Thursday, May 22, 2008

Night One of Three

So Jayden had his 6 month doctors appt. yesterday. We are blessed that Jayden is healthy and happy. He weighs 20 lbs. is 30 inches long and his head size is off the charts. The doctor comforted me by saying that it is perportional so I shouldn't be worried. The whole time I was thinking of the movie, So I Married an Axe Murderer where he makes fun of his sons head by saying it is like a grapefruit on a toothpick.
After the weigh in she asked me about Jayden's sleeping habits. He has been waking up twice in the night since he was about a month old. He is hungry, we feed him, and then he goes back to sleep. Well, the doctor told me to look at him and said that his eating in the night has no value, he is getting up out of habit. She then gave me orders for the next three nights. On night one when he gets up we are supposed to let him cry for 20 minutes. She told me to set a timer to make sure I didn't go in his room when it "seemed" like 20 minutes. Then I am supposed to comfort him then leave. On night two I am supposed to wait 30 minutes then only go half way in the room and let him hear my voice to be comforted. The third night I wait 40 minutes then open the door, don't go in the room, but send my love from the door. She looked at me and made me promise to do this and said by day four we should be sleeping through the night.
OK so night one was tough. He woke at 11:30 and cried for about 45 minutes then he woke again at 3:00 a.m. for about 1 1/2 hours. He then woke up for the day at 6:30 a.m. because he was hungry. We both followed the rules and he survived and actually smiled at us this morning so he doesn't have a good memory yet. I am so tired this morning I almost fell asleep in the shower. A gal from Head Start came over today and said that she normally sees me so put together and liked seeing this side of me. I don't know to take that comment but told her this was one of those days that mothering was kicking my behind.
So we will see how tonight goes and report tomorrow. We WILL succeed and hopefully be blissfully rested parents a week from now, isn't that how it works? Will the stars align for us? Hopefully we will survive night two!

1 comment:

Kristine said...

Jayden is so cute. We have gone through this process with Jayden about 2 or 3 times. Each time he's getting a new tooth, he loses focus on his sleeping ability, but it does come back a little easier. I sure hope it works for you, because it's amazing how nice it feels to not wake up all night long. But then when he does, it's like your gonna die the next day. Yeah for long nights! Love your blog!