Thursday, May 7, 2009


Last night was the first night the little guy spent the whole night in his own crib in his own room. Major achievement. I left him to cry himself to sleep at 8:00 pm. This is what followed (after 30 painful minutes of screaming):

  • 8:30 pm - asleep
  • 10:15 pm - awake to eat
  • 12:30 am - awake to eat
  • 3:30 pm - awake to eat
  • 5:00 am - awake to eat and a diaper change
  • 8:30 am - awake for the morning

I am going to have to do the cry it out thing, or "extinction" as Dr. Weissbluth calls it. Or Richard Ferber's method. But I figured I'd start with getting him in his own room. Tonight I should start with the crying. It's just not easy as the babe's room is right next to the little guy's room and noise travels. The whole family may not be getting much rest for the next few days. But something has to give.

Today was our last day with the babysitter we've had since January. She's done the semester and is heading home for the summer. The babe decided to say goodbye in an inappropriate fashion.After refusing to help with clean up time, the babe got a time out (from the babysitter). The babe, who didn't like this, slapped the babysitter in the face. I'm too tired to even get into this today.


Anonymous said...

There is NO way that kid NEEDS to eat 4 times in the middle of the night.. I would be ruthless. Once MAX and water otherwise..

GOOD Luck!!!

Anonymous said...

It is the very last milk in the breast that contains the most fat and is most filling. The milk that comes in the beginning is watery and full of protein. Feeding too often and switching breast too fast leads to a kid that wants to eat alot more (because the calories in the first milk are much fewer) and more colic because of the very high protein content. They recommend here one breast/ feeding and 4 hours between feedings.. if you absolutely want to feed several times during the 4 hours use the same breast the whole time.

Sending love and support over the ocean to ya!