Thursday, June 26, 2008

Success??? (fingers crossed)

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 we ALL are! Yippppeeee......

Thanks for uplifting our family. We appreciate you all!


The Lucey's Triplets said...

Yeah! What wonderful news!! I know that things are so much better when I get my sleep! ;0)

Anonymous said...

Woo-hoo!!! It IS an answer to prayer!!

Love ya!

Anonymous said...

SLEEP AT LAST..... In honor of Reid I am going to take a nap...


Krissy said...

We did the "teach Drew to fall asleep on his own" but he didn't adapt near as fast as Reid--congrats! We did the Ferber method right after Christmas and there were a couple of days that were HORRIBLE, but then it was great!! (oh, and my family thought we were nuts!) Well, after his second surgery, he got use to being rocked again and so when you would go to lay him down -- pop would go his eyes, so we re-ferberized over Memorial Day. He still fusses a bit when we lay him down, but usually not for long and he sleeps for 12 hours straight at night and also takes a two hour nap!! I'm glad the transition with Reid is going so well!

Grin & Barrett said...


We will keep our fingers crossed and our toes too! But if you were like me, I didn't sleep a wink those first couple nights, because I wasn't used to it. Reid, keep it up, and mom, dad, get some well deserved sleep.

Darcy said...

Praise the Lord!!!!

We''ve been on vacation and you've been in my thoughts and prayers.

Here's continued prayers for continued success.

LifeWithTheFerrells said...

So glad to hear that you are all getting some well deserved sleep! I am sure you are a new woman with a couple of nights under your belt!
Let me know if you want to get together this week. Makenna has doc appt Tues afternoon and I work Wednesday but fairly open other than that!

Anonymous said...

I am so glad you are finally getting the much deserved sleep at night so you can make it through the challenging days - lets face it - any days spent with any kids can be challenging! Things are always a lot easier if you have had a good nights sleep. Good for you mom! Yeah Reid for adjusting so quickly!

Beth R.

Hello, and welcome to my page! I am so glad you are here. I am going to try and show you the average life of a 5 year old from my perspective. Mommy and Daddy will help me along the way if I get stuck.

Let me first introduce my family to you. I am Ellie. I am a 6 year old. I live in Ohio with my Mommy, Daddy, little brother Reid, and dog, Sophie. My mommy is a teacher. She teaches nine and ten year olds and loves it. She has been teaching for twelve years. My daddy works with computers. He works hard everyday.

We all love spending time together. I have wonderful grandparents and a terrific extended family. I am a very lucky girl. Thank you for visiting my page. Write to me any time. I love getting mail!!!

Many blessing to you all.

Little Ski (Ellie)

Mommy and me having cuddle time at Hocking Hills.

Told ya, my hair can be wild! And you thought I was kidding!

Hmmm, Blue's Brother's perhaps?