Sleep training days 2 and 3
Recap of day 1
I laid Maddox on his back, he cried for 42 awful minutes! Woke at 2:30 AM and I, of course, thought for sure he had to be starving. I got him up, tried to feed him a bottle and he would only drink 2 ounces of it. And he wouldn’t even lay his head on me, so I laid him back down in bed (on his belly this time) and had to listen to the poor guy cry for 25 minutes. Ugh. I hate sleep training, maybe I’ll just rock him forever.
Now, on to day 2:
I told myself I had to keep it up, or it would only be worse a month from now. Maddox had the same routine as he’s always had: bath, bottle, bed. During the bottle time he didn’t want it, I got him to eat maybe an ounce of it. Then same scenario as the first night, he wouldn’t calm down, so I decided to put him into bed. Except this time I placed him on his tummy.
He was mad. He tried to sit up, but I patted his back for a bit and luckily he stayed laying down. I told him, “night, night,” pulled up the side rail and walked out. He immediately turned sideways in his crib and pulled down on the bumper. Then he proceeded to stick his little arm through the bars. It was the saddest thing I’ve ever seen! He just kept burying his head into the bumper and sticking his arm through (I’m watching him through the crack in the door) and crying. Such a sad, sad cry!
But to my surprise he quit crying after 5 minutes. 5 minutes, that’s it! My little boy is a genius! He was asleep in 5 wonderful minutes. Okay, so those 5 minutes were still hard, but I can definitely handle 5 minutes!
And, because I photograph everything, here’s how he fell asleep…
So sweet and so sad at the same time. It’s like he’s clinging onto the bumper saying, “why have you abandoned me Mommy?”
He woke in the middle of the night at 1:30 am, and I was strong and didn’t go in there. He cried off and on for 25 minutes. Luckily it was a quiet cry, but still enough to make me stand outside of his door for the entire 25 minutes.
And, here’s what happened on day 3: Same routine as the previous days. He ate a bit more of his bottle and he seemed a bit more relaxed and actually laid down on me, but was still fidgeting. After about 5 minutes of rocking I put him in bed on his tummy (never again will I put him on his back!), told him, “night, night,” pulled up the side rail and… immediate crying.
Except this time he didn’t turn sideways at all. He just laid in the same spot and after 1 minute he stopped crying. Then a minute later he decided to cry again. After about 7 minutes of off and on crying he was asleep.