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09 December 2006 @ 08:40 am
thought you might get a kick out of this  

OK, here's my situation. My Mommy has had me for almost 7 months. The first few months were great--I cried, she picked me up and fed me, anytime, day or night. Then something happened. Over the last few weeks, she has been trying to STTN (sleep thru the night). At first, I thought it was just a phase, but it is only getting worse. I've talked to other babies, and it seems like it's pretty common after Mommies have had us for around 6 months. Here's the thing: these Mommies don't really need to sleep. It's just a habit. Many of them have had some 30 years to sleep--they just don't need it anymore. So I am implementing a plan. I call it the Crybaby Shuffle.

It goes like this:

Night 1--cry every 3 hours until you get fed. I know, it's hard. It's hard to see your Mommy upset over your crying. Just keep reminding yourself, it's for her own good.

Night 2--cry every 2 hours until you get fed.

Night 3--every hour.

Most Mommies will start to respond more quickly after about 3 nights.
Some Mommies are more alert, and may resist the change longer. These Mommies may stand in your doorway for hours, shhhh-ing. Don't give in. I cannot stress this enough: CONSISTENCY IS KEY!! If you let her STTN (sleep through the night), just once, she will expect it every night. I KNOW IT'S HARD! But she really does not need the sleep, she is just resisting the change. If you have an especially alert Mommy, you can stop crying for about 10 minutes, just long enough for her to go back to bed and start to fall asleep. Then cry again. It WILL eventually work. My Mommy once stayed awake for 10 hours straight, so I know she can do it.

Last night, I cried every hour. You just have to decide to stick to it and just go for it. BE CONSISTENT! I cried for any reason I could come up with.My sleep sack tickled my foot. I felt a wrinkle under the sheet. My mobile made a shadow on the wall. I burped, and it tasted like pears. I hadn't eaten pears since lunch, what's up with that? The cat said "meow". I should know. My Mommy reminds me of this about 20 times a day. LOL. Once I cried just because I liked how it sounded when it echoed on the monitor in the other room. Too hot, too cold, just right--doesn't matter! Keep crying!! It took awhile, but it worked. She fed me at 4am. Tomorrow night, my goal is 3:30am. You need to slowly shorten the interval between feedings in order to reset your Mommies' internal clocks.

P.S. Don't let those rubber things fool you, no matter how long you suck on them, no milk will come out. Trust me.
inawhile on December 9th, 2006 06:15 pm (UTC)
HAHAHAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH this is so funny!! I love the "cat said 'meow' part"
amathystamathyst on December 9th, 2006 11:19 pm (UTC)
Avonavon on December 10th, 2006 01:18 pm (UTC)
I think that is the phase my twins are in. But they got themselves coordinated so they alternately screem at the same time and then next time they tag team. Last night I had them both on bed, sleeping on me. I dreamed I had quadruplets. I guess I was feeling way outnumbered.
Amanda-liciouskandi_bomber on December 10th, 2006 04:14 pm (UTC)
how old are your twins?

my son is 5months, he is good at eating and sleeping...he just likes to do it every few hours still. lol.

The sad thing is that he is in my bed sleeping right now, and I am awake with the other kids.
not fair huh? hehe
canadian_mommacanadian_momma on December 10th, 2006 03:56 pm (UTC)
That is great. I think Liam and Gage are a lot alike. He was up every hour and a half again last night. I got desperate and put him in his swing at 7:30 and got 2 solid hours while he slept in there. I'm so tired, but I can't really be mad...he's too damn cute and sweet.
Amanda-liciouskandi_bomber on December 10th, 2006 04:12 pm (UTC)
I didnt write this, I found it online and thought that it was hularious how it compared how "experts" talk about babies and sleep...but now a baby talking about moms and sleep.

not that Gage sleeps through the night or anything, but really? I dont dont expect him too.
he is only just 5small months old :)

Gage has been sleeping in his crib for the first half the night, then with me.
I am WAY too tired to keep staying awake the put him back in there, and i love his small warm body all snuggle with me
helena_mae on January 14th, 2007 01:59 am (UTC)
not that Gage sleeps through the night or anything, but really? I dont dont expect him too.

I know. Breast fed babies are not supposed to! I used to hate when people would ask me that. "Is he sleeping through the night yet?"
Even his doctor said "he should be sleeping through the night" at his 4 month visit. At his 5 month visit, she told me I could tell him to go back to sleep because they have dreams now. WTF?!!! She said some kooky things on the last visit. Next month the husband is coming with me so he can hear for himself also.

By 5 mos of age, I've adapted to the baby not STTN. I go to bed earlier. If he does sleep 6 or 7 hours, it's a nice, nice treat. Now that one tooth is here, he has gone back to sleeping 5,6 or 7 hours a night this week. For me, that is "through the night"!
stephpregnancy2stephpregnancy2 on December 12th, 2006 06:43 pm (UTC)
I knew babies were manipulative.. this just proves it. ;)