Thursday, October 25, 2007

Glory, Glory

Last night Pebbles went to sleep in her crib at 7:30 p.m., without crying. She even skipped her normal "wake up within one hour" routine. She slept until quarter after 7 and might have slept a little later had not her very loud sister also woken up by then.

I couldn't believe it. Here's what happened: I did her bedtime routine as usual. I started a little later this time, maybe starting the bath at 6 p.m. I lay her down very sleepy around 7. I tried just walking away, but she immediately cried. Since she has a cold, I didn't want to let her cry alone, but I found that if I put my hand on her back she was very willing to just flop down and lie still. I spent about half an hour in her room, alternating "hand on back" with just standing there in the dark. She moved around a bit, fussed a little, but calmed down every time I put my hand on her back. I could see her actively trying to go to sleep -- rubbing her hand on the sheet, cooing to herself softly.

And she did it.

The books say not to help your baby by laying on hands, etc., but I say to hell with them. I believe this is basically how our Chinese nanny got Nutmeg napping regularly without nursing to sleep, and that worked great back then.

I danced around the house, thrilled at the opportunity to do laundry and wash dishes at 7:30 p.m. instead of starting dinner cleanup at 9 or 10.

Of course, there's always a chance that she fell asleep easily last night just because she's not feeling well. Oh, please, please, please let that not be the case.

Pretty please?


Sara said...


Now if I could just get my little one to eat her lunches at day care...

Kori said...

Woo hoo!

Notta Wallflower said...

Yay! I hope it wasn't a fluke!! I will cross my fingers for ya.

Anonymous said...

throw the books out.. each baby has their own personality. hope this is just the beginning of a good sleep pattern.

Amanda said...

I firmly believe that whatever works for little ones and their family is fine, books and specialists be darned.

Congratulations, here's hoping she feels better and keeps sleeping through!

Carrie said...

Well, in defense of the books I have to say that I was at my wit's end on my own. And also that I flew by the seat of my pants with the last baby, and we ended up going through lengthy and unpleasant sleep and night-weaning struggles between the ages of 1 and 2.

So the books I've been reading have really helped give me some ideas and also some warnings that helped motivate me. No, I don't think I have to take everything as dogma, especially when the experts directly contradict one another on so many points. But I'm keeping the books at hand for now.