Sunday, June 2, 2013

Yay!!! We may have conquered bedtime!!!

Something magical has happened in our house!  Claire has finally hit the point over the last couple of days that we can put her to bed, before she is completely knocked out, without a complete fit!  This is huge!

Let me give you a little backstory.  Claire nursed for almost 16 months, so in that 16 months, she fell asleep nursing for every single nap and bedtime that I was home for.  Once the nursing stopped, it turned into having to rock her to sleep each night.  Not just asleep, out past the point of no return asleep!  It was brutal!  Of course since she was my rainbow baby, there was no way I was going to let her cry it out.  I tried a few times but it broke my heart and I just could not do it.

Fast forward a few months, we are less than 8 weeks from having this next baby girl and finally decided this was ENOUGH!  I surprisingly didn't have to let her cry it out.  I did for one nap, she cried 5 minutes, I don't think she ever went to sleep but she stayed in her crib.  Now, for the last 2 nights and todays nap, she went down without a fight.

When we went to her room I told her it was bedtime, told her I would sing one song while rocking then she had to go to bed.  And just like magic, it worked!  I feel like angels are singing right now, our house is so quiet and no adults are imprisoned in a rocking chair for half the night!

Now if only we had our house cleaned up before the kids went to bed, that would be extra magical!!