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    AMI!! How the heck have you been?? Your kiddos are sooo cute, and I love their names! I feel like I am the only IVF mama that ended up with only one bambino, so I don't get to keep up with you ladies as much as I would like to. I do visit the multiples board from time to time though!

    About the sleeping, maybe it is just me, but I believe that there is no reason that a healthy 7 month old should be waking up several times a night! That being said, it is sooo hard to get them to realize that sometimes.

    We were lucky with Allie, we learned from our mistakes with Kayla. Kayla did not sleep through the night until she was about 9 months old. And only then because from about 6 months on we realized that she was just waking up out of habit. It took us 3 MONTHS to sleep train her. I did not do CIO, I just couldn't bear to do it. I got close a few times, but just couldn't do it. I did the soothe in crib until not crying and walk away method. lol.. that is what I call it anyway. It took a very long time for this to work though, but looking back, it was all worth it. She ended up being a great sleeper after that.

    We started early with Allie. I moved her to her own bed (we coslept before this) around 3 months. It took about a week of the same method, one night DH and I switched going in and soothing her.

    The best thing I would say to any parent is that you have to go with your gut. There are still some times that Allie just will not sleep in her crib and I have to give up soothing and find out what is going on. Every single time she has done this is the night before she gets sick. One time with a tummy thing, the other two times she had a cold.

    Whatever method you choose, good luck! You have it 2x harder then us single-baby moms
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    Our update:

    Don't remember what day it was exactly but Darcy fell out of my bed, so since then we have been back to the crib. She STTN once and the rest of the time she wakes around 4:30-5am and then will go back to sleep until 7am-7:30.
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    Hey Shannon! It's good to see you again too! Honestly it seems like many of the IVFers have disappeared or moved to dif boards. It is definitely hard to keep up with everyone now. Your little girl is adorable! It makes me want one of my own! Yikes! I love the name Allie-if we were going to have a girl we were going to name her Callie! I wish I had posted more on this BB, but I was posting on the pg w/ multiples and that was enough at the time. Now I am curious about everyone that has babies our age to see what everyone else is going through. I do post on the parents of mult board, but that is about it. I still lurk on the IVF board, but sometimes feel like I don't belong there anymore because I don't know anyone on there. I am in close contact with Jenn0013 (don't know if you remember her), but other than that I mostly lurk!

    Yes, we are on night 3? now of CIO and things are already better. We are putting them down at 630pm with as much bottle as they will take. Tiki woke up at 1015 last night and cried until 1120 but went back to sleep. Kale slept soundly until 4 I think. Tiki then got up again at 5ish..This is already way better than it has been. Since we did feed both of them at that time (and change them) when they started to fuss around 530 I let them CIO and they eventually went back to sleep until 745. So they are making it from 630 to 4ish without a bottle..so now I need to work on that last feeding! But I think we will go a few more days just skipping the early night one.

    But I agree, there is no reason a 7 month old should be getting up several times to eat! We have just done it to make it easier on us. We try to keep one quiet from waking the other one(they sleep in the same room), but since we have let them cry, the other one just sleeps through it! Who knew!?

    And yes, it is extremely hard to listen to their little cries! The first night I had to pick Tiki up after half an hour. He sounds just so sad! But it is getting easier and their cries aren't as pitiful. I think they too are learning things are changing.

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    Darcy slept from 8:45pm to 7:15am without waking up!!!
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    way to go Darcy! That is incredible. I hope more of the same for you. And for me, one day very soon.


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    just wanted to share that I read a good chunk of Dr Ferber's book and he isnt evil I wrote about it in my blog so I dont make a huge post you can read it if you want.

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    I haven't been keeping up with this thread and it's pretty long, so if this has already been covered, forgive me.

    Ada sttn pretty much from the beginning. Until is started feeding her solids. I still bf her as often as I did before the solids, but now she's waking up every couple hours at night for the boob. She actually eats for awhile each time she wakes, so I don't think she's just wanting to use my boob as a paci. Has anyone else's LO done this? This weekend my DH is going to start to get up with her at night to show her that she doesn't need the boob every time she wakes up. (She goes to sleep on her own in her own bed with just her thumb.) Do you have any other suggestions other than CIO?
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    Sorry, Beth, I've got no suggestions here. Dh getting up with her is something i would try too. Let us know how it goes.

