Early yesterday evening, I announced to my Facebook community, “Mindy is the new sheriff in town tonight.” I meant business; I couldn’t let that little girl run our household for one more night – I need my sleep! My plan was simple – keep her awake for as long as possible once we arrived at home.
I learned from the sitter that she had a great day, eating just about every 4 hours, and 4 oz each time. Rock on; that helped my plan! She slept on the way home, and I let her go a few extra minutes, waking her up at 5:30.
We played, and played and played! Quite honestly, I don’t know who had more fun! She spent over 20 minutes in her jumperoo, and when she tired of that, we moved on to the play mat. After that, we read a book and she hung out in her Bumbo seat. We then took the party outside, cruising around the yard and checking out every bit of nature. We looked at flowers and trees, watched cars pass by, counted ants, and discussed the growing grass. We even grilled dinner together! I let her nap during dinner, so we ate in peace for once – yippee!
To sum up the rest of the evening, she ate around 7:45, enjoyed a bath and fell asleep around 10:30. I really thought she’d wake up around midnight to eat, so I fell asleep on the couch with her. I was so surprised when she finally did wake up and I checked the clock only to find that it was 2 am! Sweet! And for the first time in a long time, I woke up to the sound of my alarm at 5 am … in bed!!!
This great night restores my hope and sanity and motivates me to get back to serious work on this sleep training business. On that, we’re working from two books, both recommended by friends and fellow moms. The first is The Baby Sleep Solution: A Proven Program to Teach Your Baby to Sleep Twelve Hours a Night by Suzy Giordano and Lisa Abidin … thanks, Heather! The second is The Happiest Baby on the Block: The New Way to Calm Crying and Help Your Newborn Baby Sleep Longer by Harvey Karp … thanks, Elena! I’ll keep you posted on how that goes – I’d love it if we could get her to sleep from 9 pm to 6 am using these methods!
Look out, Lily … this sheriff is tough and won’t back down now (Yeah right! Well, I can use SOME toughness, right!?)!