I made a decision yesterday. After 16+months of feeding Brynn every 2 or 3 hours at night, I would like a break. I don’t want to wean her, yet. She’s most likely my last biological baby, and even though you can nurse an adopted child, I don’t know if I will. So no, not yet. But nightweaning is sounding better and better.
The problem has been, I hate the strategy called “Cry-it-out”, known in some circles as CIO. If you did it and it worked, great. Just not my bag. And most proponents tell me their
horror success stories like this, “Oh yeah, Hildegard used to wake up all the time! So I just put her in another room like the garage overnight… true, the first night she screamed until she threw up. But the second night she only cried for three hours! And by the fourth day she quit crying altogether! Now she just stares at the wall with empty glassy eyes when I leave the room! It’s great! I feel so RESTED!” And I look at my tiny little princess and I am like OH HECK NO I am not doing any variation of that with her.
But last night I decided to see what she would do, expecting to go get her after she would cry for a while… put her playpen in the living room and waited. Nada. I think she whimpered a little around 2 or 3 am… but not really. At 5:30 she woke up and was actually crying so I went and got her and nursed her. Then she was all excited and crawling around and screeching so I put her back in the playpen and she took it! She drank a little water and played with a toy and went back to sleep. CWAZY. Then she woke up for reals at 8, which is gravy for me…. 11:30 to 5:30 was like a vacation!
So I actually have a crib set up in Toby’s room (she’s been in our room till now). But I don’t know about that… I mean, they would be waking each other up and such… and Toby might torment her a lot… and they would scream a lot which torments me. But I don’t really want to leave her in the living room.
Whatevs. Point is, she slept. And no crying. I have won the baby lottery.