Thursday, November 5, 2009

The Tale of the Boy Who Cried...Every 2 Hours.

Once, there was an adorable, sweet, funny, heaven-sent baby boy named Kamden. He was (and is still) adored by many. He was a very healthy baby, weighing in at 19 lb 13 oz at 6 months, and every sign indicated that he should be sleeping through the night by now. But was he?

No.

His parents thought that maybe, just maybe, it was because he was still sleeping in a pack-n-play by their bed...and was able to eat any time he woke up because his mama wanted to sleep and thought it was much easier to just put him in bed with her, latch him on, and fall back to sleep...several times a night. So, maybe they were waking him up! Yes, that must be it! Maybe Daddy's snoring, or being able to smell Mama just a few inches away was what roused him from his sleep and made him think "time for a midnight/2 a.m./4 a.m./10 p.m. snack!"

So, the tired Mama and Daddy bought a baby monitor for the sweet thing and put him in his very own bed in his very own room at 8:30 the night he turned 6 months old. (They waited 6 months because his mama, who reads entirely too much, read that the risk of SIDS goes down if he co-slept in their room for the first 6 months!)

And everything was great! And then it was 10:45. And he awoke, certain that he was just starving to death. So Daddy tended to him for a while, and there was just no consoling him, so they thought maybe, just maybe he was needing his last meal for the night. So the mama let him nurse...and he fell asleep after about 10 minutes of eating.

This happened again at 1:10, 1:50 (at 1:10, Daddy got him to go back to sleep), 3:30, and at 5:30, when Mama fed him and brought him to their room so she could pump and start getting ready for the day. Oh, my. Is this what it's going to be like every night?

The mama and daddy certainly hope not!

That, my friends, is how Kamden's very first night in his very own bed in his very own room turned out. It gets better, right?

Oh, and yes he will take a paci, but if you really want to see a violently angry 6-month-old baby, you should try offering Kamden a paci when he really just wants to nurse. It ain't a pretty sight--and the sound is even worse!

3 comments:

Jaslyn's Mommy said...

The first few days we put Jaslyn in her crib she was waking up twice a night but one night I just let her fuss to see if she can put herself back to sleep and she did. After a few minutes of just fussing and tossing and turning she went back to sleep. Till this day she still fusses but doesn't cry. That's how I know she's not hungry. It does get better, just be consistent and of course patient. It could take him a little while getting use to his room and bed since he's a little older and is aware of his surroundings.

Good Luck!

Nancy said...

:) What? No pictures for this story? :) It WILL get better!!

Western Family said...

The best baby gift we got was from one of Tory's boss who's wife had just had their 4th girl.

http://www.amazon.com/Healthy-Sleep-Habits-Happy-Child/dp/0449004023

I loved this book and it helped so much. Both kids have been in their beds since 3 months old and Tanner is the best sleeper. You ask him if he is ready and he gets all his stuff, (stuff monkey and alligator, and lately a train, and his favorite blankets and goes up to his room). It does get better and some nights you just have to let them cry it out and he will get comfortable putting himself back to sleep.