Since Hailey was born she has always slept with me. I figured it was easier for me to get sleep if I just nursed her in bed with me. And it worked. Well when Davin came along I decided to put Hailey in her own bed right next to my bed and I would put Davin in bed with me. Well again it worked, but this time not as well. My poor Hailey was getting her feelings hurt. She felt like she was being pushed out for this new baby. She was being mean to Davin and whining a lot. So I prayed for answers. The very same day that I prayed for inspiration, I got it. I knew Hailey was sad, and was missing her cuddle time with her Mommy. So being the sap that I am... I put them both in bed with me. I know, I know, what in the heck was I thinking. BUT, it worked. Until now. It has only been a month since I put them both in my bed, and I get NO sleep. Davin likes to nurse all night long, Hailey wiggles ALL NIGHT LONG! Enough is enough.
I took Davin to his 1 year appointment and spoke with the Dr. about my situation. He told me I just need to put Davin in a crib and let him cry it out for a few nights. That made me feel terrible. However, I knew he was right. Plus I knew once Davin was out of my bed Hailey would go back to sleeping in her own bed as well. So this is what happened... we had an office. Not anymore. We put the computers in our room and turned the office in to Hailey and Davin's room. Last night was the first night. Oh my goodness!!! Hailey was great, she went right in and went to sleep, no problems. Davin on the other hand did not like it. He cried and cried and cried. I kept going in there every 15 minutes or so and loving him and telling him it's okay. I did nurse him a few times during the night, so I did pick him up like 3 times. I did not feel good about putting him in his own bed, his own room and taking away the comfort of nursing all in one night. I will stop night nursing when he is comfortable being in his own bed.
Now it is morning, and we all survived it. Davin is still sleeping, in his bed. Hailey is happy. And I'm happy to have my own room, free of kids. I'm sure the first night is the hardest. I can't wait for Davin to wake up so I can go in and cuddle him.
I know this sleeping arrangement will work for at least another year before I have to separate them in to their own rooms. I don't even want to think about that right now. :)
Happy New Year everybody!
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