Friday, 25 May 2012

Super Jack 2.0 - The sleeping

I've had no blog to stick this one into yet so it is going to be here out of place in a blog about sleeping haha! I just had to share their similar smile as they battle over the placemat. 
Well now that our little man is over 6 months old we're more inclined to focus his sleep patterns.  His sleeping through the night went seriously downhill at about 3 months old and just never improved since then.  Through reading a lot we've heard that a sleep regression at the age is very common although it doesn't make it any better to live through.

If I were to include appropriate pictures for this blog subject there would be ultimately depressing. It would either be a crying baby or a crying Momma as we figured out our sleeping patterns. Instead I'm sharing Jack sleeping all over the place! This one is in the car - we had to prop him up so he wouldn't kink his neck!
Now that we are finished moving/packing/unpacking we have the energy to do some sleep training with Jack. Our big boy is experiencing a sleep upgrade - less feedings, him fallings asleep without assistance and lengthening out his sleep cycles.  This was honestly one of the hardest things for us so far as parents. It really relied on us being strong while Jack wasn't always cooperative because he certainly doesn't know what is best for him.

Sleeping at Grammie Auntie Gails house during dinner time.
We weren't comfortable with "cold-turkey" crying out method so fortunately the book (What to Expect When Expecting) had an excellent suggestion called "Ferberizing". It works like this: "The first night, put your baby down awake, provide comfort and then leave the room. Don't stay with the baby long enough for them to fall asleep and do not pick them up. If the baby begins to cry, as they almost certainly will, let the baby cry for 5 minutes then go back in and reassure. Reset the clock and repeat until the baby has gone to sleep. Over a period of time extend the amount of time the baby is alone"(paraphrased from our book, they kinda drag on!)

Rainy day nap in the stroller. Jack stayed nice and dry in the BOB all snuggled up with his teddybear fur blanket. Momma and Lucy were not as lucky... the car is just recovering now from the wet-dog stink. 
Scott and I used the baby monitor on low to monitor his crying, a kitchen timer and team effort to take turns going in to soothe him. Within 20 minutes he fell asleep on his own and so it began. For each nap and night sleep we did the same.

You can't tell in this picture, but he is snoring. It was priceless. 

It has been 1.5 weeks and Jack is now falling asleep within 10 minutes on his own with little encouragement from us in-between.  He's sleeping almost all the way through the night with a wakeup sometime around 6 for a feeding and up at 7:30 for the day.  We are SO proud of everyone's hard work, and all three of us are more rested for it.

Looking more like Daddy each day!
Certainly the most tricky upgrade we've attempted yet, but it is all part of Jack becoming a big boy :). We are pleased with of ourselves for sticking it out and seeing success!

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