So it's finally happened...we are not surprised at all. After sleeping in our arms for 6 months, Sofia has begun to refuse going into her crib at all. She basically will not be left alone for the past 3 or 4 nights. Again, we knew what we were creating while we were doing and we know what we have to do. Hopefully tonight, I will be able to allow her cry while comforting her with my voice and pats. We'll see how long that lasts, but it'll only be night one and I assume that this process will be easy. We can't blame the little baby girl - of course she's used to sleeping in our cuddling arms. I ..........................
And that's what I wrote yesterday and I can tell you that I let her squirm for all of 45 seconds before picking her up and cuddling her! She did go down in the crib for almost 2 hours so she did get some crib time. Let me explain the process and you'll see why it's so hard to not just love her up!
I got home with her at about 3:30, I fed her some mango and she played in her jumperoo a little bit. She was then obviously tired, so we went for the bath at about 4:30. After her quick bath and post-bath stuff (lotion,etc), I gave her a bottle and then just lay back on the big chair and within 2 minutes she was asleep - no fuss, no rocking, she just feel asleep by 4:50. So now she's asleep on me and I took a nap too! This works out well for both of us. At about 6:00, I get up and put her in the crib where she stays until about 8:00. (in truth, I probably put her down at 6:15 and she stirred at 7:45) At that time, she starts tossing and turning, eventually waking up and moaning. She doesn't cry, she just whines and groans. Her eyes are half closed and she look so distressed. My plan had been to let her stay that way and see what happens. Nope! I picked her up and within 10 seconds, she asleep again and we stayed on her chair until 10. At that time, she woke up, had a bottle and Russ took over...she ended up sleeping until 6 am this morning.(Remember her chair is a huge chair and a half with a huge ottoman and is where Russ has slept every single night since I went back to work, so it's not terrible at all) I didn't even try to put her down again last evening.
The point? I'm not doing a very good job at this. I know I should do what feels right and what I think is best for her, but at this point I really think she needs to learn how to put herself to sleep. I just can't resist the snuggle time. She seems so much more peaceful and content. We'll get there I'm sure.... Just not so sure when!
Six month check up was great. Sofia weighs 19 lbs 3 oz and measures 27.5". I was surprised she doesn't weigh more. She is in the 97th percentile for both measurements which means she is well proportioned. She was trooper through her 3 shots too.
My mom is coming in tonight!!! I'm so excited!
Here is Sofia from this morning...my happy, happy girl! How cute, by the way, that Russ decided she needed to wear 2 flowers in her hair today? Love him.