Here we go. Its training day. We had a great day naps were perfect. She was still swaddled. Its time to get rid of the swaddle shes rolling onto her side and im just scared of her rolling right over. So its time!
Shes been sleeping through without food for at least 5-6 weeks. Her big obstacle to overcome is going to be her hands. She is always sucking on her hands. I dont mean her thumb i mean both hands clenched together sucking on them for dear life!!!
As it was approaching 9pm i was starting to get a knot in my stomach. I instinctively texted Debbie. "Great!! im nervous!!!" her reply "She will do great!". I know, I know. But Debbie hates crying just as much as I do. Whenever shes over and DD lets out a 2 sec cry she says" Oh no, Shes crying" to which i reply, "i know, Shes ok" but just like me. We both don't like to hear babies cry. We just know how great the end outcome is.
Well bedtime is now here. Bath, Massage, PJ's, Sleep sac and feed.
10:04 - Hug kiss and with butterflies in my tummy. I placed her in her crib. She's just staring around like "what is going on here?"
10:08 - sucking on her hands like mad. just as i predicted. Seriously. I can hear the sucking from my room across the hall lol.
10:20 - the cry here we go! .... or not... or yes.. or no... (this continued for 10 minutes)
10:30 - I was on the phone with a client so DH did the first check. Offered her her soother.
10:33 - ASLEEP!!!
Not bad.. Lets see if she wakes through the night. If she does... while im waiting .. i'll be blogging. For those of you that have done the training.... We will be starting session 2!!! Im less nervous now. This chicky's gonna rock it!
Make mommy proud baby girl!
12:25 - she's up…. and yelling for us. Arms flailing, legs kicking.
12:35 - silence. i was about to get out of bed and go check on her. BUT her arms are by her side and she's still..... she's asleep!!! i didnt have to go in!!! YAY!!!
good night.. Im going back to sleep!
1:23 up and yelling off and on.
1:40 Session 2 check. (Theres a big span cause she wasnt crying consistent. it was very off and on. I gave he her soother now and she's gone back to sleep almost instantly
OH BOY!!! here we go!!
2:10 Shes up again Session 3 starting
2:25 - i go in to check on her. still not Crying... just yelling LOUDLY. (but not loud enough to wake DH… )
2:55- yup... still up. (im pooped) gotta tire herself out soon. With the amount of kicking and flailing shes doing. Im wanting my swaddle back at this point. BUT no turning back or the above would all be pointless.
3:00 she may be running out of steam.... maybe .. nope. Go figure my child have this much stamina.
310-asleep. With her hand in her mouth.
350 rolled onto her side and somehow got her soother into her mouth. But not asleep.
400 still up on her side. Trying to roll onto her tummy which just makes me nervous.
410: ASLEEP! She keeps jolting bc she's starting to roll onto her back.
Fingers crossed cause I'm exhausted. I didn't anticipate this.
430. Awake poor thing just doesn't know what to do. Wants to sleep on her side but keeps rolling back. I feel for her cause when I go in to see her she holds my hands as if saying. "What the heck do I do with these things" (from now till the next check not too sure what was happening as i was dozing)
600- asleep on her side
8am. Awake, happy and ready to start her day!! Momma however... Is ready for a nap. In changing her i noticed she was kicking so much she literally kicked out of her PJ. I called Debbie in the morning to give her an update. Even myself as a trainer likes knowing i have support and hearing the things i know. Even as a medic. I can help others but sometimes when it comes to treating/helping yourself and your family its good to hear your own advice from someone else. She reminded me that her night was normal. I really did think she was going to breeze through and i didn't expect she would be up as much. BUT its a big milestone she has hit. Rolling. Its her first of many and i know as much as i would love to keep her swaddled more that the training is what needs to be done to keep her safe. What i did like though is that the times i did check on her. There were never tears. She was never crying. She was frustrated that her arms didn't stay still and when i went in to see her she didn't ever cry louder when i left. A big difference when i did the training without nurturing my son.
Nap 1 day 1
I've kicked DH &DS out to go watch trains in the hopes of a good nap for both DD and I.
So... We have done our routine. I'm currently feeding. She had a great morning even though her night was rough. Nice big feed and she's out!!! Time 10:05
1035-30 minutes into her nap. She's awake. Now we wait. Lets see what she can do.
10:55 - 20 minutes later. Im going in to check on her and offer her her soother.
11:00 - the soother falls out, but no crying.
11:03 - She's asleep. Startling herself a lot but falling back to sleep on her own.
11:15 - awake again. Poor thing. She's so annoyed! AHA! she found her hands. Fingers crossed. Mine not hers!
11:20 (her 3/4 mark) her hands soothed her back to sleep.. . . The amount of jolting is unreal. (I'm a subscriber to the summer infant video monitor channel. i watch it non stop. lol) Its amazing to watch her sleep and cycles. It also shows me just how important the swaddle was. She was able to learn how to soothe herself without having to worry about her hands. Now she can use her skill to help her through this milestone. She's literally jolting every minute. BUT its 11:27 and she hasn't cried. she's doing great! She's ASLEEP
1145-We have reached the end of her nap time. But since she didn't nap much I'm giving her a little extension and will definitely be making a big deal about her making it to the end of her nap.
TIME TO WAKE HER UP!!!! YAY BABY GIRL! - - All smiles and happy!
Nap 2 Day 1
Nap routine done. She's in her crib asleep. I'm hoping to be able to take a good nap myself. I hope. Her lil hands started curled up by her face and have slowly slid down by her sides. Good luck baby girl I know u can do it!!
WOOT WOOT!! 2hrs… not a peep!!!
Nap 3 Day 1
Routine/feed/crib -drumroll. Asleep. That's my girl!!
30 min in and she's up. A little fuss and she's sucking on her hands. Trying so hard...
After 20 minutes of fussing and tries to roll over and failed attempts to stay asleep. She's finally asleep. 20 more minutes to make it to her nap minimum. It was a struggle for her. But she made it.
Nap 4 Day 1
Routine/feed. In bed. Milk drunk. - - She made it to her minimum
Bedtime night 2
In bed asleep as normal. No crying tonight. Arms spread out… fingers crossed. I KNOW SHE CAN DO IT!!
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