17 December 2006

Crow for Dinner, Humble Pie for Dessert

We did it. We did full-blown CIO for naps and bedtime last night.

It sucked. But at the same time, it was great.

For their morning nap, both Maddie and Riley cried for about 10 minutes, then both took great naps, over an hour each. Normally both of them top out at 45 minutes, one sleep cycle. They broke the barrier yesterday.

The afternoon nap was the killer. They both cried for 45 minutes. We checked on them, calmed them, and gave them kisses every 10 minutes. Once the fell asleep, they both slept great again.

At bedtime, we switched things up so that they ate at the beginning of their routine, then had baths followed by infant massage and PJs. Then, into the crib. If there was five minutes of crying, I'd be surprised. They slept until 1:00, cried a bit but less than ten minutes, then slept until 5:45.

I'm not going to lie: It was awesome.

And not only did they sleep great, but they were in their room, in their bed. This was the first time they did not sleep in our room and the first time in a long time they did not sleep in their car seats.

I just put them down for a morning nap. Five minutes of crying and they are out.

I don't want to get cocky. I know that CIO can be derailed by illness, teething, developmental spurts, etc. But for now, even for that one night, I think it was a good, if heart-wrenching decision for all of us. We all got more sleep, and that's a good thing.

Even better, perhaps now I can write about something besides sleep or lack thereof.

MMM . . . pass that humble pie, please.

10 comments:

Rachel said...

I'm so glad you guys got some sleep!

Critter said...

De-lurking here to say that's great news for all of you. Sleep is good. Especially for moms and dads. So they can help their sweet babies learn to sleep well too.

Congratulations on being brave enough to give CIO a good try.

Things will get better.

Yankee, Transferred said...

Sweet! I'm so glad you slept-all of you! Good mama, good babies. Everybody wins.

Angela said...

Way to go, that's awesome, I'm so happy it worked for you. I have 2 kids 9 and 5 and we did CIO and it worked beautifully. Keep on with what you're doing, I know it's really hard, but it's definitely worth it. I have quite a few friends who wouldn't/couldn't do CIO and I'm telling you some of their kids are now 5+ years old and still not sleeping through the night, I wouldn't want to wish that kind of hell on my worst enemy!

bg's Little Sis said...

I haven't been able to post a reply for over a week, but I've been reading:)

So happy it's working out for you all, *fingers crossed*. Getting back into the swing of things after illness wasn't too bad for us with the babies. I agree on the feeding, you know when they're hungry, they'll know when they're ready to sleep through.

Wishing you many restful nights!

-Lil'sis

OTRgirl said...

Hey, humble pie after a good night's sleep seems a great trade! ;-) I'm so glad you've figured something out.

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