Well, what better to blog about than a sleeping through baby?
As you all know, LP has never been very good with long stretches of sleep, preferring to wake at best every 4 hours for food. 3 weeks ago though, that all changed. LP decided randomly one day that she would sleep through the night. When I say through, I mean through – 8pm to 9am! 13 hours! After that we didn’t expect it to happen again, we expected it to be a fluke, a one off. But the next night she slept for 12 hours, and on the third night 11 hours. We then had a night where she woke for an hour at 1am.
At this point we thought that was it, our sleeping through stretch was over. But no, the next night she woke again for an hour but then the following few nights she slept between 11 and 13 hours. LP has now had 3 weeks of sleeping through 6 out of 7 nights and 3 weeks of no night feeds.
Over the course of the last 3 weeks LP has also cut out her day feeds and I am now down to breastfeeding purely for the morning and bedtime feeds. During the day LP eats like it’s going out of fashion but has little or no interest in milk until bedtime!
Because of LP’s achievement in sleeping through we decided to try her with expressed milk at bedtime again. I have a couple of Hen Weekends in August and need LP to take milk from someone else before I go. I have never been away from LP for more than a couple of hours, and so having her take expressed milk is a huge step.
Dave gave her expressed milk in a Nuby Sippy Cup. We have used the cup on and off since she was 6 months and she drinks from it easily. We have never given a bottle, and didn’t want to start giving one at 6 months. The Nuby cup gave us an easy to use alternative.
For three nights Dave gave LP expressed milk and she drank it. He then rocked her to sleep. The first night she woke for an hour in the middle of the night, but the other two nights she slept through! Amazing progress!
LP has come so far in the last 3 weeks. I have been asked by people ‘How did you get her to sleep through?’ and really there is no answer. We didn’t ‘Do’ anything. LP has come so far, all by herself. All we have done is been there whenever she has needed us, for whatever she needs us for. We have cuddled her, rocked her to sleep, comforted her when she’s woken up at night. I’ve fed her on demand, co-slept when we’ve needed to and persevered with doing things the way that felt best for us as a family. 10 months of broken sleep were incredibly hard, exhausting. But I would not change a thing. When you have a baby, your life changes. Everything changes! Your body isn’t the same anymore, your time isn’t your own anymore, someone else comes first in everything and your priority is always this new little person. The biggest change we had to make really was only having 3 or 4 hours sleep at a time. LP was definitely worth the broken sleep!