I tracked DD's sleep last night, and despite the progress we've made over the last 10 days, it was a bad night. It was extra hard to have to write down all the times, but I stuck with it, becuase I really wanted to see the pattern. Here is it:
Nurse at 7:00, put her down in crib at 7:25
wake 8:02, nurse, crib at 8:08
wake 10:20, DH rocked her, crib 10:30
wake 11:15, self soothed back to sleep immediately
wake 11:30, self soothed back to sleep immediately
so far, so good, right?
this is where it gets hairy
wake 1:50, nurse, crib 2:05 (this is where I would normally bring her in bed with me for the night, but I'm trying to wean that, as well)
wake 3:00, UP AND ACTIVE UNTIL 4:30 (during this time, I rocked, I nursed, I rocked, I laid down with her, etc etc etc, she was going for none of it. I finally wore her down by sheer will of rocking rocking rocking rocking rocking rocking.... )
6:15, up for the day
Needless to say, I was
this morning. Bummer.
But typing this out has made me realize that we did have a great success with the 2 self-soothings back to sleep.
AND, I don't think its a coincidence that they were right after DH put her down. The constant presence of the boob can't be helping, yk? It was really encouraging for him, which is great, because I could use the help. He has done little to no nighttime parenting up until now (DD is 10 mo old
) and I'm worn out. He is now enthusiastically offering to do the earlier nightwakings so I can get more of a break, or even a 4-5 hour chunck of sleep if I go to bed at a decent hour. This is major progress for our family!
Of course, I wish it had happened sooner, but better late than never. I'll gladly take it!
I guess I'm not feeling so bad about it anymore. I guess we're doing pretty well. Patience patience patience....