Sleep training-Night 1

Arya was a bit of a mess when I picked her up from daycare.  They said she had been cranky and tired all day and felt a bit warm.  They were thinking she was either getting sick or teething.

Great.

She was in pretty good spirits for the walk home,babbling and laughing at me.  When I got home I remembered I had to move my car (street sweeping) so I had to load her up in her cars eat, move the car, and walk home from the lot (the joys of single parenthood).  She was also in a pretty decent mood through this debacle.  When we got home I wolfed down some food while giving her one of those food pouch things.  Then I got her in pjs/sleepsack  and took her temperature.  It was slightly elevated at 99.8 but I decided she seemed OK and forged on with my sleep training plan.

I rocked her with a bottle until she was sleepy and put her in her crib.  She immediately flipped to her belly and started babbling.  I rubbed her back/tummy/head and she would put her head down for a few seconds and pop up.  I rolled her onto her side a few times (her preferred sleep position) but she wasn’t having it.

Then the crying started. I continued the rubs and soothing shush’s and told her I loved her.  I felt like a monster but trudged on.  After an hour, I laid on my bed next to her crib and told her I was still there.  Then I went back every 5-10 minutes for rubs and pats.  The screaming didn’t stop.  When we hit hour two, I was starting to doubt my plan but she did show some tiny signs of slowing down.  About thirty minutes later, she rolled onto her side and fell asleep.

I watched a bit of TV, ate some celebratory ice cream, and went to bed early expecting a bunch of wake-ups.  But, she slept through the night as wasn’t up until after 6!  I’m not sure if she was just so exhausted from screaming (or if my plan is working) but we will see tonight!

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