Thursday, February 9

First night results:

It's 7:14 AM and Gwen's still asleep in her crib. She didn't make a peep all night long! She only cried for about 13 minutes after we left her room last night at 8:45. All night, I kept waking up and checking the monitor to make sure it was really working and I'm going to be pretty happy when she finally wakes up because, frankly, my arms ache for her right now! She was such a little trooper last night and I hope we have a good experience tonight too.

UPDATE: We're nearly a month into this new bedtime process now and Gwen is doing great!

She eagerly runs to the stairs when it's time to go up and have Mommy and Daddy read to her (something we do for 20 minutes each night before she goes to sleep.

Daddy gets three or four books and Mommy puts Gwen in her crib. She grabs her froggy and her lovey and puts her head on her pillow while Mommy and Daddy sit on the floor next to the crib. Twenty minutes later, we say night-night and she gives us kisses through the slats of the crib (if she's not already asleep). She whimpers just a little bit but the instant her light is out and her door is closed, she's quiet and, presumably, off to sleep!

She sleeps straight through the night and wakes up about 11 hours later.

I can't tell you how much this has changed our life! Were it not for this, I'm sure there's no way I'd be able to be of sound enough mind to consider adopting another child! My husband and I get to sleep in the same bed, I get to sleep all night long without a toddler crawling up on my face, and Gwen gets such good rest at night that she tends to not need as much of a nap during the day (which is fine). Everyone is so much happier!


Blogger Amy C said...


Now it's Natalie's turn...


February 09, 2006 8:09 AM  
Blogger Lissa and Russell said...

Terrific!!! I think it's wonderful. I hope tonight goes as well. It's hard what you're doing, but I think it's way harder the longer you wait. Give her an extra snuggle today and enjoy the rest when you can get it!

February 09, 2006 8:15 AM  
Blogger Bridget said...

awsome that she slept through. I've heard that when children fall asleep and wake up in a different setting or with something in the room changed from when they fell asleep, it does tend to freak them out. So her falling asleep with you in the room, waking slightly in the middle of the night and noticing you gone, may have just really messed with her head. Going to sleep alone and waking in the night alone doesn't cause her confusion. Of course, this is what I heard. I'm not a shrink or anything so don't know if that's really what it is.

I will say that my youngest will only sleep in her bed to this day - not the car seat, not the sleeping bag, not the sofa - only her bed. we did the cry it out method with her and our middle child.

February 09, 2006 8:34 AM  
Blogger Jana said...

That is great news! I bet she was so excited to see you in the morning too! Hopefully every night will go this smoothly.....sweet dreams to all of you :)

February 09, 2006 9:46 AM  
Blogger Tammy said...

Glad to hear it went so well. What a difference sleep makes.

Good luck tonight.

February 09, 2006 9:47 AM  
Blogger marilyn & evro said...

What wonderful news! I hope it continues. Remember it took us 9 very long days with Emilia and she was younger. Hang in there. It will just get better and better. Sweet dreams to all of you:)


February 09, 2006 1:44 PM  
Blogger Recovering Wino said...

I hope it keeps working well for you. It's so hard to hear your baby cry and not respond..but it will be better in the long run if it continues this way!

February 09, 2006 2:41 PM  
Blogger Lynne said...

I am so proud of you and pleased for you! I had done the cry it out method with my other children quite successfully, but like you I wasn't sure it was the thing to do with a child who had been an orphan. I was holding Gwen to sleep the first week or so while we were in China, and it was a painstaking process, because she'd wake up when I moved to put her in bed and I'd have to start over. You know the drill. Fortunately, a friend I made while we were there encouraged me to let her cry it out... they had with their newly adopted daughter. Her words encouraged me to try it... same as you, it took only 15 min or so the first time... we were in a hotel so we had to sit in the bathroom until the crying stopped. We've never looked back and she goes to bed without a peep now and sleeps all night. I wish you the best in the coming nights... you will be such a happier mommy!! Love, Lynne

February 09, 2006 3:28 PM  
Blogger ExCindrela said...

Yea Donna!! Good for Gwen!! It will get better and better- sometimes it's just that they don't want the party to end (just like Tenley- right now in fact).
Sweet dreams!!!


February 09, 2006 10:56 PM  

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