Well, I need to update on the sleeping progress. It seems I may have spoken a bit too soon. Shortly after the previous tactics worked, Little W came down with a virus and had a fever for around 4 days. During that time she was either very cranky or extremely lethargic. She ate more frequently, which I welcomed because I wanted her to get better!! That being said, she started waking up every 3 and sometimes even 2 hours at night– and yes– I fed her. The cycle goes on again.
Since then we have been trying to get her back to sleep without food, and sometimes I succeed and sometimes I give in. It is hard to get up every 10 minutes to calm her crying by holding or patting her, especially when I know if I feed her she will fall right back asleep (for at least 3 more hours). What worked the first time isn’t so seamless this time around, which is unfortunate, but I know that sometime we will get sleeping through the night again.
Little W just turned 8 months old. She does thing her own way… like sleeping through the night from 2.5 months until 6 months… and then deciding she would like to get up every 3 hours again. She has taken to crawling for real now and will take off down the hallway to see what she can find. She also has been practicing her pincher-grip (she had peas tonight) and has figured out how to “yell”. Believe it or not I prefer crying to her yelling, but once she figures it out (and gets bored, maybe) I know other things will come. It is so fun to watch her grow.