Saturday, June 16, 2012

No More Tears

I really hate the 'cry it out' method.
Really, really.
Adelei was doing so good! 
For a little over a month now, she has been sleeping through the night. 
Around 7:30 I give her an 8 oz bottle. When she finishes it, I put her in her crib, and she drifts off to sleep until morning.
Don't get me wrong, there would be times that she would wake up, whine a few minutes, and then go back to sleep. When we first moved into our new place, for a few nights she would wake up after a few hours because she was scared. I totally understood that. It took some getting used to for all of us.
But that was almost a month ago.
For the past few nights, she's been going down & getting back up after 30-45 minutes. 
Of course I would go get her because that wasn't like her. 
She couldn't possibly be scared again?
I don't know what was up, but after about 3 nights of her getting up several times, I decided it was time to let her 'cry it out'. 
Ugh, I know it's what needs to happen so she can comfort herself and not depend so much on me to do that, but it sucks to listen to.
It's heart breaking, quite frankly, and it takes all of my willpower to not go get her, rock her, sing to her, love on her.
But just when I think I've reached my limit...just when I'm about to run down the hallway and get my baby girl...
And then I knew that I did the right thing.
That letting her cry for 5 minutes was truly for her benefit.

1 comment:

Optimistic Liz said...

I know the CIO method is super hard! I had to kinda of adjust it, Evelyn would be up for 2 or more hours screaming and I didnt want to make her feel like I abandond her. I would go in there and not pick her up, put the blanket over her and turn her sound machine on and tell her she was ok. She did pretty good with that. I made sure that I wouldnt do it until it was like an hour into it and then every hour after.
I have to do it again though since now she wakes up at 5 am wanting a bottle. Ahh. the joys :)