I know I'm being a little dramatic. I honestly haven't even lost that much sleep. But that is because I've been going with a three strikes rule, I'll try and put Elsie down in the crib three times, the fourth time I have to get her back to sleep she is going in the rock 'n play. She hasn't made it past 11pm in the crib.
Elsie has always fought naptime and bedtime a little bit. Sometimes it was really bad, sometimes she would just give in right away, but there was usually a fight. The last week? You'd think I was torturing the girl. She screams and growls and arches her back and wants nothing to do with me rocking her to sleep. I thought maybe she was just pissed about the swaddle, but unswaddling her didn't make even the tiniest difference. She got pissed as soon as she realized it was naptime. So it is for reals time to do some sleep training. But I didn't think we could do any of that with her still swaddled in the rock 'n play.
For one, she busts out of the swaddle like it's her job these days. Doesn't matter how tight I do it, or how many blankets I use, she gets her arms out. She is a little sleep sack ninja. And two, I didn't want to teach her to put herself to sleep in the rock 'n play, just to try and convince her to do it in the crib not too long from now. And I didn't think it was fair to her to go from rocking her to sleep, swaddled in the rock 'n play one night, to setting her down in her crib unswaddled the next and walking away. So we're trying to just throw all the sleep props out the window at once. Fun for everyone, right?
We started this weekend by swaddling with just one arm in. That transition hasn't been seamless, but it was going alright. She didn't nap quite as well and woke a couple times a night (but went back to sleep when I rocked the rock 'n play :o), but it wasn't terrible. Then last night we decided to try and get her in the crib. I rocked her to sleep, set her down, she woke up like two minutes later. I rocked her back to sleep, and she slept for a little over an hour. Yay and boo all in one. I rocked her back to sleep, she woke up a minute after I laid her down. Three strikes you're out. I fed her, got her back to sleep and stuck her in the rock 'n play.
Monday I decided to try naps in the crib. HA. The first time I laid her in there, she slept 15 minutes. I got her back to sleep and she slept another 40. But that was already her afternoon nap. Her last nap of the day she actually slept 90 minutes. Boom. Joke's on me though. Last night I spent over an hour rocking her to sleep, putting her down, her waking up and on and on. She hit her three strikes by 9:15pm. Into the rock 'n play she went. I know consistency is a good thing, but this mama (and everyone else) needs their sleep.
I could not stop laughing at this when I walked in the room.
So now what do I do? Tonight I really wanted to start the sleep training process with the Ferber method, but I don't know if that's the best idea. I know lots of you out there are probably thinking I'm awful for wanting to do Ferber, but it worked with Ryann (read about it here, here and here) and changed all our lives for the better. And with the way she fights me about going to sleep, I'm at a loss for anything else to try. I really wish we'd tried transitioning to the crib sooner, but we kept coming up with excuses not to. Oy.
If you have any thoughts or suggestions send them my way. Unless you're going to slap my wrist for considering letter her cry it out. That I don't need to hear. Constructive comments or virtual booze are very much so welcome :o). We've got to do something, because not only is it frustrating to try and put her to sleep when she's fighting me, but I've got Ryann to be concerned with too.