Are you getting sick of hearing about my long nights? Because I'm getting tired of talking about them but it is my life right now. At least today I have some good news to write about - I put both babies down in their cribs last night with very little (we're talking less than a minute) fussing! I think I'm slowly learning. I've been missing the window before they get too tired when I first put them down.
For the Dynamo, I hit it spot on last night at 6:40 PM. I've never seen him go down so well and I've never put him down so early. I had started a routine of reading a book before bed but I knew he was super tired so we skipped the book. He sleeps with his Fisher Price Seahorse and I have a Glomate Junior on in the nursery too. (They don't hold the Glomate yet but I keep it on the railing of the crib and it has a 15 minute timer which is awesome. They love to stare at it.)
Sweet Potato had a late afternoon nap - he was still sleeping when I got home from work at 5:30 - so he didn't go down until an hour after the Dynamo but I had the same luck with him - he fussed for about 30 seconds.
They both woke up for a bottle three hours after they went down and then again around 3 AM and 3:30. If you don't count the times before 11 PM (even though I went to bed at 8:30!), they only woke up once. I can't complain about that.
I do have another question though - my pediatrician told me at their two month check-up that at four months they would be sleeping ten hours. He told me at the four month check-up to let them CIO and if I had to, go in the basement with a pillow over my ears! He said once they are on solid foods, if they wake up a bunch of times during the night it is because of habit. The most I have let them cry is 15 minutes before I've gone to get them (really only the Dynamo) and that was only once*. He falls asleep usually within 10 minutes and I only do it when they first go down for the night or for daytime naps in the cribs**. The question is though - am I supposed to let them CIO in the middle of the night when they wake up? Because that is really where my problem has been. And they don't eat as much in the middle of the night. They guzzled about seven ounces before 11 PM but the 3 AM feedings were closer to four ounces. Am I supposed to wean them off that feeding? Or rather "those" feedings on the nights where they are awake more than once after midnight?
* On this night, I rocked the Dynamo in the dark in the nursery with a bottle and he fell asleep after drinking one and a-half ounces.
** The majority of the daytime naps still take place in the swings and bouncy seats but I've been bringing them up to their cribs during the day as much as possible.