Our first official night of sleep training begins tonight. I have to blog to get my thoughts off of her little cries. I really, really, really am not a cry it out fan, but at this point it is getting ridiculous the amount of time that we have to hold and rock her at night to go to sleep. I don't mind if she wakes up in the middle of the night to nurse, but not going to bed for hours at night is not good for her, or for us. So it begins...
I did my research first, made sure she wasn't teething, and she is not sick. She is ten months old this week and just started talking a lot (blog post to come later about that). So after many prayers and talking about it with her and each other, we decided it was time. Please don't judge me or criticize me for doing the CIO approach. I used to think it was horrible too, but we just can't keep doing this and we have tried everything with her to no avail. Trust me it hurts my heart to do this, literally kills me. My only consolation in all this is to know that holding/rocking her wasn't helping her either to fall asleep at night as she would just cry then too, so I know she is just fighting sleep in general.
I found the Sleepeasy Solution and am praying that it only takes about 3 days like the book says. I don't know if my heart can handle more. I also have no idea how I am going to do this on my own. I probably won't be able to stick to it at naps as Chris won't be here to comfort me. But at least nighttime is a start, right?
Have any of you ever had to sleep train? How long did the crying last if you did?
My heart is breaking for her. Please, please, please say a prayer for both her and I.