    Caden's STTN on and off for maybe a couple months, but for the past couple weeks has been religiously waking anywhere from 11:30 pm to 4:00 a.m. He basically ends up screaming. We tried soothing him, changing his diaper, but ultimately each time he really seems to be hungry. I guess this is more of a feeding post than sleep, LOL. That bottle in the middle of the night has become an extra 4 to 6 ounces, putting his daily intake at anywhere from 28 to 36 ounces. Is this too much? Could he just be going through a growth spurt? Should we just try to eliminate that bottle? Any thoughts would be great....

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    Quote Originally Posted by kimmie preggers View Post
    Caden's STTN on and off for maybe a couple months, but for the past couple weeks has been religiously waking anywhere from 11:30 pm to 4:00 a.m. He basically ends up screaming. We tried soothing him, changing his diaper, but ultimately each time he really seems to be hungry. I guess this is more of a feeding post than sleep, LOL. That bottle in the middle of the night has become an extra 4 to 6 ounces, putting his daily intake at anywhere from 28 to 36 ounces. Is this too much? Could he just be going through a growth spurt? Should we just try to eliminate that bottle? Any thoughts would be great....
    Late to the game here...but this is us exactly (even the times!). Sometimes Neil wakes twice to eat, but when he does he eats a lot (BFing but guessing 4+ oz). I'd guess he takes 36+ oz a day plus solids, but he's 20+ pounds and very active. Eating more solids close to bed doesn't make a difference. I don't believe in CIO and since i'm a single mom I'm the one getting him when he's screaming in the middle of the night, and the only thing that comforts him is milk. maybe a couple times I have been able to rock him back to sleep.

    ***update***
    it has gotten a little better with the night wakings lately (he got a cold soon after I posted) but putting him to sleep is a chore. 20+ min of rocking and then holding him, then more "rocking" with my hand on his back. Still trying to get through that book "The No Cry Sleep Solution" but dang it's hard to read when you're sleep deprived.
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    Question Need Some Advice, Please!!

    Ok ladies this is maybe a little off your subject, but the "sleep support" thread seemed the best place to put it...so here goes:

    My DS is 5 and 1/2 months old, and actually sleeps very well (Knock on wood, eh? ) My problem is that we are on a backwards sleep schedule. See, my husband works 2nd shift, so the only way for me to spend time with him is to be on a second shift schedule myself. This was never a problem, as I am not much of a morning person myself lol. But now, in order for us to be able have family time, and for me to spend time with hubby, DS is on a second shift schedule as well. **(Before I go any further: My DS is meeting all his milestones just fine, and eating and growing right on track. He's a very happy, giggly, healthy baby. But I want to keep him that way, that's why I'm asking this.) He goes to bed around 5am, sleeps till 1 or 2 pm, then naps at 2 (if he got up at 12 or 1) or 3 till 4 or 5, and takes a couple naps after that, ranging from 15 min to 2 hours, till about 10 or 11, and then is up till "bedtime" at 5. I know this is a bass ackward schedule, and I know some of you are going to say, "Hubby should switch to day work." If we could, BELIEVE ME, we would. Right now, there is just NO WAY for him to make enough money to support us any other way. (With the economy and the job market the way it is, I would rather him stay where he's at, for now, anyway. The job's secure, and the money's great.) My sister says I need to have DS on an exact sleep schedule, and put him to bed around, say, 9 at night, or I will have problems later. And I know he's gonna have to go on a day schedule soon enough. But how do I balance this? If I start on a day schedule now, I'll never get to see my husband, and I'm afraid our relationship would suffer badly. Plus, if we're only awake when he's asleep, how is he going to help me with the baby, and give me breaks? It's only because of him I've made it through all of this so far, lol! I don't want my relationship with DH to suffer, but I don't want DS to suffer either. I just don't know what to do about this... I dare not bring this up to my doctor for fear of being though of as a "bad Mommy". I just don't know if he'd understand the personal struggle that goes with this. I'm afraid he'd just see it from a medical standpoint. Don't get me wrong, I love my pediatrician (sp?) but I would just rather get some personal advice from mommies like me first. I am a SAHM, and I live in a very small apartment building. I only have 3 neighbors, and 2 are moving out. The 3rd is not friend material. So I have no one else to talk to. (Hopefully, some nice new people will move lol.) Anyway, this site helped me through my pregnancy, and PPD, so I'm hoping you gals can help me now. Anybody been in the same boat I'm in? Any advice wouldbe helpful, and thanks a lot in advance...

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