Why do I feel like jumping for joy???
Because after 2.5 years of sleeping in our bed…….Sarah has decided to sleep in her new big girl bed and has made it through the night without waking up or crawling in with us!! This is a MAJOR milestone for her….and for us:)
I know that the sleeping thing is a touchy subject and there are so many schools of thought and many people are quick to judge and tell you what is right or wrong, but until you are in a situation with a child who has sleep issues, you shouldn’t pass judgement.
We never had any sleeping issues with Nick…..he slept in his crib and in his room since the first day we brought him home from the hospital with no problems whatsoever. When Nick was a toddler, I had a couple of friends that told me they let their kids sleep with them and I could never understand why the let it go on as long as they did. Well……we found out the hard way when Sarah came along.
As a little infant she wanted to be near us and we had her in a tiny basinett right next to our bed. She woke up numerous times each night for feedings and in search of her Nu Nu(Pacifier) We moved when she was only 8 weeks old and once we got to the new house, we tried to get her set up in her own room.
At first she didn’t seem to mind, she still woke up a couple of times each night, but for 8 week old infants, this seemed to me normal. As time went on, she seemed to dislike her crib more and more. She would scream every time we tried to put her down. Sarah never even took naps in her crib. She typically slept in her swing or in her little carry seat. Bedtime became such a fight and with both Pat and I both working we dreaded sleepless nights and just started letting her sleep with us. I admit, it was the “easy thing to do” Once we caved, there was no turning back!!
Never did I think she would have been lying between us all this time and I am not sure if we had to do it all over again, we would do anything differently. At the time, we felt she needed to be with us to feel secure so we let it continue and felt that when she was ready we would officially move her out and take our bed back.
Well the time is here!!! She did really well and we were so proud of her…..we made a huge deal over it.
This was a major breakthrough…….now we need to work on the pacifier at bedtime. We don’t want to push too many changes on her at once and give her a little time yet, but the goal is to get her over it by the time we get our referral……which could easily be anothery 9 or 10 months……ugh!!!