I cannot stress enough how dramatically different I feel now from how I felt at the start of winter break, about three weeks ago. The babies go to bed after nursing around 6:30 or 7 at night, and for the most part, stay asleep until 3 or 4 in the morning when they nurse and then go back to sleep until 6.
Our night times are dramatically different.
We used to spend every evening from 6 until 9, 10, and sometimes even 11 trying to get the babies to go to sleep and stay asleep. Now they pretty much do stay asleep. Occasioanlly they will wake up and start crying, so we stop listen on the monitor, start the timer, and get ready to start checks if necessary, but they usually go back to sleep in less than 5 minutes.
For now, if they cry after midnight, we give it a minute to see if they’ll go back to sleep. If they don’t, we change and feed, and then they go back to sleep. Siren has made it all the way through the night a few times now, and they both made it until 5:15 a.m. one night this week. I am just amazed by how quickly things have improved.
Now I actually have some time in the evenings to get things done for school, and I’ve been able to go to bed at 9 or 10 at night instead of 11. Getting a little more sleep has made all of the difference in the world as far as my attitude and perspective.
So hooray! I just wanted to post and let you know that we have been greatly helped by using the Ferber method.
The girls turned 9 months old yesterday. We took pictures, so I’ll try to post those soon. Now I have a couple of hours to myself every night, I am trying to tackle my to do list, and hopefully I’ll be able to write more.