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.
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.