Woo! It’s almost over! Keep reading to see who won the battle.
Still not 100% herself I didn’t push the crying at nap time. She dozed off while nursing. I held her for about 20 minutes, layed her down and she wasn’t having it. I desperately needed to wash my hair so I handed her off to B. He held her for a while and put her down.
(Doing night 5 timing)
Bath time was ok then she nursed until her eyelids got heavy. I laid her down, she wasn’t happy. Cue the years. I’m sitting in the next room and I can hear her jumping up and down. She fell asleep in about 13 minutes.
(Using night 6 timing)
17 minutes, 20 minutes, 25 minutes, 25 minute subsequent waits
Tonight I put Camille in the shower with me. Bath time has been quite challenging lately. She was calm and relaxed when I got out the shower. After pajamas, books and nursing B put her in the crib. She cried but the cries sounded sleepy.
After 20 minutes I went in the room, gave her a kiss, turned on her night time music and she laid down. I tried something different a turned out the nightlight. She was sleep 2-3 minutes later. I’m winning. In tired AF but I’m winning.
Using night 7 timing.
Y’all, let’s discuss how relaxed she had to be. Let’s just say she pooped so much after her dinner we considered throwing the highchair in the trash. Ok, moving on. Bath, nursed, pajamas, daddy kisses, 2 short books, night time music, all lights out = sleep within 10 minutes! 10 minutes! I feel so relieved. The stress and heartache paid off. This was tough but by night 3 or 4 I was better able to handle the crying.
The Ferber Method is officially over and we won! Tonight she was really sleepy. I laid her in the crib, turned on her nighttime music, covered her up and she was out in about 2 minutes!!!! Yeesssssss!!!!!!!!!
Overall thoughts – The Cry It Out Method does work but your heartstrings have to be able to handle it. It’s not east but I can assure you it’s worth it.
Update – It’s been about two weeks and things are still going good. Camille will lay down after out night time routine, I turn on her music, turn off the lights and close the door. She goes to sleep! Yes! She’s gotten so good at this that now if she cries I know something is wrong. I’m so proud of her and myself.
Because I stuck with it I’m gaining back some me time. I can shower alone and take my time, read, actually eat dinner, spend more time with B and get better rest. Camille still wakes at night around 4. She nurses and I sometimes doze off. When I feel those little feet on my chest I put her back in the crib and she sleeps ’til about 8.
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