September 25, 2008

...we did it...

bedtime has never been my favorite time of the day for more than one reason. zac...he's not a problem. we have our nice little routine with him of brushing our teeth, reading three books, a prayer, and some milk. pretty simple...minus the fact that sometimes i end up sitting on his floor for close to an hour until he falls asleep. but for the most part, it's not bad.

emerson on the other hand...now that's where i get stressed out of my mind when it comes to going to sleep. and not only at night, but for naptime as well. and the main reason is because, i hate to admit it, but i have still been nursing her to sleep. actually, i should say i have been pacifying her to sleep. she has never taken a binky, and hasn't been crazy about the bottle or the sippy cup, so i'm the lucky one! and it really is not her fault, i know it's me...but i just haven't had the energy to just stick it out and get the whole weening thing done! until this week...

thankfully my friends jessica & kelli came and stayed with us for a few days and they were the perfect moral support that i needed in order to start this whole process. jess referred me to supernanny's website and i got on and found some great information...and i learned that i'm not the only one that has struggled with this problem...which of course helped me feel better. anyway, long story short...the first night...she woke up at 11 p.m. and cried & screamed like no other. at 2:30, i had had enough and shut her door as well as my door and went to bed. i'm not sure exactly when she finally fell asleep...but she did. anyway...second night, i was all geared up to do the same thing....but it was amazing what happened. i did the little routine that i found on the supernanny website of a warm bath, reading, rocking, bottle, and soft lullabies, and she was asleep within 15 minutes...no crying at all!!! and no boob, just a bottle! and even more amazing, the same thing happened tonight!! yes, i am so happy! and yes, i am so proud of myself for just sticking it out and being strong and getting the job done. it was way easier than i thought it would be...thanks to supernanny's website, and of course, the support of my friends!! now i'm going to bed to enjoy a good night's sleep...so great! :)

15 comments:

Charlotte said...

Hooray for you! That first night is SO hard, but SOOOOO worth it! Congrats on being a looking-forward-to-bedtime mom!

Kelli and Chad said...

You rock!! I knew that you could do it. Stick with it, don't get discouraged if she tests you from time to time. My 13 month old still does that some nights! Let me know if you need anything else. Thanks again for everything, you made me feel so welcome at your house. Hope to see you again soon :)

Denise said...

You make me proud:)

Jon said...

supernanny is the bomb-digidy. I watch it because I had no idea what role a father was supposed to play in raising kids because I had never really had one. I think she is awsome.

Jeff and Kandis said...

congrats!
I love supernanny!
Isn't it the best feeling to put your kids to bed and WALK AWAY. What to do with all that time??

JJLanier said...

Hooray! Bedtime has been a struggle for us at times too. I think we get stuck in a routine just as much as our kids do. I just started reading a book called 'Love and Logic Magic for Early Childhood'. It is wonderful so far and it has a chapter on bedtime.

brit said...

that is so great! i can't even imagine that! my kids have had lots of other issues, but sleep has never been one of them. we just moved avi's bedtime back to 8, but she will sleep until at least 8 the next morning. with a 3 hour nap. i guess i didn't really know how lucky i am. i am so happy for you!!!!!

jeff and pam said...

YAY Lyndsie! I'm so glad it worked for you and little Emerson. . .man, I love the feeling when the kids are in bed and I didn't spend all my energy getting them there. . . it really is the best. congrats! hey, when are you coming to Boise? For Halloween maybe?! that would be fun. . .

The Reichmans said...

I am so glad that you found something that worked for you-it is so stressful when they don't sleep. Ryan has been a pretty good sleeper but recently he decided he wanted to start staying up till midnight. It is a blast. I hope she keeps going to bed for you

Melissa allred said...

Awesome!! Good work! I love supernanny! But good for you!

Tanya said...

so glad! i remember you saying how stressful bedtime was when we were in boise! how wonderful!

These Four Walls said...

Great job! We are going through our own bedtime issues right now. For some reason Owen gets up every night at 2:00 and wants to get in bed with us.

Skidmore Family said...

Congratulations on finally getting a full nights sleep! It will be nice to be able to get away now and not need to worry about Emmerson and her nighttime routine.

aaron and erin kusch said...

Congats! That's a big deal. I love the suppernanny. You've been on my mind. I hope all is going well for you.

zes said...

hey lyndsie, I just found your cute blog! i can not believe how old zac is!!! he was always our favorite in nursery:)

ps. you are so talented, how did you create your cute background and little thing with supper nanny?? (I am kinda new to this whole thing)