Good morning, all. It's Ellie's mom in for a minute.
I know we have HUNDREDS...maybe more...people praying for our family, specifically for sleep and rest (if you have talked to me in the last few days, at least). Reid has been struggling with sleep. That is one area, I hate as a mom. When my kids can't rest, no one can rest. I have been struggling with little sleep for months. I have talked to new moms, pro moms, older moms, and anyone who would listen to my questions. Seriously, I even hit one mom up in the library to talk "sleep" because she was holding a child similar in age to Reid. I was desperate.
I am proud to say that Reid is totally out of the car seat for sleeping now. That is a milestone. He is in his crib now, on a wedge, inclined for his reflux, and seems to be comfy. This is huge.
As I was talking to one of my friends whose little one goes down for naps and bed beautifully, she basically put it to me straight. She said that babies need to be able to soothe themselves and be able to go down to be alone. No rocking, feeding, holding, bouncing, walking...etc. Yes, I knew that....but I needed to hear it from her, I guess. I told myself that we were going to try this. It couldn't hurt. I am going back to teaching in the fall, and Reid will be at a sitter's house. I can't think that she is going to rock, hold, bounce, etc for 30 min. to get him to sleep each time. Get real. And, I was tired of it...and we needed some help. Sooooo....I began putting him down awake for naps 2 days ago. Just to see. It couldn't hurt. You will NEVER believe it. He grabbed his little blankie....rolled over....and like magic....went down with NO FUSSING. He has done this for all naps for the last 2 days and both nights. AND......THE BEST PART...KEEP READING!!!! He has slept through the night the last 2 nights from 10 pm- 8 am straight. No getting up, no crying, no feeding. YES!!!! Keep those prayers coming our way. They are working. Thank you for allowing me to ask my 1,000,000,000 quesitons to all you moms out there. Thank you for your advice. Thank you for kicking me in the butt and just telling me what to try. I know I have an older daughter...but Reid is very different and has been through a lot. I think, though, he wanted sleep more than anything else for a long time....and now, maybe he is finally getting what he needs......as we ALL are! Yippppeeee......
Thanks for uplifting our family. We appreciate you all!