After weeks and weeks of a crumbling sleep schedule, Abi finally did the miraculous act – she slept all the way through the night.
I don’t know if it’s some kind of sleep regression thing going on (55-week, 13 month sleep regression…it’s a thing, really) or if I’m just too tired to stick with anything. It started like it did the last time she went through this – rocked to sleep, as soon as her back hits her mattress she’s awake and crying. So we moved her to our bed. She’d fall asleep in our bed and I’d lay there and read for a while and then transfer her to her crib where she’d wake up a few times a night. Then she couldn’t get transferred easily and we’d end up on the spare bed in Abi’s room. It was like she didn’t want to be by herself. Separation anxiety?
So I read about this new technique and we tried it last night. I rocked her a bit and then put her in her crib and sat in a chair where she could see me while she cried. I’d reassure her and tell her to lay down – which she did immediately. It’s a little unnerving to have someone to instantly do exactly what you tell them to with out asking. She’d lay there and cry for a while then stand back up and kind of drape her left arm over the crib rail and lean her head back. And the yawns, oh man. There were some serious yawns. But it only lasted about an hour. Not so much crying but more like complaining and usually I can handle that OK.
But she fell asleep. And continued to sleep. Until 6 this morning. Like the cosmic irony that is my life, I couldn’t fall asleep last night until well after midnight. I read, I took a hot bath, I drank a beer. Finally slept and woke up around 4 – now I’m worried that I haven’t heard from her…is she OK? I check on her and she’s fine, of course.
We’ll see what tonight brings? I mean really, how boring are other people’s sleep problems? Geesh, I need a hobby.