Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Cry it out

Sawyer will be 7 months tomorrow. Sawyer does not “sleep through the night” every night. Sawyer can “sleep through the night” and has on multiple occasions, sometimes a week at a time.

I have said before that I have not read any baby book that has not really changed. Honestly, I just don’t find baby books written by a doctor to be very interesting, I don’t want to know the history behind things, read about statistics, etc.  I just want quick and simple answers from real parents to complicated questions (every baby is different, blah blah blah)….geez, is that so hard?! So how do I get my information….Facebook of course!

Note- Sawyer goes to bed each night between 6:00pm-7:00pm. Our routine is simple: I pick up around 4:30pm, home around 4:45pm, we play 5:00pm-6:00/6:30pm, we eat food in the highchair then head upstairs where on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday (and any other day its needed) we take a bath, have a bottle, read a story, say goodnight and then he goes down (awake of course). He babbles, sometimes whines for a minute or two and then is out like a light, so I was solely seeking advice regarding how to keep him from waking/waking me up in the middle of the night.

PS- My definition of sleep through the night—going to bed at a reasonable time (6:30pm-7:30pm) and waking up at a reasonable time (6:30am-7:30am…or later if he would prefer)

So after thinking about it, not really hard because since he doesn’t “sleep through the night”, I don’t either…so thinking is hard.  I decided I would give it a try. Based on all the responses I figured it would take 3 nights and we would be good to go.


Night one (10.31)

Sawyer woke at 3:00am and was just making small noises, I turned the monitor’s sound off and rolled over. I set my alarm for 20 minutes to see if he was still up and making noise or if he was back to sleep. 20 minutes later…. he was SCREAMING. I went in and rubbed his belly, shhhh'd him, sang songs, etc. until he had stopped crying/screaming (about 5 minutes), then I left the room, he immediately started screaming again.  I was going to wait 5 minutes before returning (to do the same as before), at minute 4 he rolled to side and by minute 5 he was asleep. I would say that night one was a success.


Night two (11.1)

Sawyer fell asleep in car on the way home from daycare and so I put him down when we got home, he slept until we woke him up around 9:30pm, we fed him bottle and cuddled for about an hour and he went back down at 10:30pm and slept until 6:30am.


Night three (11.2)

We went to a Halloween party and Sawyer took late afternoon nap (3:30pm-6:30pm) we stayed out until 9:00pm and got home, fed bottle, read story and he was out until 5:50am (remember time change so really 6:50am).


Night four (11.3)

Sawyer went down around 6:30pm and woke up SCREAMING at 11:45pm, I had decided that if he woke up that night I would comfort him and feed him since he was sick (went to urgent care of Saturday, he has ear infection and has been feeling pretty crappy). I gave him bottle and he went back to sleep until 5:45am.


Night five (11.4)

I heard Sawyer at 2:07am, I  got up and turned monitor sound off, rolled over and went back to sleep, I woke up again at 2:44am and looked at monitor and he was back to sleep.


And so it continues…

Here is the post that inspired 32 comments (I felt really special) thank you to all of those who commented and provided suggestions....it really does take a village :)


  1. Dries, I just want you to know...no matter what...you are doing an awesome job! I am so proud to be a Mommy beside you. I'm loving watching you figure it out with the rest of us. Just remember we parents are all in this together. I love you.

  2. Thank you!!!!! Your little man will be 11 months in 4 days, OMG I need to get my hand on those cheeks xoxo