Ok, so after that first very successful Cry It Out night I thought we were heading to nights of blissful sleep for all of us. It was not to be. Each night she cried the same (if not longer!) and started waking more during the night. *Sigh*. Last night was horrible. She cried for 45 minutes and wasn't about to give up so I went in to calm her, nurse her, and rock her. Then she cried another 40 minutes. What gives??? After that Craig and I decided she'd be back in our bed at least for the night. She woke a few times, but just to nurse and went right back to sleep.
Evie is very social. She is also a definite mama's girl. When she falls asleep in my arms (which is her preferred method) she'll wake a few times just to check that I'm there. As soon as she sees me she smiles and drifts back off to sleep. Cute, right? Yes, and also sort of annoying. It's not possible for me to hold her every second that she is asleep and this is where the issue is. In her perfect world I would always hold her and she'd never need to sleep alone...but that is just unrealistic and driving me to insanity.
We aren't sure if she's just not ready for CIO or if that method won't work for her. It worked beautifully for Eliana who was only 16 weeks. Within a matter of days she slept awesome. Evie, who is almost 17 weeks, is still giving me a run for my money! I just don't see how to get out of this chaos with her. I enjoyed having my bed back, but not at the expense of her crying for 1 1/2 hours every night. Poor baby :( Most of the CIO material out there says let them cry for 15 or so minutes and if they aren't asleep yet, go calm them and repeat that. What baby cries asleep after a mere 15 minutes? Certainly not a child of mine. I guess I'm feeling a little hopeless that CIO didn't work and that I'm still not getting any sleep. Why it worked that first night and none of the nights after that I don't know.
She'll be going to the dr soon for her 4 month appointment and I'm going to ask for some ideas and what she thinks is going on. The other thing is that Evie was sneezing a ton yesterday so I wonder if she's getting a cold or something.
And yes, I know, I signed up for this. I have to admit that when someone without children says how tired and exhausted they are my first thought is ,"you don't even know the meaning of the word tired!" My most tired night pre-kids doesn't even compare to now. This is a slow sort of torture. Every night you get worn down more and then occasionally you get a 8 or 9 hour stretch (which you try to take advantage of if the other kids are also asleep) so you get your hopes up that it's going to get better and then the next night it's back to no sleep. Torture! And yet somehow the little munchkin's seem happy and well rested the next day.
Alright, that's all for now. My 2 girls are awake and chatty. It's as if they have a built in caffeine drip :)