This morning Jack woke up at 5:00 AM and after he finished eating around 6:00 AM, he didn't want to go back to sleep. I was like, ughhhh. I try not to complain too much since he did go to sleep around 8:00 pm which is a great stretch but still! So I brought him into bed with John and I...he snoozed a little more but he is so noisy when he sleeps! How do people co-sleep!? I'd have to wear some heavy duty ear plugs...or maybe you get used to it...who knows. Anyway...he snoozed until about 7:30 AM. We decided to skip church for the sake of me being able to continue trying to establish his nap "routine"....or at least, teach him to sleep in the crib during the day.
Anywho...around 8:30, I put him back in his crib. He slept until 9:30. This is pretty typical now...WHEN he sleeps in the crib, he'll sleep for about 45 minutes to an hour. I think that is because they say babies wake up about every 30 minutes to an hour. (Adults wake up about every hour and a half supposively.) I think when he wakes up and remembers he is in the crib, he is like, "OKAY GET ME OUT OF HERE. MWAAAA!!!" Today, we might have just had a breakthrough! I put him back down to sleep at 10:45...he cried off and on until about 11:00...and its now 12:45 pm and he is sleeping! That probaby means that he decided he could continue on instead of crying. I'm pretty happy about this!
I have to admit...he was losing his cuteness in my eyes. All this crabiness and tiredness and refusing naps in the crib...I was like, you know...you're looking kind of fat kiddo...not so cute anymore. But now...NOW he is looking (and acting) absolutely adorable! :) I told my mom he isn't cute anymore and she said, "Oh thats just b/c you're mad at him for not napping." Who knew she had me figured out so well!
When he wakes up, I think we'll go for our daily walk. I like going when he is awake b/c he likes to look around the whole time...and then I also know that a potential crib nap (which is what I'm going for) is not replaced by a stroller nap...the book I'm reading says naps in motion (cars, strollers, etc) are not AS good (but still good) as naps in the crib.
SO, in conclusion, I DO LET MY BABY CRY!!!!!!!!!!!!! Can you tell this is a source of conflict for me? I write about it all the time! But its working for us so...I just hope he isn't completely damaged when he grows up.