Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Biting my tongue

Hi, remember me? Infamous advice giver*?

Yeah, well, last night I was put to the test. And I am proud to say I didn’t overdo it.

In a nutshell, we were at the in-laws for dinner and their neighbors (who have a 5 month old) dropped by to baby-talk.

And mommy and I talked it up for a good 15-20 minutes.

And then sleeping came up.

And it was everything I could do to not push Babywise at her with both hands.

Apparently, her little girl was doing great sleeping through the night. But lately she has been waking up.

And my first question was is she on a schedule. Answer – Kind of**.

My second question was the rocking one. You know the one that I talked about here?
Answer: Yep – she’s rocking her.

Because those were the two things that caused the biggest issues for Little Man's sleep issues.

But I didn’t want to push anything on her.

And I fondly remember wondering if something was wrong with my baby for his little quirks, after hearing other mommy's brag about their babies sleeping patterns.

I did however tell her what things worked for us.

To be honest, I feel like I am rich in baby knowledge thanks to a certain blog. And thanks to lots of hard work from both of us, Little Man has been sleeping through the night since about 10 weeks when he was sleeping 6-8 hour stretches. And since we did Cry it Out at 4.5 months, his sleeping has bumped up to 11 hours at night. If he wakes up in the middle of the night, he is usually back asleep before I can even get in his room to check on him (that doesn't mean that I don't go check on him, though).

Clearly, I still have alot to learn. Every baby is different from any other baby. I didn't take every piece of advice offered and not every piece of advice would have worked for me. But I am thankful that I had a resource to go to when the crazy questions started to attack me. Hopefully, you other new mommies out there have a helpful resource too. If not, feel free to whine to me about it. We all know I love nothing as much as a good complaint fest. Just be ready for my uncontrollable advice session!

*Please know I am highly mocking myself for my lack of control when it comes to advice giving. I absolutely cannot control myself!

**New (Babywise Believing) Mommies, Please know that I THINK the key to a good, solid schedule is your first daytime feeding. If you set a time for baby to have his/her 1st feeding every single day, your schedule will regulate very quickly, meaning, you will probably have better sleep patterns early on. I didn't figure that out until week 7. That means you, SAM! For more questions on this check out this post.


tracey said...

love you to death leah.... but trust me i TRIED EVERYTHING WITH KEEGAN!!! & i mean EVERYTHING.... with no luck... & still @ 4 yrs old he doesnt sleep thru the night... so if youre game... ill drop him off for you to work your magic!!! :)

Leah said...

And that's where the "every baby is different" comes in. I didn't sleep much as a baby either. Still don't. And some people jsut don't need as much sleep as others.