee and we walk around likes Zombies. Yesterday was Day 1 of sleep training , We are all prepared with our new schedule , new hope and an end in sight. We are following EVERYTHING to a tee . Last night Mya went in her crib for the first time. It is funny because for the first 12 min she didn't cry, she has a look on her face like " when are you coming back for me " she played , talked to her "FuFu" ( a bunny she cuddles ) and was sitting up. Minute 13 Sleep training began, she screamed for 5min , I went in told her we loved her rubbed her back and walked out . The screaming continued . I went in 10min later and told her we loved her rubbed her back and walked out. Then most amazing thing happened, 52 min in at ( 8:52pm) Mya feel asleep in her crib for the first time. A miracle in our house, we were scared to be too excited but truth be told we were over the moon. We sat watched big brother and relaxed. Then a funny thing happened we got scared. Scared she was hurt, wasn't breathing, who knows ?? Thats when my husband (Ray) and I went upstairs to check on her. SHE WAS PERFECT, cuddled up like a sleeping like a baby should.
I couldn't believe my daughter who has NEVER slept more then 3 hours slept in her crib with NO food , no Mommy , no Daddy ALL NIGHT. I didn't think we could do it, Myself listening to her cry , Ray having to wake up for work , and Mya my sweet sweet Mya. Don't get me wrong I didn't sleep very well, i missed her body next to me , her kicks , her hair pulling , her screams . She did wake up at 3am ( cried for 10min ), at 4am( cried for 6 min ) and at 5am ( cried for 9.5 min) and fell back asleep on her own. We woke her up for 7am..... Is this magic ?? I don't know , for the first time in 9.5months I feel like there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Now to tackle naps.
Follow Lauren as she blogs about her sleep training experience for her 9 month old, thats happening this week- August 17-24th, 2012