Tonight we start the new sleep training for Liam. The days have been getting better, all due to a certain genious named Marc Weissbluth. He is the author of the highly acclaimed book, Healthy Sleep Habits, Healthy Child. We have tried various philosophies in many, many, many (and more!) sleep books looking for the one that would make sense to us.
Here is a brief clip on his philosophy on sleep training:
So now, Liam, being eight and a half months old, is still waking up two to five times a night to nurse. I know, you're thinking 'What the $^@#,' right? No reason why a little man in his right mind would do this? We are stumped as well, hence the sleep research.
Tonight we start the sleep training. After great success with the naps, we start with Weissbluth's nighttime advice - to cry it out. We have tried this before, but out stubborn little man has amazing crying capabilities and will go on and on and on.
As in (sometimes) two hours.
Without taking a break.
We've had him checked out, so we know that he is healthy, happy, fed, diapered, at the right temperature, and is overall, fine. We know that this won't put him into therapy when he's thirty claiming that his parents abandoned him when he was eight months. And we know that a little crying won't hurt him.
But will it hurt us? What if it's two hours? Ah!
Wish us luck. Cross your fingers. Hold on to that rabbit foot. We're expecting a long one...