Tossing and Turning Over a New Leaf
One of the twelve books I picked up at the library this week was a book entitled, Good Night, Sleep Tight: The Sleep Lady’s Gentle Guide to Helping Your Child Go to Sleep, Stay Asleep, and Wake Up Happy.
It’s a mouthful.
I wasn’t really looking for a sleep-training book. Ainsley goes to bed just fine about 95% of the time. Overnight is a different story. And I usually have no idea when she’ll be up in the morning and when/if/for how long she’ll nap during the day. I thought I’d glance through this book and glean some basic tips that didn’t involve “crying it out,” a technique that I fail at when the cries come at midnight and 4 a.m.
I quickly realized I can’t just “glean” from this book; I have to make a commitment. A two-week training commitment that lasts 24 hours each day.
Are we ready for this kind of commitment? Not really. Do I want to keep getting up 2-3 times a night to breastfeed while during the day Ainsley naps for only 1.5 -2 hours at inconsistent times? Not really. We all need more sleep, and we need to commit to teaching Ainsley how to sleep so that we can all sleep. And from what I’ve read, I like this method and I feel ready to start making these changes.
I’m going to spend the next few days preparing myself for the upcoming 2 weeks. I need to understand that methods and then help Scott understand the methods. My hope is to start the training on Monday or Tuesday. We’re already implementing some of the steps (like earlier rising, a morning nap, an afternoon nap, and early bedtime).
More than likely, our social lives will be on hold for these two weeks while we stick to a consistent schedule, and for at least the first few days we are all going to be getting even less sleep. But, Lord willing, by the end of the month we’ll be sleeping through the night, and we’ll understand and be able to meet Ainsley’s sleep needs heading into her 1st birthday.
Sweet dreams, I hope!