Good Sleep = Good Mom
We started some sleep training around our house. I’m terrible at sleep training. Someone asked me advice about it the other day. I laughed at her and told her I was the worst person on earth to ask about kids sleeping through the night. Case in point: Lucas slept through the night when he was two. Josh was born two months later. Josh slept through the night when he was two and a half. Kate slept through the night when she was two weeks old (obviously a fluke).
But the other day I read this blog post and I thought, “What? It’s possible for a twelve-week-old baby to sleep for 12 hours!!! Then, I thought that maybe it was possible for me to teach Audrey to sleep through the night. Also, I read the book Bringing Up Bébé last summer, and that gave me some ideas and hope too. So I decided to give it a try. The first night she slept 10 hours (waking up twice – once at 3:33 am and once at 4:44 am, before she settled in until 7:00 am). Ten whole hours! It was dreamy! And the next day I turned from monster mom into a person who is actually nice to be around. The kids and I were joking and having fun and I was better able to deal with the problems that did come up. Three cheers for sleep!
Last night wasn’t nearly as successful, but it was because she didn’t really get a nap all day, so she fell asleep in her clothes at 6:30 pm. When she woke up at 2:30 am her bed was wet because I hadn’t changed her before she went to sleep for the long haul. But still, it was eight hours! I’m so excited! I might become a real person again!
Here’s Kate with her the other day. I kept hearing Kate say to the boys, “Can you please be a little bit quieter for the baby?” I finally went in the room to see why the baby needed so much quiet, and saw that Kate had gotten her to sleep. So sweet! She’s such a little mother!