Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Holding back and giving in

So, how in the world do you do it? How do you let your child lay there in their crib screaming for love and affection? Its the latest in the saga of Sleep vs. Ella Bowling.

Its the weirdest thing. A couple of weeks ago we were enjoying a good evening routine, we would give her the final bottle for the evening and down she went, and she would sleep until 5:30-6 or so. Then one night she slept good (outside of the occasional wake up and fall back asleep after Mom or Dad comes in and finds my pacifier for me.) She slept SO GOOD in fact, that she didn't wake up until 9:30 in the morning! (It was a Saturday). While Mom and Dad enjoy her sleeping so good, we had no idea that it would signal the end of her falling asleep easy. Since then, she's just been a bear to put down, and we have had to resort to the fun "let her cry it out" and visit her every 5 minutes or so routine. Lemme tell you, its FUN.

I'm very sure Amanda and I aren't the first and certainly won't be the last set of parents to have to go through this. I think the most entertaining part of the whole deal is that every time we go in there, poor Ella is in a different place in her crib! When that girl is unhappy, she is on the move big time.

Hopefully things will get better, and I know they will, it will just take time........hopefully.

1 comment:

Amy and Wil Castillo said...

Hey Mike and Amanda! I wanted to recommend a book to you guys -- The Baby Whisperer, actually she has I think 3 books. I am currently reading the third and last one, "The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems." It has a lot of info on sleeping according to age, etc. Another book recommended to me by many mothers is The Happiest Baby on the Block.

I am learning all about this sleep stuff, too...heck, it's 1 am and I'm just making sure Elisa is asleep! :)
Good luck,