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.
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Follow Lauren as she blogs about her sleep training experience for her 9 month old, thats happening this week- August 17-24th, 2012