Step One: Lots of daytime activity and playing
Step Two: Firmly establish bedtime routine...as follows
PJs and Reading a bedtime story
Gas Relief (Burping). Matt and I have done this routine since she was born but have been highly inconsistent at best!!
Step Three: When good and drowsy lay her down in her bed.
Step Four: Go in at timed intervals until she fell asleep.
So how is it going??? It is improving. The first night she woke up every hour until two and then slept through the rest of the night. During naps, it was an ordeal to get her to sleep and then both naps twenty minutes in the dogs went crazy and woke her up. Sooooo....last night we changed master bedrooms to one the guest bedroom furthest away from the dogs. It was that or get rid of them. Last night, although it took a while to get her to sleep (My Fault, I moved her because she had spit up and we had to start all over..stupid, stupid, stupid) but she slept until 5, woke up for 10 minutes and fell back asleep until 9:30. It is miserable at times but it is getting better and I know in the end we will be happy and she needed to be able to fall asleep or back asleep on her own. In the meantime I feel like a neglectful mom b/c I just want to pick her up and rock her to sleep...but that is not what's best for her (I have to repeat that to myself a million times a day). If anyone has a better way...let me know!!
She is taking all of this pretty well. I just took this picture. (I honestly think I have cried more than her....I used to not be this sen-si-tive! I am hoping it is just hormones and it goes away.)
Blinded by the flash.
You might not be able to tell in this picture, but she has her head and shoulders completely off the ottoman. She is doing crunches...haha...no, she thinks she can sit up on her own. She will grab my fingers and without me pulling, she will sit all the way up. The doctor kept talking about how strong she is! She does not like to lay flat.