First of all, I tweaked the Ferber strategy. I didn't feel comfortable NOT nursing Wyatt when he woke up in the middle of night. I'm just not 100% sure he's not hungry or not. I know people say it's mostly comfort, but the kid is literally GULPING down breast milk at night, so I still think he needs it. So with that being said, YES, I did get up every two hours to feed him since that's when he would wake up. :( But I didn't bring him into bed with me, and that's a HUGE deal. I have a tendency to bring him into bed with me and fall asleep; thus he sleeps with me all night.
So here's the run down of the night:
- Laid him down at 7:50 awake after nursing him for a bit. He cried until 8:20 and I went in and reassured him three different times. He finally fell asleep.
- Woke up at 9:20 and I nursed him again. I laid him down fully awake and he cried for about 20 minutes, but it wasn't full on scream. He fell asleep around 9:40.
- I attempted to go to bed but couldn't. I'm so used to sleeping with him.
- He woke up at 11 pm. Nursed him and laid him down. NO CRYING! As soon as I laid him down I started stroking his face and he immediately fell asleep. (THIS IS INSANE)
- He woke up again at 1:40 am. Same thing as above. Nursed and then laid him down while stroking his face. Went straight to sleep.
- Woke up AGAIN at 3:40, which by this time I was an exhausted wreck and was extremely tempted to bring him into bed with me. I did not though (yay me!). I nursed him and laid him back down and he cried for about 10 minutes. So back to sleep by 3:50 am.
- Awake at 6:45 am and I brought him in bed with me. (I KNOW, I KNOW) I wasn't sure how well I could get him to go back to sleep since it was daylight already. And we woke up together at 8:30 am. SUCK IT FERBER.
So that's my night. I'm tired, but what else is new? I'm just as tired as I would be with him sleeping with me to be honest. I'm not going to eliminate night feedings and do Ferber at the same time. It's way too much at once (for me and for him). So I think I'll do this for awhile and then slowly eliminate a feeding one at a time. I think everyone will be much happier this way.
(Wyatt playing with his toys this morning. He seems in a good mood?)