When Brooklynn was around 2 months old, she started sleeping through the night. It caught us a little by surprise as we didn’t do anything special to encourage the behavior. We just wrapped her up in her swaddle blanket and put her down after a bath and bottle. 9 to 10 hours later, we would wake her up when we needed to get her ready for daycare. Rinse and repeat for the next two months. I’m sure we were a little smug about it. We would hear from nurses and friends how their kids didn’t sleep through the night until they were over a year old. Oh my, we would say, Brooklynn’s only three months old and she is a great sleeper. Right through the night. I can’t imagine what we would do if she would still be waking up. And then we would go about our day, assuredly confident that when night rolled around, we would be enjoying a full night’s rest uninterrupted by the cries of our very wonderful infant.
Smugness really has a way of coming back to bite you in the ass, doesn’t it?
Around 4 months, we think Brooklynn hit a small growth spurt when she started waking up in the middle of night. We would feed her and she would go right back to sleep for the remainder of the night. So we upped the amount of formula she was getting before bedtime and figured this would pass.
And then she got sick with a cold. We were on 4 plane flights in 11 days. Schedule and sleeping were not on the top of the things to do list. She just started to get back into good habits and we left for Christmas vacation. Vacation lead into a double ear infection and about the time we were coming off the last days of antibiotics, we found ourselves in the hospital for a week.
Somewhere over the past 3 months, we lost the ability to sleep through the night. Maybe lost, maybe forgot. Brooklynn also temporarily misplaced her knowledge of how to roll over as well. We’re hopefully all these stored memories eventually come back.
Last week, I got around 10 hours of sleep over the first three nights. Brooklynn decided she should eat at night again, but eating does not translate into sleeping afterwards. It translates into, well since I’m up, I will scream if you put me in my crib. It’s and interesting behavior because she goes to sleep by herself for naps and to start each night.
So, halfway through last week, on one night when I had had enough of a crying child, Rhiannon went to try and calm her down. She brought Brooklynn back into our room to hold her for a short time and presto, sleeping baby.
We have a king bed, and, not being one take an opportunity like this for granted, we left her in between us and went back to sleep. Blissful sleep.
10 days later, she still usually ends up between us at some point during the night. Over the weekend, when we all slept in as a family, she woke up all smiles between the two of us and looked around the room as if to say this was not her room and she would like to stay here.
Bad habit? Probably. Pay for it later? Most likely.
Worth it to save our sanity and get some rest? Most surely.