Monday, April 6, 2009

No Sleep Here!

Desperate times call for desperate measures and I am desperate for Sadie to sleep.  It wasn't this bad a few months ago, but between ear infections and teething the baby that was sleeping through most of the night, and waking up between one and three times, is now waking up between five and ten times (that would be about once every hour) each night.  That means that my maximum sleep time is about two solid hours.  

That, however, wasn't enough to get me to wade through the different methods of getting a baby to sleep through the night, on it's own.  Until last night, when I realized that one of the downsides of co-sleeping with a nine-month old who is the size of a two year old is that you might wake up with a black eye.  Or a fat lip.  

Last night Sadie decided that it wasn't time to go to sleep, and she threw her head back and head butted my top teeth into my bottom lip.  Ouch!  But she was right.  It wasn't bed time.  It was time for Mommy to go downstairs and ice her bottom lip as it swelled up (I also got a chance to see what it would look like if I got plumping injections in my bottom lip and let me tell you...it's not a good idea).  After being socked in the face by a sleeping Sadie three additional times last night, I decided that something needed to be done.  

I headed to Barnes and Nobles when we were in Redding this morning and picked out two books on getting babies to sleep.  The first book, which I read the first two chapters of already, promises a "gentle" way to get your baby, toddler, preschooler or elementary school student to sleep.  The second book is more along the lines of "let your baby cry it out" and I am hoping that the first book works so I never have to crack open the second book.   

So we will now see if the "gentle" method will really working (I feel like I'm talking about training a horse when I write that).  Keep your fingers crossed.  Hopefully it will work!

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