Happy 5 month-iversary to Mr Henry Hayes. Hooray! We will do our photoshoot tomorrow as today has slipped past us. I was so focused on starting the sleep training that I didn’t even remember to take progress photos until now. Of course…and now it is too late because he is down for the count.
To be honest, I have been dreading the whole sleep training thing but after speaking to the pediatrician, Beetle & I agreed that it was time to start and I have to say…Henry is a rockstar!
Perhaps this can be a smoother transition than I anticipated.
Here’s how it went:
- We played on the floor with the dogs (40 minutes)
- This included rolling around, playing with toys, laughing at Penny chewing on a bone, and doing a few leg stretches.
- We took a bubble bath together and played with bath toys (25 minutes)
- Baby Massage with lotion to moisturize
- Put on a clean diaper
- Dressed him in a Halo sleep sack (arms out)
- Nursed (15 minutes)
- Read (3) books (done while nursing)
- Turned on the white noise machine & sleep sheep
- Turned off the lamp
- Laid him in the crib on his back
- Stuck a teething toy and a pacifier in the crib with him
- Walked away
Phew! Looked at the clock and noted that it was 7:18pm.
7:58pm Saw on the dropcam that he was moving around and heard him crying. I started the timer and painfully watched the clock click down for ten whole minutes!
At the ten minute mark, I sent Beetle in with a pacifier and instructed him to rub Henry’s head and to turn his Sleep Sheep (womb noise maker) back on, as it had timed out.
I said, “under no circumstances should you pick him up!”
After hearing that, Beetle quickly ran back out asking me to do it because he knows that he won’t be able to stop himself from picking Henry up. I then walked into the nursery, without saying a word, flipped Henry on his back, gave him a pacifier, rubbed his head, turned on the womb noises from the Sleep Sheep and pressed play on the white noise machine that had stopped (for who knows what reason) and watched as he drifted back into sleep.
8:16pm: Oh no! We lost the live feed connection. The dropcam isn’t connecting to WIFI so I have no idea what it looks like in there.
8:17pm: I can’t take it! I sneak into the nursery to move the dropcam and to check on Henry. Yes, he’s breathing! Yes, he’s sleeping! Yes, he looks comfortable.
8:18pm: I walk back out to the living room to look at my computer. YESSSS! The dropcam is back online! The re-connection was a SUCCESS!
9:09pm: I hear him stirring. Looks like he moved…again!
9:17pm: I don’t see the blanket moving in the position he is in so I head into nursery to feel his breaths. My paranoia got the best of me. I sneak in to check and feel him swat at my hand. Phew! …that was a close one.
11:59pm – Henry woke up and after about a minute of crying, I did what I wasn’t supposed to do and swooped in and picked him up. Inner Dialogue says, “Poor guy must be starving!!!” I brought him to the spare bed and nursed him.
12:10am: He fell asleep nursing so I picked him up and put him back in the crib. I put a pacifier in his mouth, turned on the Sleep Sheep, and slinked off to the spare bed.
4:30am: I woke up to him coughing and although his eyes were closed, I felt the need to intervene so I grabbed him.
4:32am: Nursed him!
6:42am: I open my eyes to morning and see his sweet little face next to mine. We fell asleep together in the spare bed. Inner dialogue, “Wow!!! I would call that a success.”
I feel so proud of him. Great Job, Henry! You aced the first night of sleep training. Way to Go!