So, after reading Jessica's comment on Sunday, we headed to the library to check out Secrets of the Baby Whisperer. I spent nearly all that evening and most of yesterday reading it. By yesterday afternoon, I was ready to begin implementing its plan. It's all about watching your baby for cues. When she starts to yawn, it means she's tired and needs to be put in her crib then so that she can go to sleep on her own. I've been doing it all wrong. Before I read the book yesterday, I was rocking Adeline to sleep then putting her in the crib and she would wake up within 20 minutes screaming bloody murder. The Baby Whisperer says this is cruel. It's like if someone drug your bed out into the yard while you were sleeping. It scares a baby to go to sleep in your arms and wake up in a strange place. So, anyway, you watch to see when they're tired (yawning is the first sign, staring into space is the next). Then you go lay them down. You do NOT let them cry it out, which is my favorite part of this book. You go to them and comfort them, but you leave as soon as the crying stops. You don't even pick them up if you can get them to stop crying without it. She's also all about rituals, especially a bedtime ritual. She suggests bathing your baby every night as a way to calm them down before bed. You do this after their 5-6pm feeding. So, that's what we did. Then it was off to bed she went. Yes, her own crib! I had to go comfort her and give her the paci approximately 5 times, but then it was off to dreamland she went! I woke her up again at 9:30 and she ate while still asleep (another idea from the Whisperer), then she went right back to her bed. I stayed up late watching the Frogs, so I fed her again at 11:30. She woke up this time, but went right back to sleep in her crib when feeding and diapering were done. She slept in there until 5am! I am so so happy. I'm so glad that it seems like I've found something that works and that makes us both happy.
As far as the Frogs go, I am not so so happy, but I still love them. They had a great season. I'll leave you with some pictures of Adeline and me cheering them on.
Rah Rah TCU!