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Sleep Training Night #4

I never thought it would be so easy and relatively painless to sleep train Violet. She is still under 1 year and maybe that is why its a little easier. Even though she can stand, I think she is tired enough to just lay down the entire time. So here is how I did it.

I started implementing a bedtime routine. After changing into her pjs, I read a book to her. It has been the same book – Who Likes Goodnight Kisses by Barney Salzberg. I figured the consistency will help with the routine. With the dim light on, I nurse her until she is drowsy but not asleep. Then I pop her off the breast and turn off the light. I hold her for a minute or two, rocking her to keep her calm, and then put her in the crib. The 2nd night, she cried for 10 minutes and after I picked her up, calmed her down, and put her back in the crib, she cried for less than 5 minutes.

The 3rd night and tonight, she didn’t even cry. And last night was the very first night she stayed in her crib until the morning. She woke up crying 4 times and each time, I nursed her and put her back in the crib. She just went right back to sleep. V had almost 12 hours of sleep – that may explain why she only had two 30-minute naps today.

For what it’s worth, I am happy I initiated the ST since I was really dreading all the crying and screaming. I am even more glad that it worked out so well. The next thing we need to fix is her naps – in the crib, and not in the wrap!



Today has been a very busy day. The Brazilian students staying with us had a free day today so we took them to dim sum at Century Plaza. They really enjoyed it and the food was excellent today.

I’ve been holding V for the last 90 minutes on her rocking chair. She woke up after only 20 min into her sleep and M went to pick her up and rock her back. As I tried to take a nap, I kept hearing her cry out so I went in and nursed her.

She was literally attached to me for 45 min and as a result, she slept for a total of 2 hrs and 15 min. My lower back was sore. But she woke up happy.

On the plus side for me, I got to watch 2.5 episodes of Prison Break – a marathon in tv watching. Yay. How often do I get to sit and watch something?

I also tried to put her in the MeToo chair during dinner. She didn’t last too long because she was sinking. She’s in bed now and I’m hoping she won’t wake up again until much much later.

Well, it’s now just after 6pm and she did wake up. I think she thinks she was taking a nap and is planning to go back to bed for 7pm. Z is taking his bath with M and he is still cute as ever before. I love his little nakedness.


Adventures in Sleeping

Tonight, we tried M’s suggestion of half swaddling V for her sleep in the crib. Just like Z used to be, she has been asleep with her arms free since 7pm. Last 4 nights, she slept in the carseat. I’m so glad she’s able to lie down tonight.

Both kids went to bed for 7pm and its so nice to have that time after to do whatever we want. I’ve recently discovered Prison Break (2 nights ago) and can’t stop watching it. Last night I had to stop myself from watching another episode so I could catch extra sleep. And I did. I woke up feeling a lot better.

It’s already 9pm. I’m going to watch another one and go to sleep. I watched one earlier with M.

No Rest for the Wicked

Here’s to another rough day. As I write this, I’m feeling the pouding headache that comes with a flu. I’ve been going nonstop since last night. I think the longest stretch of sleep I got is 3.5 hrs. I’m beyond exhausted.

I’m sitting on the couch nursing V, for the 5th time in the last 2 hrs, dreading that Z is going to wake soon. V fell asleep on the walk to Roywood but woke up 15 min later. Then she had a 30 min nap at lunch, followed bu another 30 min nap in the afternoon. The 4th nap is often the hardest one.

I am waiting for .M to come home.


Today is back to routines for everyone. The winter/Xmas break is over and today is the 1stbday back to school for kids and teachers alike, including Z’s dad. For 2 weeks, there was no real schedule. We get out of bed around 7:30 am, sometimes 8:00 am for breakfast and stay in our pjs for most of the morning.

It was not a happy situation when daddy had to leave this morning. Z was very upset because he got so used to having daddy around for 2 weeks. V was crying in her carseat because she wanted to sleep already and the strap was twisted and M was running late for work. In the end, the crying ceased and off we went for our day.

Our daily routine involves going to Roywood School (15 min walk from our house, thank goodness for that!”. We get there for about 9am and stay til 11:15 am. It’s great because that is our morning right there and Z gets to socialize and be with other kids. It also gets me out of the house, too.

During gym time, they have balls, rings, and ride-on toys to play with. I usually am. It able to play with him some fends for himself and he is fine. I just keep an eye out for him. Usually around 11:10 am, Marianne calls out, “one more minute!” and it gives the kids an indication of when it’s about to end. Today, Z helped clean up by bringing hiss equipment he was playing with back. Then he went back to. Where he was playing, and to my surprise, picked up 3 more balls, all different sizes, and put them back in the ball sack! Then after he was satisfied there were no more balls to be picked up, he took his place in front of a wall, getting ready to play “touch the wall”.


Coming home for lunch is always hectic because both kids are usually awake. If V is fed, I can usually leave her on a chair by herself while i make Z’s lunch. Z plays well on his own and he took out the back cushions off the couch and was jumping on them on the floor. I found him lying down with Eyore. Apparently, they were sleeping. Once I had his lunch ready, I put him in the high chair, a bib, and gave him his bowl of Cream of Mushroom soup, and a mortadella sandwich. I took V up to try to sleep her.

After 10 min or so, I came down to check on Z. I was worried I’d find a big mess because while I was nursing V, I kept hearing banging noises. I immediately thought that he had thrown his plate and bowl around and that there was soup everywhere on the floor. Much to my surprise, he showed me his empty plate and bowl proudly, with soup dribbling all over his chin and bib. I, too, was so proud. Dessert was strawberries and Nutella. Again, I had to leave him to got to V because she was crying and fussing.

A it turned out, she was not ready for the sleep sack. Everytime she twitched, it woke her up and made her upset. So we went back to the good old swaddle and I had to nurse her to calm her down again. Then I went down to check on Z and eat my lunch, too,

And here is what I found…


Sleep Issues

Eversince V was born, Z has been having sleep issues. He uses to sleep through the night, especially after we sleep-trained him post Chicago.

Normal wakeup time used to be 6-645 am. Nowadays, not only does he wake up way before that, but he also has difficulty falling asleep on his own and requires our help.

Also, being sick for the last week or so didn’t help either. It has been a very rough time with both kids’ sleep. It’s amazing how she’ll wake up when he wakes up even if she can’t hear him through her noisemaker. It’s so exhausting, especially since this is supposed to be M’s holiday break.

Today, Z woke up at 3:50 am crying out for me. After unsuccessful attempts with M, I went in and managed to have him lie down and stay down for 20 min. Our worst fear was about to come true once the clock hits 5 am, that is it for sleep. I overheard him arguing and insisting on going downstairs. I had to go to V because she was fussing.

By the time I came back from her room, it was quiet in his room. I’m praying he’s asleep on the couch with M. Otherwise, its going to be a long day with a tired cranky toddler.

Looks like we have to sleep train him again next week. This has got to end.

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