Monday, July 17, 2006

Uninterrupted Sleep

Who knew that my son would just now be "sleeping through the night" at 14 months old? I really do hate that term. Medically, it means that your baby/child can sleep 5 consecuative hours before needing to eat. So, technically, Jayce has slept through the night off and on since birth!

I really blame reflux for his sleeping habits. My poor baby has been in so much pain his first year of life while we were trying to find medication that would relieve his symptoms. I keep hearing how heartburn can really hurt while you are laying down trying to sleep, so I try to keep that in mind when he would wake up crying.

But I think we are done with all of that. His reflux is under control and we are waiting for him to outgrow it. He's eating and nursing well during the day. He never gets sick. All of his molars are in. So, I decided that it was time for us to stop nursing at night.

The first night was easy. He took a sip of juice, laid his head on my chest and cuddled me until he went back to sleep. The next night, he didn't wake up and cry once. Then the next night was our test. He cried and cried and cried. Nothing I did could console him. He wanted one thing and one thing only. To nurse. He threw his juice cup on the floor. He kept pushing my hand away as I tried to pat his back. He didn't want me to rock him or walk around with him. I finally laid an unhappy baby in his crib and watched as he settled down, dissapointed. But it was soon forgotten by morning time when he woke up happy and smiling at me. The next night (last night) he did not have any night wakings.

I love my local LLL group for helping me overcome any obstacles I have while nursing my children. And for letting me have an outlet for any of my guilty feelings as a parent. I just want to do what's best and right by my children. I am so lucky to have such a great support group at LLL and APU.

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