Sunday, July 10, 2011
Oh Happy Day!
I am happy to report that Noa is doing a lot better. After all the wonderful advice I decided I needed to bit the bullet and undo the bad habit I had created with Noa and his napping. For those of you that don't know, Noa usually only naps in my arms. Let me start by explaining that this was not the kind of parent I planned on being, it just happened. Chris and I figured out it all started when I was nursing exclusively, Noa was so fussy, so we assumed he had colic and I cut things out of my diet and I started rocking him to sleep and pretty much doing anything to get him to fall asleep. After his one month doctors appointment, we learned that Noa wasn't getting enough to eat, at all. He had gained only a single once in almost 4 weeks! He was supposed to gain that in a day. Stressed and feeling like a horrible mom I started pumping to ensure he got enough milk as well as continuing to let him nap in my arms. Well as you can imagine this has gotten really old, after five months of almost being glued to the house I decided that's it somethings got to give. So over the weekend I started working on his sleep problems one at a time, first the napping I started laying him in his crib after I rocked him and you wont believe that he has been sleeping in his crib for an hour now and he's still asleep. I orignally tried letting him cry himself to sleep but he didn't fall asleep and I couldn't do it. I remembered a book that Meesa swears by "Secrets of the Baby Whisperer" I had read it when I was pregnant and tried it when Noa was a few weeks old but that's when he wasn't eating enough so it didn't work and I forgot about it. I picked up the book yesterday and it actually had a whole chapter on Noa's problems it was like a God send. Thanks Meesa! So the plan is to get him to feel comfortable in his room and his crib so eventually he will drift off to dreamland on his own. I just can't believe it's working, I would recommend this book to anyone. I just wanted to say thanks for all of the great advice, it really gave me the motivation to do something different. Hopefully in a week or so Noa will be sleeping like a pro.