Sunday, March 7, 2010

Sleep, Glorious Sleep

SP and Blueberry enjoying some well-earned rest.

Last most of you probably heard, SP was a great night sleeper. And he was. I'm not sure exactly when he first 'slept through the night', but it was early. It was great. We got very cocky.

Then when he was about 5 1/2 months old, things started going downhill. The descent was very gradual, so we didn't jump on things straight away. But fast forward another 6 weeks and we were doing 2 night feeds and up to 3 resettles every night. Arg!

About a week ago, I decided that something had to give, but wasn't exactly sure how to go about it. Then SP got a cold. Then I got a cold. Then on Thursday I was wandering around the federal government's Raising Children website** and happened upon their recipe for controlled comforting.*** There wasn't anything there that I hadn't heard before, but the step-by-step approach really hit the nail on the head for me. So on Friday morning, we got started.

I won't bore you with the minutae, but last night SP was put to bed at 6:15pm, was resettled very briefly at 3:30am, and got up for the day at 5:50am (we're early risers, so this is fine).


*For those who may be wondering: yes, we do follow SIDS guidelines and put his feet at the bottom of the cot with the sheet tucked securely. He just doesn't stay that way. 
** Highly recommended. This is one government initiative that I'm more than happy to fund with our tax dollars. 
*** Perhaps 'controlled crying' isn't PC enough for them?

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