Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Sleep training - an update

As usual, nothing goes smoothly without a bunch of changes to the plans to try to make things actually work for us. We had almost two weeks of improvement after I started the last plan, but then things went downhill. And really, I was nursing them to sleep if they'd let me and a lot of the time, they were letting me.

Then we had a couple of bad attempts, where it would have worked had they been on their own, but they weren't and they were waking each other up. SO FRUSTRATING!

We went and got the book Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy twins, but I have to admit I suck at reading these kinds of books. I try to skim it to find the info I need without reading the whole thing - I've never been good at reading the instructions for something ;)

The book seemed to go on and on about how the non sleeping twin likely wouldn't disturb the good sleeper. *holding hand up* What happens when neither one sleep dude??!

So, plan B is to go back to plan A but to do it one at a time. Last night Quinn fell asleep all on his own at bedtime, fussed for awhile but only about 1/2 an hour around 10:30, nursed back to sleep at 2:30am and then slept through to 6am. That was the best night we've had in weeks! We then brought Juliette into our room and she slept with us and woke at 10:30, 2, 4 and 6:30. A bit more than Quinn - but not bad! And Quinn is napping in his crib again now!

The challenge will be what we do once Quinn is trained and we want to work on Juliette. Do we take Quinn out of the room for that time? Will that muck up all the work we did? I have a hard time believe he'll be able to sleep through Juliette's crying - she's loud!

Now, I need to figure out what I'm doing wrong that my body hurts after sleeping in my bed most of the night instead of a chair. I'm obviously sleeping in a bad position and/or our mattress isn't great.


Anonymous said...

Maybe your body adjusted so much to sleeping in a chair that sleeping in a bed is awkward now. Hopefully, you'll adjust back to normal in a short time.

nonlineargirl said...

Do you have a pack-and-play or other portable crib? Can you put Quinn in that in your room while you work on Juliette?

We have that book too, and from what I can tell you don't have to read the whole thing, since much of it is about why sleep is important and how sleep works with children. Left me annoyed and wanting to yell get to the advice already!