We decided this was not working. By the time Annerson falls asleep after rocking and singing and doing all things possible to try to get her to fall asleep, we only have like 45 minutes before we have to start it all over again. This doesn't leave much time to shower, clean, or get a much needed mommy nap. My daily routine is pretty much stay in my pjs all day and somehow manage to at least brush my teeth somewhere in there and if I'm lucky, shower once a day. Anyways...We've heard a hundred times from different people & from BabyWise to place her in her crib when it's naptime and let her put herself to sleep. This sounded harsh & selfish. I wouldn't even consider doing that...UNTIL NOW.
Annerson just cried herself to sleep for the 2nd time today! Lex & I had a really rough night with her last night. She's going through a growth spurt so she's doing a lot more eating than sleeping. This morning I fed her at 9:30 and by 10:30 she was still wide awake. I however, was not. I was seriously dragging after going to bed at 12am, waking up at 2:30 and laying down at 4:30, waking up at 6:30 and laying down at 8am and then waking up at 9:30. Like I said, it's 10:30 and Lex has to work today. That means I need to be on top of my game. To do that I need sleep. For me to sleep, she needs to sleep. So Lex suggests we put her in her crib for her nap and see what she does. We'd tried this a couple of other times randomly but buckled every time she started to cry. It's hard to sit there while your child cries!
This time we were strong. She only cried for 5 minutes & then she was crashed out until Lex woke us up at 12:30! It was beautiful. I got a little nap in and she got some rest that she needed. With Lex gone, I prayed that I would be able to handle her crying when I put her down for her 2pm nap. Sure enough, almost to the minute, she cried for 5 and then was asleep. The funny thing about it is that if I try to get her to go to sleep by singing to her and rocking her, I think it just upsets her more because she'll cry for like an hour. It's almost like she gets over-stimulated when we try to get her to go to sleep and she's probably crying because she wants us to leave her alone and let her sleep! So as hard as it is, it's not selfish to put her down and let her cry because she gets to sleep faster, gets the rest she needs to grow & learn and I get a break and rest so that I can be a better mommy to her. We'll see if this helps her sleep better tonight.
Annerson putting herself to sleep! She's such a big girl!