Last night was the first night in just over three weeks where i got a decent night sleep.
For the past few weeks Oliver has been torturing us through out the night with his screaming because he wants to get in bed and be close to me. It all started when i got his hair cut and although it needed i was in two minds to do it as he uses his hair as comfort. Well i certainly paid for my decision as from that day he has woke up in the night, climbed out of his cot and into my bed, crawled up straight the middle of his Dad and i, put his hand out to find my hair, once his fingers were entwined around the strands of my hair he drifted off to sleep. A few days ago i blogged about wanting some sleep and what we was going through read about it here.
I have had a few bad nights since where i have laid in my bed and listened to him scream and cry, watched him kick and punch his cot in temper but it’s looking like my perseverance and persistence has played off as last night he pretty much slept through waking once to have a little cry but he laid back down and fell asleep after five minutes.
This is how i found him this morning
What has worked for me?
I have had to put my dressing gown into his cot so he had something of me to cuddle up to and smell
I removed his cot bumper so he had nothing to use to lever himself up on
I put one of his favourite blankets into his cot
I pushed his cot away from the bottom of my bed so it wasn’t touching it
I slept at the bottom of the bed so i could be close to him and so if he did manage to climb out i was there to catch him
I made sure that he fell asleep in his cot of the evening
Everytime he attempted to climb out of the cot i placed him back in and laid him down
I didn’t speak to him
Persevered but suffered hours of missed sleep
I didn’t give in!
Is this the first of many nights of good sleep or just a one off!
I hope so…..