Saturday, February 14, 2009

He Sleeps!

Now that Zack is a year old and it's been... oh... a year and 3 months or so since my last full night's sleep, I decided it was finally time to take that step and let Zack start sleeping on his own. (those extra 3 months were when I was giant and couldn't sleep because of my giant kicking belly)

A few months back we attempted to let him go to sleep on his own but after a lot of tears and grief- I gave up. I caved. He won! I went back to waking up every 2-3 hours to breastfeed and rock him back to sleep. Since then, I just couldn't bring myself to try again.

Then, last week I was visiting with some of the ladies in my ward at our "Mom-n-Tot" activity. They assured me that it would be OK and I was not a bad mom if I let him cry for a while.

So, I prepared myself for some long nights. Jason even went and bought some ear plugs so he would still be able to survive his rotations. Thursday night was the night... 9:00 came... we read 3 stories... I put him into bed...........

It worked!!!!!

He cried for no more than 15 minutes. I was actually watching the clock the whole time and if he had cried for one more minute I was done. I was like a runner, waiting for the race to start but the gun never went off. He was crying and then, suddenly, he wasn't!

He only woke up once that night. I sat in my room again, ready for the clock to run out on his crying time but once again he went back to sleep in under 15 minutes. Since then it's been smooooooth sailing.

Don't get me wrong, he still wakes up. He just only wines for a minute or two and goes right back to sleep.

I'm such a proud mom!!!!

My little boy is growing up! He learned to sleep!

I feel like I can now take on the world- I have conquered the non-sleeping child.


Tami said...

Good for you! This is a HUGE milestone. I think not only do the parents sleep better but I think by this point the kid sleeps better too. You did it! Woohoo!!

Melinda said...

I love that "on top of the world" feeling. I'm so happy that Lizzie sleeps okay, just getting me up once (if I'm lucky) or twice. We'd love to have you over again at an un-nap time!