From Colicky to Easiest Baby Ever

A week or two ago, after reading our sleep book (Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child), Mark concluded that Henry was likely colicky. I didn’t want to admit it, but I was questioning the same thing… because while he’s literally the happiest little dude ever (see photo below), he also does a decent amount of crying. Especially surrounding sleep times.

Fast forward to a few days ago, when Mark said, “If this sleep pattern continues, Henry might be the easiest baby ever…”

So, what happened in between those two comments?

A lot of napping. For Henry of course.

With Charlotte going back to school (after 3 weeks off), I’ve finally had a chance to focus on poor Henry. It’s not like he was awake nonstop while C was home, but his naps typically occurred when he was wildly overtired and just passed out (most commonly while in the car or out and about).

He takes a lot of quiet and bouncing and those are two things that are made quite difficult by a toddler.

Anyway, he’s back on the trusty old “awake for 1-2 hours, nap, awake for 1-2 hours, nap” schedule and has been doing really well. Especially these past two days (we’re back at work – farewell, maternity leave).

Today’s schedule:

730a Wake Up
930-1015 Nap
1030-1130 Nap (every other nap seems to need a little milk/bounce to get him back to sleep after an hour or so)
1258-158 Nap
220-233 Nap (mini)
413-5 Nap (I think he’s waking up?? But now he’s quiet again…)

Go Henry!

Even better, we’ve gone from waking every 2 hours at night to only waking twice per night (11/12ish and 4/5ish) for only 30-60 minutes each!

Thank god for a little improvement.


Sleep Training: The “I Thought You Were Already Trained” Edition

Over the past 2 months or so, Charlotte has woken up at 3 or 4 am about 7 or so times. Unfortunately for me, 4 of those wakeups have occured this week… consecutively… while my hubby is away. Not fun.

I know that we are so lucky to have a baby who has slept through the night for the past 6ish months, so excuse me for complaining anyway. I’m totally struggling, walking around like a damn zombie. Or even better, walking around like I’m feeling fine, but making big errors or saying crap that makes no sense. Isn’t exhaustion awesome?

Anyway, I’ve made many excuses for why Charlotte is suddenly waking up…

  • She’s teething (she does have 4 giant teeth coming in on top… one that’s already cut through)
  • She doesn’t feel well (Mark’s been sick with an upper respiratory infection and I was battling all sorts of crud)
  • She’s overtired (she skipped two naps this past weekend and this girl never skips naps… ever)
  • Her schedule is totally off from our traveling these past two months

I’m pretty sure it’s a combo of all of these. My thought is that maybe it started as her teeth or something else bothering her and has been perpetuated by her being overtired and feeling off in terms of her schedule. Regardless, it’s gotta end.

I’ve been working so hard to get her napping on time and going to bed at a good time. But the child continues to wake up.

The first three nights, Charlotte got a diaper change, a little coddling and then it was back to bed. Last night, I decided it was time to cry it out. I felt horrible about it, but I kept going back to the fact that Charlotte and I are BOTH better off when she’s sleeping soundly through the night. Allowing her to get used to breaking up her sleep for a 4 am snuggle is not productive for her or for me.

So, I painfully listened to my baby cry for about 15 minutes. At that time, I whispered for her to go back to sleep and sang her a lullaby through the baby monitor. She was quiet for a minute, but then returned to crying/whining/tossing around her crib.

About a half hour later, I did the same thing again.

When she hit the 1-1.5 hour (ish) mark of being awake, I decided it was time to go in. When I got in her room, I saw that she had thrown her bunny and paci out of the crib (WHY DOES SHE KEEP DOING THIS!!?!?). I put her paci in her mouth, handed her the bunny and laid her down on her back. Of course, she started crying. I wound up her music box from my Aunt & Uncle, said goodnight and left the room.

She let out a couple of quick howls and then laid captivated by the music. She loves that music box.

Within 10-15 minutes, she was finally back to sleep… at 5:45 am. The whole affair took almost 2 hours of blissful joy.

I crawled back in bed, pulled the covers over my head, and we both slept until 8.

As always, I have no idea if I handled the situation correctly. But, unlike other times, I was alone last night. There’s something so reassuring about going back and forth with my hubs saying, “do you think this is right?” Last night I had to just trust my gut.

Hopefully it pays off.

Thankfully, despite waking up late, she went down for her morning nap at a decent hour (only about a half hour behind her normal schedule) and has been sleeping soundly for over two hours and counting. Not to mention the fact that she woke up in a relatively good mood.

