Yes Sleep Training is working out. And far less painfully than we ever expected.
Friday night we had people around so their normal nightly routine was not totally on track and also bed time was a bit later, but we put them down (also the first night since starting sleep training that I did the song and final goodnight), Pudding cried for a couple of minutes, but settled herself and then THEY SLEPT THROUGH THE NIGHT! Yes right up to 6.15!
Saturday night went down with no drama, but poor Sausage had a few nightmares. Which Chris went in to soother him around 10.00pm, he was on the floor and crying for his dummy (again). But Chris just put him back in bed and he settled straight back to sleep. I had to go in twice more during the night but all very quick resettles. And they slept until after 6 again!
Last night we brilliant, they were both still quite alert when we put them down and when Chris walked out there was some chatting for a few minutes, then it went quiet. Unfortunatley just a few minutes later I dropped something in the kitchen and seems I must have given Pudding a huge fright because she started crying, but again quickly settled herself and slept through the night. Sausage woke just before 4am, btu lay quietly chatting to himself until he fell asleep again at 4.30 with no intervention from me and we all slept until after 6 again.
So we are not all the way there, but WOW we are sleeping again. This is more like the kids I have, I wasn’t sure after they were abducted and replaced with the non-sleeping monsters if we could ever go back, but it seems we can. Hopefully this will be the last of the sleep updates because things will keep going well, but if there is one lesson learnt as a Mom, every time you think you know how things are the kids change it up again.
The other lesson learnt is that toddlers will push the boundaries. If you give a little they will push more and more and the more you give the more they will push. We need to remember why the boundaries are in place, for their own good. And we need to remember who actually makes decisions, the parents. Please remind me of this regularly.