Sunday, December 21, 2008

Bottle Free and Good Nights Sleep!

Knowing my luck, the fact that I am writing about this means that I am about to jinx myself and all good things will come to an end.

Hopefully that wont happen, but here is our latest progress...

Leah has been sleeping great. She is no longer screaming when we put her down, and she is not waking up at night. Also she is consistently sleeping from 8-8. Good news! We put a night light in her room and I think it has done the trick! I briefly had to go in there tonight about an hour ago because she suddenly cried out dramatically, but I just patted her and covered her up and then sat by the crib for a few minutes. She was fine! This is a far leap from a few weeks ago when we would have to put her in the pack n play and settle her down with a movie because nothing we did helped at all...

Hannah went a few days where she was waking up around 3am. I would give her a bottle, change her, and she went back down in 15 minutes. But that seems to have stopped now. She is also sleeping from 8-8. She is still in the pack n play in the playroom and we are trying to decide what to do about this. We have been enjoying our sleep these past few nights since Matt and I are so exhausted with everything that we have had to do lately, so we have kept them separated. But they need to be back together at some point. Well, we are going to try again. Honestly Leah just may do better sleeping on her own. So we will put them back in the same room again next week and if it doesnt go well then I guess we will have to move a crib to the playroom temporarily, Until they are out of cribs actually... We will see.

And I am happy to report that yesterday and today we were completely bottle free. They do not get as much milk as they need, but Leah will drink a morning cup and her night cup (with some carnation instant breakfast in it.) Hannah took some convincing tonight but I accidentally called it a "Ba Ba" and she decided she would drink the cup after all. Goof.

So if we made it two days, I think we can give up on the bottles. I do not want to regress and give them one in an act of desperation one day. So I am going to pack them up. I need the room in the cabinets anyway! This is a big thing for us because I did not think Leah would do well at all, and she is actually adjusting nicely. Maybe we just started a few weeks too early and now she has decided it is not too bad. Plus we have been diluting their bottles slowly for the past few weeks as well and they really were not as interested in them as they once were.

So pray the sleeping will continue! And that we do not give in on the "no bottles" clause!

3 comments:

Sara said...

Yeah Girls! That's great! And I can completely identify with not getting enough milk. We are in the process of weaning, which means Isaac is basically not getting nearly the amount of milk he needs. I am just trying to relax about it and know that he will eventually start drinking it. The good news is what he does take he actually takes cold and from a sippy cup. So that is a big relief to me. :)

PS - You must have liked my blog background since now we match! ;)

Lauren Morse said...

I totally understand your problem with getting rid of the bottle. Carter used his until he was almost 14 months. I was actually embarrassed to tell people that he still used it because I assummed he was the only child over a year old using one. He didn't do very well with the sippy cup until then. It was also much easier to comfort him in the middle of the night with the bottle. But, once you get rid of them, you'll have no choice but to use a cup. Putting them away is your best bet. Oh-- you might want to try to teach the girls to use a straw. Carter loves using a straw and will drink much more that way. It took a little patience at first, but after a couple of tries he was pretty good with it. Just a thought...

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