Running, talking, and now… sleeping!
A few days after Little W’s first birthday we moved her into her own room. The room that had harbored her toys, clothing, and newborn-worn rocking chair now holds her little bed- and she sleeps.
It has been a long road. Little W slept so well until 6 months, just after returning from our first trip down to Florida. She started waking up every other hour- and I nursed her. It went on and on- I got more and more used to running on broken sleep. But we pressed on and have come out victorious! Her night time feedings slowly changed to night time cuddles- 3 then 2 then 1. The last week or two she was comforted by just a minute of cuddles before drifting back to sleep on her own. I knew we were going in the right direction. I was only feeding at 5AM – and did that two nights while she was in her own room. The 3rd night I just picked her up when she fussed, cuddled for 1 minute, and then put her back down. Success. Last night (the 4th) she slept from 8PM – 8:45AM. Straight through. Not even a fuss as she found a more cozy spot. Finally we made it through, just past the first year, and in our own way. (No crying it out, No “baby-wise”- just day by day dealing with needs and testing boundaries.)
I can tell a difference already in myself- I feel sort of normal!