Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Day 1 Sleep Training Day 2 Sweet Potatoes

Last night was the first night of Kaia and I's attempt at sleep training.  So far, I don't have the heart for the cry it out method.  So, we tried our own version of the no tears sleep training.  I laid Kaia down at 1025 (25 minutes later than I meant to, darn dogs!) with our usual night time soothing sounds playing.  I also added her projection mobile on the ceiling for her to gaze at.  Then I laid down next to her ('cause we co-sleep) and closed my eyes (you know, show her what we were supposed to be doing and all).  She entertained herself quite well for 15-20 minutes just cooing and talking to the pictures on the ceiling and sucking on her fingers.  She then decided she didn't like this idea and started crying and fussing.  I let her do this for about a minute, maybe two, at which point I got her attention to show her Mommy was still there and sang to her while letting her hold my finger if she wanted to; she liked this and stopped crying.  I could tell she was definitely getting sleepy because of the yawning and heavy, droopy lids but then she decided she was too hungry to go to bed.  So, I nursed her while we both stayed laying in bed and she fell asleep about 1115-1130.  When I put her back in her little "bed" 20 minutes later or so, she opened her eyes and went right back to sleep.  Not perfect, but I think it was a decent attempt for the first night.  I figure consistency's going to be the key here.  I hope it works.  Then, if you're into the (semi-)attachment parenting thing, like me, maybe my method will work for you someday too :)  Here's to hoping ladies!

Also, Kaia had her 6 month appointment yesterday.  She's 26 1/4 inches long, head circumference at 16 3/4, and weight 14.4.  She's a tiny little thing.  Her head and height are in the 50th percentile, yay!  But her weight . . . not so much.  Munchkin's a little small, only 25th percentile :(  So, Mommy's going to try and up her solid food intake and see if that helps with a reweigh-in in a few weeks.  Good news is, Mommy and Daddy aren't big people, and Kaia's happy, peeing, and pooping so at least there's that!  All that in mind, we started jarred baby food yesterday.  Exciting!  We started with sweet potatoes.  Kaia's decided she's not a big fan but she's made a good effort.  She ate all of them yesterday and most of them today.  But the faces, precious city folks!



Mamabear said...

we cosleep too :) The sleeping thing is really rough. I found it gets better for a few weeks and then something happens (usually a schedule change or teething) to throw him off. I actually just read this article about cry it out:

Good luck!!

Minky {moo} said...

Oh sleep training! We tried everything, finally he just grew up. LOL I hope that this works for you! Sounds like you are off to a great start!

TheBabyMammaChronicles said...

Mamabear! Thanks for that great link. That makes me feel even better about my parenting decisions. I'm glad you and BB co-sleep too :)

Thanks Minky! I hope it works too.

Selby said...

I think your first night sounds like it went well! I am very interested in hearing the different methods of sleep training as I ready myself for the inevitable! :)

Liz said...

Good luck with the baby food!

My girls have enormous heads...like I do. Like, Off the chart big!

Sandra said...

Maybe the food will help get her sleeping through...?
I hated being where you're at. It's definitely the hardest time of being a mom when they won't go and stay asleep.
Just know it only goes uphill.

Alicia@ Mommy Delicious said...

The sleep thing is REALLY tough to get through. I too could not listen to my son cry it out. Except one time. I was so tired. It was so sad. I will so never forget it. LOL. You're off to a good start. Good luck hun!

Alex said...

I think your first night went great!. I remember when I was trying to get my little man to be in his own room by himself, it was hard ( i think more for us than him) he never slept in the bed with us but he was very close by. So, please know that you and baby are doing great!


Anne said...

Khara, you and Kaia are doing great! Consistency with whatever method feels right for you will pay off in the long run. I remember those hilarious faces when trying different foods. Take lots of pics! (:

Elizabeth-Flourish in Progress said...

hi! sounds like it went pretty smoothly last night! *big sigh of relief.

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