2.08.2007

32 Minutes

Things you can do in 32 minutes: wash a load of laundry, cook dinner, shower & dress, watch Everybody Loves Raymond (love that show), wash your car... and a million and one other things. What did I do for 32 minutes last night??? I sat in bed and listened to my precious Baby Dear cry and cry and cry her little head off. It was one of the most difficult things I've ever done.

See, here's a little background. She's just over 10 months old and was mostly sleeping through the night for the past several months. Occasionally she would wake up and hubby would rock her and she'd fall right back to sleep. No big deal. BUT... recently she started waking up several times a night and being completely, totally WIDE AWAKE. It sometimes takes hours to get her back to sleep. And naps.... hmm not going so well either. She was taking 2 two hour naps a day... now we're really lucky if we get 1 of those in.

I have never been a fan of letting a baby "cry it out." And we really haven't done that with her these past 10 months. I just wasn't comfortable with the idea of leaving her when she was crying. I mean, really, she's a baby and night or day, if she needs mama or dada, then she gets us. Maybe that's part of the problem or maybe she's just teething... who knows? But we are walking zombies with this recent loss of sleep... especially hubby since he's usually the one up with her half the night.

Sooo... on to Plan B. Last night hubby and I decided to draw the line and let her cry. She wailed for 32 minutes. It was really tough to do, but I kept telling myself that she was really okay and this would be best for her. She needed to realize it was sleep time and was not okay to be up all night. After the agonizing 32 minutes, she fell asleep. She woke up one other time, cried for a minute and went back to sleep. Then she slept till 6 this morning!!! Yea 6 is late for her. Lately she's been up at 5 every single morning.

Well, I don't know if this will work. I'm hoping that each night will be alittle better than the previous and eventually she will get it. But, yea I'm not that lucky.