We have good news in the sleep department. Good, but not great. We’re still struggling with Avery sleeping thru the night consistently… but we’ve made progress.
Avery is no longer drinking bottles in the middle of the night. Thanks to a push from fellow mommies and Avery’s doctor, we switched from formula to water at night. He was NOT happy about that at first, but luckily, I planned to wean him of the nightly feeding while Grammy was visiting. That way, I could get sleep while Grammy settled down our very grumpy little man (crying, flailing, the works!)
How did it go? Well, the first night he woke a bunch of times. The second night was less. The third night he woke up 5-6 times. So, after a rough third night, Grammy and I thought about tossing this idea out the window – but if I’ve learned anything from being a Mom and other motherly advice givers, is that you need to stick to it! We did, and as the week continued, it got better.
Avery now wakes, on average, 2 times a night. He will drink a while from his bottle or just needs to be cuddled. He’s slept thru the night 3 times this month, but we’ve also had a couple rough nights. One night I was up from 12-2 with him. He would NOT go back to sleep! I eventually gave in after 2 hours of crying and gave him a small bottle. We BOTH needed sleep at that point. I didn’t turn it into habit though, so we can just call it a fluke night.
Although we are done with middle of the night bottles, we aren’t out of the water yet – He still isn’t sleeping through the night, and we don’t know what to try next. I’m going on 7 months of working full (and overtime) hours, plus taking care of Avery and a house… I would REALLY love some consistent UNINTERRUPTED sleep. Plus, I’m sure Avery’s quality of sleep is just as bad…so I want BOTH of us sleeping well.
What to try next? Any suggestions? We have a daily routine – he eats, naps, and goes to bed at the same time almost every day. He has a bedtime routine which he usually falls right asleep after. And I have tried letting him cry at night, so he would have to put himself to sleep, but that just makes it worse. That’s why he was up for 2 hours one night recently… because I tried letting him cry but he just got madder and madder and it was even harder to get him to sleep. BUT he does not consistently wake up at the same time every night. Some nights he doesn’t wake until 3 am, others he is up at 10, 12, 3, and 5. So, although I got some great advice from Nina at Sleeping Should Be Easy, to wean Avery from nightly feedings by waking him and feeding him right before he typically wakes at odd hours, so we didn’t try that. But please keep the suggestions coming! I love seeing Avery, but I could do without this in the middle of the night…
Advice? Tips & Tricks? I’d love to hear!