Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Outdated Info As Always

For the life of me, I just can't keep current with blogging. Oh well, I guess by now those of you who still read this don't expect anything less. So, without further ado: Outdated Info As Always.

Grayson has been keeping us on our toes lately (as you may have noticed by the lack of pictures and my frantic Facebook statuses). At about 2 1/2 months Grayson fully awakened from his sweet, newborn sleepiness and decided he no longer liked to be put to sleep for naps and bedtime. In fact, he has decided that he thoroughly HATES it. So, for the last 2 months, we have had quite the time of getting our dear Gray Boy to go to sleep. At first we naively thought that if we just swaddled him a little tighter, shushed a little longer, and rocked a little harder, that he'd give in. NOPE!

So after multiple trips to the pediatrician, dozens of conferences with lactation specialists, and 5 different sleep manuals, I reluctantly tried letting Gray "cry-it-out". Oh, if he'd only "fuss" or "protest" as people say. Nope! He screams loudly and for long periods of time. This has been going on for what seems like forever, but in reality has been about 2 weeks (and really only during the day for 1/2 week).

And then today...

Ahhh! He napped. After CIO for 25 minutes, he slept for 1 1/2 hours. Then, he only fought sleep for 10 minutes at his next 2 naps and slept a total of 2 more hours. Hallelujah. Now the question is: Will this be the new norm or just the eye of the storm? We'll just keep praying.

(One final note for those of you who think I've been hasty or cruel in letting my 4 1/2 month old cry for long periods of time, here is the list of what we tried before or in combination with "Crying-It-Out": swaddling, 1/2 swaddling, unswaddling, making the room cooler, making the room warmer, music, nursing, bottle feeding, pacifier, rocking, walking, patting, shushing, a stuffed animal, a blanket, car rides, stroller rides, the swing, letting him stay up until he crashes while playing, blackout shades, progressive waiting methods, burping, changing his diaper, and probably more things I can't think of right now.)