Friday, November 9, 2007

It's working

Just a quick update on the 'cry-it-out' method... It's working! So far we have only had one set back- I had to hold Landen until he fell asleep for his afternoon nap because I figured that after crying for an hour straight with no end in sight it would be better for us both! However, they only took 15 minutes to fall asleep when I put them down at 8:00 and they stayed asleep through the ENTIRE night!!!! It was the same for their morning nap... 15 minutes and they were zonked (s/p?)!
Needless to say I feel a slight renewal of my sanity. And for those of you that I have talked to most recently, good news, Adam is coming home early tonight!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Bed Time

When we started letting Preston 'cry-it-out' I had a really hard time listening to him cry. I couldn't imagine what could be worse than sitting outside your babies door and just letting them cry themselves to sleep. It took a few weeks but it worked and now Preston is such a good sleeper. When it's nap-time or bed time we just grab his blanket and his bunny, read him the story about "Oaky" and its lights out. This is the only thing that currently gives me hope-and I'll explain why.
Letting your baby cry seems cruel and unusual not just to the child, but to the parent. Now imagine how it feels to have to let TWO babies 'cry-it-out' in the same room! Not only does it seem to take twice as long, but it feels twice a cruel! I have to keep telling myself, it's okay, when they wake up they'll still love you, but I find myself having an overwhelming urge to cry also.
Now you may be asking "why are you doing this then." Well, I'll tell you, it's because if I have to take care of one or more screaming babies until after 10p.m. and then go to bed with a dirty house because I'm so exhausted from playing catch up all day from the night before and taking care of babies, I'm going to throw myself out a window (luckily we live in rambler so that wouldn't be too far to fall!)
Anyways... I just had to get that off my chest. Anyone who feels a need to smother me in sympathy, empathy, or to stroke my motherly ego, comments are welcome!

Preston, Landen and Jordan

Preston, Landen and Jordan