As I’ve said, the Happy Sleeper method has you check in with your baby every 5 minutes if the baby is crying. Guess how many checks we had to make last night?
Charlotte went down in her crib at about 10 minutes to 7. She talked and fussed for a couple of minutes and was sound asleep by 7.
She proceeded to sleep until 12:30 am. 5.5 hours straight. The early morning hours weren’t the greatest sleep–very choppy and somewhat restless, but all in all she slept for about 9 hours and I’d still call the night a huge success.
I can’t even begin to tell you how amazed and relieved I am by her progress in just 4 nights. It’s working. It’s really working.
One change I’m really appreciating these days is actually related to our nursing relationship. I was growing increasingly resentful of all of her nighttime nursing. It was a huge stressor for me. Breastfeeding was even turning into a battle between me and Catch because she attributed the sleepless nights to breastfeeding. She really wanted me to quit.
Now that we’ve seen Charlotte demonstrate several times that she can go reasonable intervals at night without needing to nurse, the weight is starting to lift. I am enjoying our middle of the night nursing because it’s a chance to connect with my baby–whereas before, I was CONSTANTLY connected to her at night and I felt stuck.
Another unexpected bonus is actually related to my milk supply. When I get to work, my first pump of the day usually yields an average of 3.5 ounces (it goes downhill from there). On Monday, I got 5.5 ounces (the most I have ever pumped). Tuesday was 4.5 and today was 4. All well above my average. Charlotte is still nursing at least twice before I leave for work in the morning, so I attribute the difference to all of this extra sleep I’ve been getting. It’s wonderful. I still hate pumping with a passion, but at least I have a bit more to show for it, which is nice.
I love it when a plan starts to come together.