Y'all remember back when I used to write good news in my pregnancy blog, like "I think I might feel a little better today!" and then the next day it'll all go to H-E-Double-Hockey-Sticks and I'd be hangin' over the hurler for the next two weeks?
Well that is just apparently how Peabody rolls, because the day after I wrote about how we'd finally gotten the boy sleeping some, he woke up and hasn't been back to sleep again since then. Siiiiiiiiigh.
I can't even begin to express to y'all the amount of disappointment I'm feelin' up in here (points to heart). I'm STILL practicing everything outlined in Dr. Weissbluth's book, Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child. I've extra-earlied up Peabody's bedtime and vigilantly put him down for his naps when I'm supposed to, but he's still just a big old not-sleeping goofball, grinnin' that pretty buck-toothed grin at me all day long. If y'all have had experience with a backslidin' reformed sleeper and you have some advice for me, I would welcome whatever you've got.
For those of you who rushed out and bought the book after I wrote about it, do not lose heart. I still believe Dr. Weissbluth's theories and methods will work for 99% of the babies on this planet, it's just that Peabody apparently considers himself ABOVE the need for sleep, an attitude I believe he has adopted directly from his father, who sleeps, between working, studying and bein' Mr. Family Guy, about four and a half minutes a day.
I was SO delighted to hear from so many of y'all in the comments to my last post. I'm glad so many of you HAVE heard of and even read/used Weissbluth's book and even more glad some of you found what I wrote helpful and/or hope-inspiring in your endeavors to get your own kids sleeping better! I even got some very sweet emails from a few tired Moms (to whom I still owe responses. I'M SORRY! As a result of all this disappointment I've been feeling more jerky than perky and I hate corresponding with good people when I feel that way!) saying THANK YOU and THANK YOU AGAIN because their babies are pullin' Peabody's tricks too and they felt like maybe I'd found the answer. And I had.
Until the Z-train derailed itself again.
But there's a little good news, though. I found an article in which Dr. Weissbluth answered the questions of some parents with little non-sleepers and one of the questions was how to get a baby back on track when he gets all sleep-deprived after a vacation or an illness, and he suggested what he called a "re-set," meaning to put the baby to bed super early in the hopes that he'll make up for the deficit by getting extra sleep on the front end of his nighttime sleep.
So I put ol' Peabod' in his bed for the night yesterday afternoon at 5:30 PM. And he slept. And slept. And slept. And you know what time that rascal finally woke up and called for me?
For those of you who don't feel like doing the math, that would be your twelve hours of wake-free sleepin'.
Good law, people.
We'll see how that glorious night of slumber impacts the nappy schedule today. I'm not gettin' my hopes up but Dr. Weissbluth's stock price has risen a bit in my eyes, I can't deny that. The man gives some crazy-sounding advice, but when I turn off my skept-o-meter and just do like he tells me, I normally get results.
(This is sortof how my relationship with Al works too, come to think of it.)
But you didn't hear either of those two admissions from me.
But a 5:30 AM waking sure makes for some confusion around when to put the guy down for naps.
And also? I would not care to get into the habit of gettin' up for the day at 5:30 AM, if that could at all be avoided. Please and thank you.
Now if you're still with me, let me tell you ONE more thing about sleep. Just one.
Have I ever mentioned to y'all that Bean wakes the roosters up every day? Hello? Mr. Rooster? It's me, Bean. Time to get up! I've been up for an hour! Let's get the crowin' started, people!
Well. This was not that great a thing for the Mama who has been gettin' up in the night with a baby for 8 months, so I took a little look-see at the chapter in Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child for pre-schoolers and found
The first day she failed to stay in her room until the predetermined hour (It's taking too loooooooooong, Mama. And you know what? I don't like to WAIT Mama. I like to Go! Go! Go!) (Ahem. This does not sound like anyone I know. At all.) and she didn't get a treat. The next day, she DID stay in her room and she got a treat. So we told her: Go three days staying in your room until the music comes on and we will have a celebration! At your favorite restaurant!
And she did it. A couple of days she even SLEPT until the music came on, which is HUGE for her. Some mornings she DOES come out of her room, but only to go potty, and then she goes back in her room and stays until the music comes on. Good stuff, people. And she is HAPPY and PROUD and SMILIN' when she struts in to find me, too. I love that. Occasionally (maybe three days out of the past ten?) we've seen a little backsliding, and I just say, "Uh oh, Bean. Has your music come on yet?" She just rolls her eyes and says Nooooooo. And then, since she knows what I'm about to say, she holds up her little hand to shush me, screws on her best pouty face and goes back in her room again with her little shoulders slumped and her feet dragging.
And I giggle to myself. Drama queen!
And then, when she's not looking, I sneak into her room and set the time on her clock back by 15 minutes. Hee hee.
Oh, I is a bad Mama!
The roosters love me though.
I will keep y'all posted. Or not.