ohhhhhh i hope this is a good thing. letting sam "cry it out" to get to sleep. we're hoping that he'll learn to go to sleep, and we won't have to rock him every time--it has taken an hour or more to get him to conk out. i'm learning to be patient, but i think that rocking him for every nap and each time he wakes up at night is totally draining. emotionally and physically.
most of the time, i can put faith in what we are attempting...i read some journal articles that explain how there is no emotional damage that you do to your child by letting him/her cry it out...but what about me? i'm pretty sure that I am going to have emotional damage from the whole experience.
but the doc said it was ok...and she's good...and that with sam's temperament (strong-willed aka "spirited" aka STUBBORN depending on how you want the frame it), it would probably be effective...and it would take a week or so. it's day 5...and at times, it would seem he's getting the idea, and then other times, not so much. this is one of thos "other times" i'm hiding in my room w/ the laptop, my mp3 player (dorky knitting podcasts!), and chocolate. i didn't plan on the chocolate, i found it here...doesn't everyone have chocolate in the bedroom?
that was yesterday, and things are much better today. he doesn't hate us. see? pardon the messy-ness in the background. some things are more important than housework.
one bad naptime and i get all doomsday...he had an AWESOME night of sleep (8 until 8 with no wakeups--well, none that he made us aware of) and consequentally, so did we. phew.
and my mother in law has kidnapped the baby for the afternoon, so i had things all set up at 9am so i could get crafty--here you see the space heater (back room is chilly!), supplies for a new bag i'm going to TRY and make, chocolate, and mug for coffee.
not pictured is the ginormous tub of guacamole that i made up for the occasion...when it's cooold and dreary out, you need to have food that tastes like summer. mmm! hopefully i'll post with a finished bag a la this tutorial...and more HAPPY BABY pics!