We are in the midst of transitioning Hadley into sleeping in her crib at night time. Up until now she has been sleeping cozily in her Rock n Play in our room through the night. Yes! We are oh so lucky! But with the recommendation of our doctor, combined with the fact that she is starting to get a little too big for her RnP, we decided to bite the bullet and go for it.
Maybe, we're just gluttons for punishment, but even though she has entered the dreaded "4 month sleep regression", we decided to power through and continue on with her move to her crib, which is not one, but two floors below our bedroom. Yeah, we're smart.
Anyway, so here's how things have been going at the Guinn household...
Night #1: Put Hadley down swaddled in her crib at 8:30pm. Mommy gets teary-eyed about losing her baby and realizes we only have 6,720 more nights until she leaves us for college!!! :( We get over it pretty fast once we realize we can watch "Narcos" with the volume on instead of with closed captions! Yep, Hadley... your parents know how to live.
We then place bets on when she will wake up. Mason guesses 2am, I guess midnight. She wakes up at 11:35pm, then again at 12:35am, and then once more at 1:35am before I cry "Uncle" and bring her back upstairs to our bedroom. Umm, yeah.. so that went well... Give the baby exactly what they want! That'll teach 'em!
Next Day: Spend all day researching ways to sleep train H. One lady suggested putting crib blocks on one side of the crib to elevate it and also roll up some blankets under the crib sheet to place on either side of her. Genius! This will trick her into thinking she is still in her Rock N Play! So I spend a good portion of the day pimping out Hadley's crib so that it will be an oasis of comfort. We even throw a mattress down next to her crib so Mama could crash downstairs in case things got bad, because we mean business tonight!
Night #2: I am ready! Bring it on baby!!!! I spent all day reading up on the "Pick Up/Put Down" method for when she wakes herself up and her crib is ready to go - Let's do this! I bathe her, feed her, read books to her, swaddle her up... BOOM in bed asleep by 8PM. Piece. Of. Cake. At 10:30PM, she hasn't even turned her head once. I AM A FREAKING BABY SLEEP TIME WHISPERER GENIUS!!! I pass out....
.....At 2AM I wake up and look at the monitor.
Hadley is NOT in her crib. In my sleepy stupor, I suppose that she must have woken up and Mason must have gone downstairs and picked her up. I turn over. See Mason in bed. WITHOUT HADLEY!!! @#$$#$%^&((&^$$#%^&*(*^%$#@#$%
"MASON!!!!!!! WHERE'S HADLEY!?!?!?!?!"
"HADLEY'S NOT IN HER CRIB!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
Mason flies down the stairs, while I am left panic stricken staring at the monitor thinking the absolute worst.
Our little trickster had scooted herself down to the very bottom of her crib and was out of range of the camera. No. BIG. DEALLLLL!!! She just thought I had turned her crib into a giant slide! Cool - thanks Mom!!
OMG!!! Mason and I each shaved off 10 years of our lives last night. I mean seriously, shit got real FAST. Talk about ways to send yourself to an early grave. I spent the next hour staring at her monitor, because who can go back to sleep after that. Finally around 3:30AM she started fussing and I threw all my sleep training techniques out the window and happily scooped her up and brought her back to our bedroom.
And that ladies and gentleman was the last time I ever slept again.
*Crib risers have since been removed. Who would ever do such a thing??! Mama's desperate for sleep, apparently. Don't do this people!!!
*Heart rate has still not gone back down to normal.
*Hadley might be sleeping in her Rock n Play in our room until High school. Maybe longer...