I know many of you have been wondering about how the sleep training is going; I've gotten several emails and tweets asking for an update. Honestly, night time is still about the same. She cries, I come in and reassure her, and then we repeat about ten times before she actually falls to sleep. I was waiting until I had something a little more substantial before writing more on the subject. After all, you write what you know - and so far, I know nothing beyond the crying and soothing.
Then today we had an amazing breakthrough. Amazing to me, anyway.
It started out like any other nap time routine. She started getting cranky, the other two were starting to doze off, and I had some work that needed to get done around the house. I put her in her crib with her blankie and paci, kissed her on the head, and told her it was time to lay down. Of course, I was expecting a fight, but when I walked out she was as calm as could be.
After a couple of minutes, I peeked in on her - trying hard not to let her see me because I figured that would cause a meltdown. There she was, happily playing with her toes and babbling to herself. "Maybe she's not sleepy," I thought to myself, but decided to throw some clothes in the washer while she was content. Still no crying by the time I was finished, so I peeked in on her again.
She was sleeping! I could have jumped for joy. My baby girl put herself to sleep without me, without being so tired she couldn't help but to pass out, and without crying. I feel like maybe, just maybe, the sleep training is getting through to her; that when Momma says it's time to sleep, then she should go to sleep.
I'm sure we still have a few night time battles ahead of us, and that she isn't going to do this every time, but I am definitely going to chalk this one up as a successful nap time and brag about it for a while.