Monday, September 29, 2008
Grant has up until a few nights ago been a pretty decent sleeper. He takes good naps during the day and goes down easily at night. For the past couple of months, he is still waking up between 4 and 6 to nurse, but he usually would always go back to sleep without a fuss. While I'm ready for him to sleep till the morning, I can typically handle one feeding in the middle of the night and feel pretty rested the next day.
Starting three nights ago, Grant has been waking up between 4 and 6 and deciding he wants to stay awake and be social after nursing. At 6:00 a.m., that is an acceptable request even if it is too early for me. At 4:00 a.m., it is not acceptable. I am totally on board with letting him cry it out except I have a sleeping child who shares a wall with his squeals and cries. Another issue is that he is rolling onto his stomach and can't roll back over to his back. So if this happens he for sure will cry out loud.
Last night, I nursed him at 4:15, rocked a few minutes, and put him in his bed. He immediately started babbling and squealing. He is not crying; he is just awake. After about 20 minutes, I go back and do the same routine and again 20 minutes later where he did fall asleep. By now, it is 6:00 a.m.
Thankfully Laura didn't have to get up for school, so I could continue to sleep till Jim left for work. BUT, I do not want to start bad habits and I certainly don't want to be up for two hours each night.
Should I just let him babble, squeal and cry and not worry about waking Laura? Any advice is appreciated!!!!