Sunday, February 21, 2010

BabyWise

So here we are. Addi is just shy of 5 months old and she hasn't slept through the night since she was 3 months. Her usual schedule is she will fall asleep at 10 and sleep till 10, but wake up at 4 then 8 to eat. Don't get me wrong, I'm getting plenty of rest and have a lot of energy throughout the day, but the other problem is Addi cannot fall asleep without me right next to her. :( It's totally my fault, and for the longest time I preached on the joys and benefits of co-sleeping, till this weekend. Josh and I decided to have a date night and go see a movie and have dinner. Scott and Jeanette came to babysit and everyone was so excited. Apparently the whole time we were gone which was from about 6-10, Addi did not eat ANYTHING. Actually she managed to get down some cereal, but that was it. And if you know Addi, she gets very angry when she's not fed. So...they drove around the block with her for probably an hour to get her to sleep. When we came home she had been crying and literally nothing they could do, save driving her around, would calm her down. As soon as I held her she was back to her happy self even giggling and talking. I was semi-embarrassed for her behavior, although I know she's just a baby, I felt like I have created a monster. Anyways, this week we are starting BabyWise. I don't know if anyone has ever heard of this, but it's a great philosophy toward parenting. The author believes that the best gift you can give your child is a secure relationship with your spouse. That gives the child security and all things good that go with that. So...their claim is your child will be putting themselves to sleep, sleeping 10-12 hours a night (for babies Addi's age) taking naps like clockwork in a couple of weeks of starting the program. Now, it told us to be prepared for some crying. But, I think we have both realized if we are ever going to go out again we better do this, because after this weekend, I think folks are a little scared now to be around Addi when I'm not there. So please pray for us this week, we will need it!!! I really hope it's a smooth transition and all parties are not emotionally scarred for life. Mainly me and Josh who are major babies when it comes to hearing our baby cry, which is why were in this predicament in the first place!

2 comments:

  1. Good luck this week!!! I'm sure all three of you will do great!

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  2. Good luck! Trey couldn't put himself to sleep until he was almost a year old and then we had to make him cry it out and they only get tougher the older they get!

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