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I just had to post a positive story for all those moms struggling with night time AP parenting...<br><br>
My DD who is 27mths old has amazingly started sleeping though the night, well I should say she does wake up some nights but does not ask for mommy or daddy, she just plays with her stuffed animal that she is sleeping with and goes back to sleep on her own! It is an amazing, Joyful time in our home!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/bouncy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="bouncy"><br><br>
She has one of the most complicated, crazy anti-sleep stories out there! I mean up like every hr and also up for 2-3hrs in the middle of the night as well during that first year. I really can't remember much of that first year<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> since i was soooo sleep deprived. The next year was better but not much. Still up 3-6 or more times a night for extended periods of time easily 30mins plus. My husband and I would switch off so that we could each get some sleep. It was crazy crazy bad! She was really tired also, just could not sleep. She slept with us until she was 16mths and at that point my husbands snoring was really keeping her up<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/footinmouth.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="footinmouth">. So we transitioned her into a Queen bed in her own room where I would sleep with her most of the night. Gradually over time the amount of wakings decreased. Currently some nights I sleep with her or my husband does and others we leave once she falls asleep. We were at just 1 waking/night for about 1hr total the last few months which was GREAT! Then all of a sudden she just stopped calling for us when she woke and either go right back to sleep or play a bit on her own with her stuffed toy<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/jumpers.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="jumpers">:. It was amazing to listen to on the monitor if I was not pretending to be asleep right next to her<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">.<br><br>
I know this transition also occurred in other parts of her life, she has moved away from being worn in my Mei Tai or pouch constently when out, will play in the other room for extended periods of time without me present and she will talk to people outside the immediate family. I think that since her self confidence has grown and been nurtured though AP she is ready to put herself back to sleep on her own and she also knows that if she does call us we will come ASAP no matter the time of the day or night! I just wanted to say how when I look back on the last 2yrs of parenting everything I have done to foster self confidence in my growing daughter has now come together in her her behavior day and night. She was just ready to do it and she did. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up"><br><br>
This has been going on for over a month now and I just can't contain my joy! Also I wanted to post to give hope to all those moms who are questioning their choice to be a fully AP family. It is worth it in the long run, my DD is growing into a kind hearted, gentle, confident, self assured person who knows that mommy and daddy will always be there for her day or night. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/treehugger.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Treehugger">:
 

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Thank you for sharing! I needed to hear that story this morning-after nursng 6 times last night and now heading off to work very blearyeyed. I'm glad things are going so well for your family!
 

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That's close to when my DS has started kinda sleeping mostly through (around 28 months). He was a horrible, horrible sleeper too. He still gets night terrors, but dealing w/ that is nothing compared to the up every 1-2 hours things. He does still move around alot in his sleep, though.
 

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That's an amazingly encouraging story!!! Congrats on your success and THANK YOU for sharing that there's an end in sight <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 
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