07/02/2016

Shh! Don't Wake The Baby

After a week of trying to get Penelope to sleep in her room, things are slowing improving. Although our situation is not ideal as I am having to sit in the cot or sit on the floor by the cot in order for her to be in there, its doing the job at the end of the day. That's a big roll in right direction for us. 

Its all very bizarre when your child goes their first full night in their rooms for the first time in months, its the same flood of emotions you have when they first do it as little babies. Penny slept through for the first time in her room at 3 months old. Then at 7 months old it all went wrong. Lets remember my daughter is now reaching on 19 months old so its been a long time and proved very scary for my little one at the start of the week. I cradled her in my arms as she shook terrified of being in there. She screamed and I hushed her until she was calm. Seeing your child so scared of something as simple as their bedroom is heartbreaking, their bedroom should be their safe haven, a place they feel safe and at ease in. Instead we had a girl full of fear and upset.
Fast forward to mid week...I woke up at 6am the next morning one time this week and shot up like a light worried sick something might be wrong with her but all of a sudden I heard a grunt and a sigh from her moving positions and I knew she was fine. Nothing wrong with her in the slightest, she'd just had the best longest sleep in nearly a year in her own bed. No recurrent wake ups, no searching for me, not 2 extra bottles in the night for comfort, none of that just sleep.

Another minor change we have started is leaving her door half open instead of almost completly closing it. When shes co slept with us I always left the door open as i'll be honest I dont exactly like the dark myself. So I thought to make to transition from our room to hers. I'd make it as easy as possible, so now I leave the door open for extra light in her room.

Fast forward again to the end of the week. Saturday 5.33pm. Penny had not napped the whole day and was by then very unhappy, refused to eat much dinner, and to put it simply she just wanted to go to bed. I stripped her down, changed her nappy, and she had a mega meltdown from being over tired. I was sitting her on my knee just comforting her, two seconds later she was in dreamland, completely deep deep into dreamland. 

I looked over to Reese and whispered 'She's asleep?'. He replied shocked 'What the?!' as we was just listening to her cry two seconds before hand. How can she be asleep already? She was in just a nappy at this point. The next mission was to attempt to put her pjs on. This is where I started my laughing fit. Trying to put toddler arms into sleeves when completely floppy is HARD and hilarious. You can only imagine the scene. Reese trying to shuffle Pennys arms through and me trying to hold her arm up while laughing so hard I had tears in my eyes. What great parenting from me. Poor Penny!

Anyway we got her dressed after such a faff and many laughs. This had never happened to us before. Shes never crashed out like that and is normally the worlds lightest sleeper. Times are changing quite clearly. First we have her in her bedroom for full nights, now we're having crash outs and her refusing to wake up. 

I'm so glad shes feeling more confident with sleeping. Super proud of her! Lets home her great sleeping run only gets better and she feels safer in her room.

        
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18 comments:

  1. aww, bless her it sounds like she is adjusting and hate to say it growing up. My son is a sleeper, he sleeps anywhere, apart from his own bed. He turned 5 two weeks ago and still co sleeps with me, we have decided to try to get him to share his older brothers bedroom, so he feels he has company, but I will try that leaving the door open so lots of light, as I always als sleep with the door open, to hear all of my children.
    I hope she continues settling for you in her own room.

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    1. Hope all goes well with the bedroom sharing I think that might just work for you. Must be the feeling of company xx

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  2. Oh she does sound like she is doing well.

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  3. I'm glad that she is sleeping better, see sticking with it does help :) Lets hope she stays in her bed for good now. Bless her heart. x

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    1. Heres to a full nights future! Thankyou hun x

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  4. Oh it's so hard when you kids have sleep issues. I think it takes it toll on you as well as them. It sounds like you are making great progress - what ever your approach is clearly working.

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    1. Oh i've had times when i've felt a toll on me. It gets to much and I find myself getting soooo ffrustrated. It has been so hard x

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  5. Aw bless her she must of been so knackered to fall asleep like that! Ah when they start sleeping for full nights it's amazing isn't it xx

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    1. She must have been, we've definately never had her do that before. Normally we need to give her a push to go to sleep if you know what I mean.

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  6. Aww I hope her sleeping gets better too, for both of your sakes. I used to be scared of the dark as a little kid. I can remember the fear going to bed brought on even now x

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    1. Thankyou lovely, shes doing so much better. Aw that's awful you were so frightened of the dark, must have had a big impact on your to still remember the fear now x

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  7. I'm so glad that she's getting better at going in her own room. It's a really difficult transition to make but you both sound like you're doing a fantastic job x

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    1. Thankyou Lisa, so far so good. Its been a long year but I'm so shocked at how quickly she has jumped into all this! x

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  8. We are going to be putting our son in his own room in a few weeks so this has been so much help! I hope she stays in there and gets better for you xx

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    1. Thankyou Ashleigh, its a really nice feeling to know I've potentially helped you out in some way. One parent to another its great to help. I hope it goes well with your son, if you need anything just email me L.mulrooney91@gmail.com xx

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  9. It must have been a huge transition to get Penny to sleep in her own room again, but it sounds like you've made huge progress! Fingers crossed it continues :) x

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    1. Its been a slow process thats for sure. But it just shows you it all pays off. Thankyou lovely x

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