Monday, September 12, 2011

Sleep-At-Night Routine At Work

Since I shared our routine ideas for getting your baby to sleep through the night (or stay asleep through the night) the other day, I thought I would share a story of it in action.

Saturday night was one of those rare occasions when Jon isn't working on something from home and we could actually hang out together. After Gavrel went to bed, we sat out on our deck talking about Hong Kong and our trip coming up in March, and just generally hanging out and talking a lot. It was awesome! I really love hanging out with him. 

It got to be late, though - about 1:30 AM - and we were still sitting out on the deck. Jon suggested we skip church in the morning (something we only do MAYBE twice per year, and usually because we're travelling or something like that). I think we finally made it to bed around 2:30. 

Needless to say, when Gavrel woke up at 8:30, I wasn't very coherent yet. So I decided to see if he would go back to sleep. I doubted it, since 8:30 is a pretty normal wake-up time - albeit on the early side of normal.

Leaving all the lights off and curtains closed, I went in and picked him up and sat in the rocking chair. Without talking, I let him nurse and then laid him back in his crib. I could see him looking at me a little funny - he could tell it was morning - but I figured it was still worth a shot. I went back to our bedroom and listened to the monitor. 

Gav talked to himself for a couple of minutes, and then everything fell quiet again. He had indeed gone back to sleep! I got a couple more hours of sleep myself, and then still got up and put the pork roast in the crock pot for Jon's small group that night before Gavrel finally woke up again. At 11:30! Overall, we had a really nice, quiet family morning of sleeping in and then eating breakfast together. It was a great way to cap off a fun night with my hubby!

Some of you probably think I'm a horrible mom for that - but I'm ok with my son learning to sleep in every once in a while. He's been known to sleep until 11:00 on his own anyway, without waking up to nurse first. The only thing different about the rest of his day was that he only took two naps instead of his normal three. He's so used to the "stay asleep" routine that he just drifted right back off, and the rest of his routine is so similar (more routine posts to come) that he didn't even notice anything was off.

Once we have more than one child in the house I'll probably never be able to pull this off again until they're all teenagers, but for those of you with newborns or expecting, let this be an encouragement that you CAN teach your baby to go back to sleep smoothly!


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