Baby Whispering Day 1
Here it is, day one of the Baby Whispering regime. And it feels like a regime. I keep imagining Genevieve and I are in a makeover movie and, with a whisk of a mascara wand (and the requisite removal of the glasses) she'll be a sleep-through-the-night baby. So, here is the good, the bad and the ugly, in reverse order:
I'm on very little sleep after last night's drama on top of 6 sleep-deprived months. It doesn't get uglier.
This pick up, put down routine instead of just consoling her to sleep or letting her cry it out feels like it prolongs the agony. Gennie shrieks, arches her back, and fights all the way up and all the way back down. I felt like I was doing barbell lifts.
She went down for two naps today, each nearly 2 hours, but interrupted by some (shortish) screaming sessions, during which I picked up, put down, ad infinitum.
And now! She's sleeping. She has been since 7pm! And it's nearly 10pm. She hasn't slept 3 hours in a row, day or night, since she was a newborn. Plus she had those 2 naps.
Can I tell you that today, minus the terrible shrieking during the "settling down" for nap, she was so happy and bright-eyed and playful? Maybe I'm just telling myself something I desperately wish to believe, but I sensed she wanted this, too, that the constant snacking and light sleeping was dragging her down, too.
Back to the Bad
I have to wake her up in 45 minutes for her "dream feed". Then, we are going to try to go until 6:30 or 7am without a nursing session. This could be a trying night. Good thing my husband and I prepared for it by watching "Get Shorty". We were supposed to be sleeping to gather up our energy for what lays ahead, but we felt too giddy with both children down...