Thursday, February 26, 2009

Nervous to Post This Story

I've wanted to write this blog posts for months, maybe even a year. And I almost did last October. Well, I wrote a pre-cursor to this post, but it backfired. Once I put the information out into the universe, a cruel twist was thrust into my story, leaving me hanging for another four months.

But now, my dream has been realized. And I've been living it for almost two weeks. So I think now, it is finally time to share my new reality with you.

Are you sitting down? (Duh you're reading this on a computer so of course you are!)

Okay. Here is it. My big news.

Charlotte. Is. Sleeping. Through. The. Night.

Woo hoo!!!

Are you cheering with me? I bet if you have ever raised a kid, you probably are.

I wish I could spell out a specific magic formula for how this happened. Lord knows I gave the No-Cry Sleep Solution its due time (six months!). But really, it came down to Charlotte was finally ready to have sleep be more important to her than nursing.

Contrary to the opinion of some people, I did not particularly enjoy waking up three or more times a night to nurse Charlotte. But, I knew that she was getting a good portion of her calories during that time and I could not take them away from her until she was ready to eat them during the day.

And around five weeks ago, she started to show that readiness. At first, she slept through one feeding and started drinking more water and asking for more snacks. Then after two weeks or so, she slept through another one. And then one night, she just didn't wake up at all. Now, she will wake up at least once each night, but after 2-4 minutes, she is right back asleep with just some fussy noises.

She still seems to like the same foods over and over again (typical for a toddler), but now she seems to be eating more of them. Tonight she even ate three whole chicken nuggets for dinner! That is a new record for her!

So, now that I have all of this new found rest, and am past the first trimester and sleeping better anyway, I can get on with my life. We have entered a new era in the Sabin household. Welcome to it!

Charlotte and Mommy sleeping the first day we brought her home.

8 comments:

  1. Congrats! Now you've got a few months to enjoy it before the next one - way to go!

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  2. I SOOOOOOO REmember those days!!! I know what a huge thing it is to sleep an entire night uninterrupted!!! and I'm soooo cheering with you! whoohooo!!! :)

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  3. That's wonderful news! I don't know how you managed to get up for so many months! You are a fantastic mom! I don't think I could have done it! I need serious sleep!!
    Hope you continue to feel well! Get some pregnant shots up here too! :)

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  4. Ooohhh how wonderful! I know what you mean....sometimes I don't even want to post something that great for fear that it will end. LOL

    Congratulations Miss Charlotte...what a big girl!

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  5. That's great! Hope you're able to get some serious sleep time in these months before the new baby arrives.

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  6. Your day has FINALLY arrived! I've been waiting anxiously with you, knowing that there is NO WAY I would have retained any sanity with your regiment. Your picture on this post reminds me of my new little bundle of joy. (Although Dave's pictures of me sleeping like this are never as flattering...)

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  7. Yay! I am so happy for you all!

    PS- I promise to get back to you. I just need more than 5 minutes to do so.

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  8. i'm doing my happy dance! cayman is sleeping 5hrs, steering and then sleeping 5 more hrs! soon he'll be joining the ranks of your superstar!

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