I'm back with my #4 Favorite post! This is a funny one because Dashiell still isn't sleeping through the night and I'm so over it! But at the time I was getting sad about nursing being close to over and having to say goodbye to the middle of the night wake ups. Now! I can't wait to say goodbye to them! When will I ever sleep through the night? Not soon enough!
Anyway, this is what I had to say about it back in February when he was just 10 months old. He's getting better now, usually only up once and quickly back to sleep!
Dashiell is almost ten months and not sleeping through the night. Not even close. Last night he was up three times. Usually he's up 2-3 times and I nurse him to sleep and I'm back in bed in twenty minutes.
This is completely intentional and I was reminded yesterday as to why.
I picked him up from daycare and as soon as I walked through the door he fell on his butt and started crying. I ran over to him and swooped him up and gave him kisses galore.
Then he reached his arms out to his teacher.
I won't lie and say this didn't bother me. It did. If this wasn't my second child I probably would have driven home in tears.
I told myself that this was a good thing. He is happy there. He spends a lot of time there and this particular teacher is wonderful and kind and loving. We spend a lot of money to give our children the best possible care.
I also told myself that she's not there at midnight to hold him when he cries, I am.
She's not there at 3AM to rub his belly when he has gas, I am.
She can't nurse him to sleep, I can.
I'm not ready to give that up. I would miss stumbling down the hall and swooping him up out of his crib and comforting him.
I don't get to do that during the day, she does. I get him all night and I'm not about to let that go. Especially when I saw him reach out to another woman.
I should say I have very strong feelings about "crying it out" and teaching your child to soothe himself. I don't think it needs to happen in the first year. When my babies cry, I go to them. I did the same with Annabelle and I don't regret it at all.
I would have regretted the torment of letting her cry when there was something I could have done to stop it. I would have regretted missing out on those middle of the night feedings because it was what I thought I needed or should have done.
I have a couple of months until I will start weaning. Just a couple more months of pumping in the bathroom at work. After that I know he won't get up as much and eventually not at all. I know I'll miss it.
One day he won't need me at all.