|That's a cute girl, and the early morning sun rising through the windows behind her. I know exactly the time of the sunrise these days.|
We continued on that way for a week or two and then moved her to her crib. (She's been going down in her crib for months now, but at night we'd bring her to bed with us when she woke up. The best of both worlds for me- I get to have my bedroom at night and still got to cuddle with my baby all night!) It wasn't any different for us to put her down at night, but she was used to coming to bed with us around 11 or 12 and she didn't like that we were staying in her room, trying to walk or rock her back to sleep. This took a week or so until she realized that we weren't bringing her back down. This became mostly Ryan's job, as anytime she was with me at night she wouldn't fall back asleep. Well, we switched off throughout the night, taking turns going to her, but I feel like he really did the bulk of the night shifts.
|On the morning I took this photo, she woke up at 5 am and promptly went back to sleep after nursing. Luckily she's waking up closer to 6:00 these days.|
She's out of our bed and in her crib, but we can't figure out how to get her to actually sleep all night, for longer stretches, and I can't really remember how we helped the other kids. Leaving in her room all night to cry is obviously not an option, and we're not picking her up so she's not cuddling back to sleep. I just noticed today FOUR (4!) new teeth- possible five- so I'm sincerely hoping that this huge breakthrough will bring her some peace and comfort and allow her to sleep longer stretches!
We had to bring her back to bed with us for a couple of nights when we had some family members over for Easter, and it didn't go very well for any of us. She woke up screaming and would kick and get mad if I tried to calm her- eventually she'd roll over away from me and go back to sleep on her own. It wasn't the same peace-filled bed-sharing moments we'd shared earlier, and it made me sad to realize those days were over. I loved bed-sharing with Caeli more than I did with any other the other kids. It just worked really well for the three of us and her sleep was just SO much better from day one than with the other three. She stayed in our bed longer than the other ones and I'm actually very thankful for that because I feel that it was a good thing for our relationship, good that it worked out and that once it stopped working, we were able to recognize it and make a change. We'd love to get her to sleep all night of course, but those days will come. That I know for sure.