Monday, January 12, 2009

Sleep Training, Chapter Three: In Which Zack No Longer Requires Assistance to Fall Asleep!

From our big plane trip

Zack went down last night in minutes, with no fuss at all.  I put him to bed, he smiled at me, and I closed the door.  I heard nothing!  I am so, so proud of him!

I did the scheduled awakenings and they went perfectly.  I woke him at 10, 1, and 4, and each time he went back down with minimal fuss and it took mere minutes.  Good thing Jeff was awake for the 1:00 a.m. feeding, because I slept through my alarm.  So he saved the day and got me up.

Now it's my time to get ready for work, and I am doing it without also wrangling Zack, because he is blissfully asleep, most likely until 6:30 at the earliest.

I am so, so happy!  I had all kinds of mixed feelings about sleep training, but now that we're on this side of it, I think it's the best thing since babies were invented.  Doing this has also given me more confidence that Jeff and I will be able to handle all kinds of difficult parenting issues.  I know we're not done with bumpy nights, but wow, what a lot of progress, all over one weekend.  Jeff and I both slept in our bed last night and just kept the monitor on.  I slept sooooo well!  In my bed.  With my husband!  Hooray!


Jeannette said...

Hi Julie - have to say that I've been following this saga with bated breath! As you know, I didn't start the sleep training with Jonah until he was 14 months old and that was so incredibly heartbreaking. But I was at my wits end. I swore to myself that I would be better with Oona and I knew that I had to do it. I postponed, just like you did, but in the end it was so much easier than Jonah. Congratulations on getting it right the first try!!

Mamma Marion said...

Good for you! I knew Zach would catch on fast. He is a smart guy. We still need to wean Wes from his feedings.....

Julie said...

He just went down again in ten measly minutes. I am so stunned by his success!

Jeannette, I didn't really know you guys had to do the sleep training. I thought you just co-slept and then somehow it all worked out later.

DCD said...

YES! Of course he figured it out - genius that he is...

It is also so great for you guys because you do need your own time. Really psyched for you all!

Bonnie said...

just checking out your blog for the first time today. I'll add it to my google reader. Thanks for posting about this. Sleep training is always tough.

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