Wow, thanks so much. So about a week or so process. I am really tired, but not quite ready to dive in yet. Although, Morgan had a horrible night last night. She was up about 6 times wanted to nurse every time to go back to sleep. Pretty soon I will be ready and I will document it too
Yay, that is awesome news!!!! I'm glad that it is all working out! Hope everything continues to go just as well as it is now. I'm sure your nips are already thanking you for the break each day.
I'm totally like your BFF with my kids. The 1st was an amazing sleeper early on. My 2nd isn't, even with doing the same things we did with the first, but he is totally a different kid than his brother.
And I'm laughing so hard at your sex room that doubles as the guest room. If your guests only knew...lol.
~Joy~ DS1-8/5/05, DS2-10/18/10 (VBAC#1), DS3- 4/11/12 (VBAC#2!)
I'm way late to this thread, but you are both giving me hope! I need to read up on this method! Thanks for sharing your insights!
Also wanted to add that every kid is different and I sincerely doubt it's something you did! My son is a great sleeper at night, terrible napper. My daughter is a terrible night sleeper and a good napper. I'm just hoping when I decide to have #3 that I don't get a terrible sleeper & terrible napper! LOL
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Great job mara and i know how hard this must have been for you to even start. Naya has been doing pretty good for the last week or so with only waking up once to nurse and only for a few mins and going back to sleep. If things change i may need to come back and read all of this. For now i am ok with nursing once in the middle of the night. I like the sex room too. we had one of those when my oldest slept with us then it turned into the panic room for my husband. It was a back room he could go sleep in to get a full night sleep with 2 kids who woke up ALOT at night.
I also wanted to add that this was good that you did it before the baby comes. I had a 2 year old and a newborn in my bed and ever time i would move to feed Beckett Brody would think it was time to get up. Lets just say it wasnt pretty with 2 kids up all night. When Beckett was like 5 months old i couldnt take it anymore and started having brody sleep in his own bed. He is now 6 and still comes into our bed now and then but it gets so much better. Now we have 3 of them in our beds and its great sometimes...lol
I hesitate to post this because I will probably jinx myself, but Morgan has only nursed once in the middle of the night the last two nights She woke up 2-3 times, but only asked to nurse once. Hopefully this is the beginning of her sleeping longer stretches. We will see....
Sara, that is definitely EXACTLY why I did the night-weaning NOW before #2 showed up. I also didn't want Beni to feel replaced- to actually see that the new baby is getting something instead of her... hopefully, with 4 mos between her night-weaning and the appearance of the newborn, it'll be good.
Good luck, Corinne! I hope she does it on her own!
As for us... we're still effectively night-weaned...she hasn't nursed between bedtime and 6am since the last time I posted that she did... but... she certainly hasn't been sleeping through the night. We had a couple bad nights when she really was asking to nurse a lot and was awake a lot. And there have been good nights too. The last few mornings I have even been trying to stretch her to not nursing until 6:30 or 7am. It certainly would be nice if she would just sleep through...but, again, at least I am not nursing at night!
Mara & Joel, 2009
Morgan has nursed twice in the middle of the night the last two nights. It is funny because she handled cutting out her bedtime feed just fine, but really wants that middle of the night comfort nurse! She is definitely not going to do it on her own. I am just not ready to take the plunge though
I am glad that Beni is still night-weaned. Hopefully she will start STTN on her own soon, esp before #2 comes. Keep up the good work.
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Beni STTN! And now just by definition, but like, in practice!!!! She went down a little after8 last night- happily worn out by grandparents that kept her running around and laughing like a mad woman... and she didn't wake until around 6:30 this morning! She slept in her own bed the whole night! And at 6:30 when she woke, she just crawled in to bed with me, and snuggled up. Around 7 she asked to nurse (which I obliged). But then she still slept until 8:15!!! I was actually awake before her!
Now... the question is... total fluke, or will she do it again??? (At this point, I'm not going to let the grandparents go home!)
Mara & Joel, 2009
I'm stunned! What success! How many times did you wake up last night listening for her?