Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Sleep Training, take two

Nate was really sick a few weeks ago and his sleeping got off-track. Our trip to New York this past weekend didn't help; he ended up sleeping in bed with us at night. Now we're home, and the hammer came down.

It is much harder this time than it was the first go-round. I was able to comfort myself last time with the understanding that nothing except the boob was going to comfort the little man. And it's true; if Stewart or I tried to rub his back, or hold and cuddle him, it just seriously pissed him off.

Now my mere presence can comfort him, and it's really hard to deny it to him. Plus I had the experience of him sleeping with us over the weekend, and it wasn't all bad. The sweetest part was when he'd claw his way into my arms, lay himself on top of me, and fall asleep on me.

Am I doing the right thing, having him in his own room? I was 100% sure before, but now I'm not. But I still think it's the lesser of two evils, so I stuck it out. He cried for about a half hour from 11 - 11:30, and that was it - woke up cheery at 7:15.

Will I regret this when I'm older, missing this sweet time with him? I might; I already do. I don't know. I'm making the decision that I hope is right, for him and for us. I know that's all I can do.

1 comment:

crazedmommy said...

It's so funny how our situations are so similar.
Kyla's been in our bed on and off since her birthday. With every sickness, separation anxiety and nightmare. She sleeps with us about 3-4 nights a week.

I was just saying to Dan last night that I don't actually mind it. While it's not something I want to encourage...I want to be there for her. I love her smell, her breathing, her cuddling. And he does to.

She was so independent in her crib for 8 months. Never slept in our bed. And often we just wished we could go in and get her and put her in our bed. But she didn't need us then.

Do what works for you and your family. You can always change your mind.