I’m poking Murphy’s Law in the eye right now by saying this, but, A slept through the night on Wednesday night. Yes. You heard that right. And it is cold right now in Texas so hell may be freezing over.
But anyway, yeah, he did it. Since this post, we had been attempting sleep training again. So if you are trying to do the math in your head, that's approximately 39 days since Thanksgiving that we’ve been letting A cry at night. Our nightly schedule usually goes like this: easy to bed around 7-7:30, first wake up b/n 10-11pm. This is when we let him cry. Sometimes it takes less than 5 minutes. Sometimes its on and off for two hours. His next wake up between 2-3am I get up and feed him. Then he sleep till 6:30-7am. Last night he cried for a minute or two at 10:30 and I vaguely remember hearing him fuss in the middle of the night but it was so short lived I guess I didn’t turn over to check the monitor b/c I didn’t hear him again and went back to sleep. Next thing I know I’m waking up at 6am when B gets up for work crazy worried if my child is still alive.
We’ve had some long stretches of sleep from him at night. But I count on one hand how many of those have happened. 4, if you were wondering. He has gone 8 hours without eating before either from 7pm to 3am or 11pm to 7am. Not once has he gone 12+ hours without a night feed. Every single night for the past 10.5 months, I have gotten up with A at least once. But Wednesday night? Oh Wednesday night. You will be forever beholden in our memories as the night that A teased us with a good night’s sleep.
Have no fear reader, I didn’t expect this to happen again, although B and I racked our brains thinking: what did we do different that night? Can we replicate it as to produce the same results?
Last night, dinner was the same. I gave A a cup of milk to drink like Wednesday night (that was the first time we had done that). We did our night routine. B even put him in the same pajamas and socks (he tried to put him in another set but I made him change A back). We changed up his pacifier last night too so the same plug was used.
So how did he do? Up at 11pm and I fed him at 11:30. I was just so tired I just gave in. Then up again at 3:30. Again, he got fed. Then back asleep until the morning.
I didn’t have high hopes that he would repeat Wednesday night. I knew it was an anomaly. Still, a little tiny part of me thought, maybe we have passed a hurdle. But alas, A was just using psychological warfare on us. The kid is smart, what can I say?
Anybody else have kids that don’t sleep? Is there any hope out there?