She was a little edgy, but shared her adorable little smile and sweet laugh.

   Wish me luck tonight!

Sleep Training Follow Up

URGH! I just finished this post and accidentally deleted it. Hate when that happens… so, I apologize in advance if this post sucks. The first one was nice and detailed…

Anyway, about three weeks ago, we entered a new phase of sleep training: The cry-it-out-in-the-middle-of-the-night phase. We were inspired to give this a whirl after meeting with our pediatrician at Charlotte’s 4-month check up. At the appointment, she informed us that at 5 months, there was absolutely no reason why Charlotte would NEED to be eating in the middle of the night and that she was perfectly capable of sleeping through the night.

Music to our ears.

From about 3.5-5 months, Charlotte was waking up twice a night (sometimes 3 times, sometimes once). While some parents don’t mind waking up and comforting their babes at 3 am, we just aren’t those people. It was totally fine when she needed to eat, but once given the okay, we were ready to let her figure it out.

So, that’s what we did! As I explained in this post, the first couple of days were a little rough, but really, not even that bad. She fussed and cried for an hour and ended up putting herself back to sleep. After those first few nights, she just got progressively better and better. Most nights, she would wake up somewhere between 10 and 12 and 1 and 4 for anywhere from 5 to 45 minutes. After 2 weeks, it was only once a night and now, we rarely hear her at all and when we do, it’s just a subtle little noise and she’s transitioning into the next sleep cycle.

I’m not going to lie, it’s amazing.

Here’s a little snapshot of Charlotte’s sleep over the past week and month from my sleep tracking app. I don’t think the app is the best, but it works. Also, I’d recommend tracking sleep. It really helps you stay on top of baby’s routine and needs.


Last 30 Days



Last 7 Days


Over the past 6ish months, we have worked really hard to sleep train this little being. Whether it was at 2 months when I literally stayed home for three weeks straight to make sure Charlotte was napping every 1-2 hours in her crib, or the MANY nights and naptimes that left me covered in stress hives brought on by the screams and howls of our baby, we made sleep a priority. Now of course, we can’t take all (or likely even the majority) of the credit. Charlotte is a good sleeper and has a very independent side. I am positive that plays a role in this journey.

But, regardless, we are so proud of our little sleeper. Charlotte goes to bed every night between 5 and 7 – most often around 6p. She sleeps 12 hours THROUGH THE NIGHT. And even better, she’s an expert napper. She has finally consolidated her countless 40 minutes naps into some really nice long naps. In fact, over the past few days, she’s been taking 2 naps and sleeping 4-5 hours total during that time. It’s really awesome.

And it’s not just crib sleep, our little bunny can sleep in any pack n’ play or on any blanket (well, not anymore since she’s a rolling, scooting machine), as long as it’s in a dark room. It’s so convenient.

Way to go, Charlie!! Mommy and Daddy appreciate it. Now, if we could only get our bums in bed earlier, we might actually feel rested.

Also, I know I’ve mentioned the book Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Baby before, but I want to mention again that this is the book we use to guide us in our sleep training journey. I really recommend it. It didn’t always have the answers we were looking for, but it seemed to keep us focused.

Stop the Crying…

I know everyone has their own opinions on the Cry It Out (CIO) method of “sleep training”… with that said, we are CIO people. Well, some variation of CIO… we have been going back in to check on her (but not take her out of her crib) after 20 minutes, then 25, then 30, etc. Thankfully, Charlotte doesn’t often put us in a situation where this method is tested, as she typically goes to sleep pretty easily… or at least with only a little fussing.

For some reason, these past few days, she’s been exercising her lungs much more frequently at bed and/or naptime… and it’s killing me. Or at least today it is. She is now finally quieting down after a very long and painful 20 minutes. I know, I know… 20 minutes. But seriously, it’s been terrible. And, she’s not done. Just a little more settled than she’s been.

So, with all the pain of listening to our sweet girl howl, why do we let her cry? I can honestly say that my motivation is her. I know she is tired… exhausted even. She hasn’t had a good nap since early this morning and she needs some serious rest. However, if left to her own devices, our sweet girl would stay awake ALL day. She loves to hang out.

Earlier today, I went in to check on her after 25 minutes of howling, and within 30 seconds of seeing me, all cries had subsided and she had a huge smile on her face. That is a baby girl who just wants to hang out, but is in serious need of a rest.

So, I sit here, scratching the stress hives that have begun showing up on my body, hoping that this little nugget will tucker out and fall asleep soon.