If you remember many months ago I was writing out my co-sleeping woes. I had a toddler who slept with me most of the night. I was pregnant and needed space, plus I knew a new baby was going to be bedsharing with us so I wanted to get the toddler into his own bed.
We were able to do this successfully in a very gentle way. I slept next to my son’s bed on the floor for a week. Eventually he stopped waking at night. When he did, he came to our room and let me put him back in his bed. It was a HUGE accomplishment.
He backslid towards the end of my pregnancy. He wanted mama cuddles. I’m sure he knew something big was up. 2 weeks after the baby was born we got things back to normal and he was napping and sleeping in his bed.
Well…. almost back to normal. My well meaning husband started laying next to my son in his bed for him to fall asleep after I gave birth to Everett. We used to sit in a chair in the room, but not lay with him. Our hope was that we could start just laying him in his bed and say “Nite, Nite” then leave. Having hubby lay with him really put us backwards. Eventually I was going to use the “walking chair” method to ease him into falling asleep alone.
In December we drove to North Carolina to visit family. Christmas Day I had bought tickets for my husband to watch a movie, a special gift to get him out of the house and give him some time alone. Unfortunately, Fletcher stayed up later than usual and I was faced with a problem. How to get him to sleep while Everett was awake. Both kids needed me at the same time. Everett was crying without me, even with my Mother-in-law, and Fletcher needed to be put to bed.
Steven laid him in bed and left for the movies but he was still awake. My husband swore he thought he would fall asleep. I laughed because he has never fallen asleep without one of us with him. Then I had a lightbulb moment!
I started talking to Fletcher, from downstairs, through our Summer Sleek and Secure Video Monitor (which I reviewed for this site). I told him to go Nite Nites, go to sleep, that I loved him, etc. He was talking to himself. Then…….. silence. I heard the tell tale deep breathing. He was asleep. I was in another room, downstairs even. It was truly a Christmas Miracle! (more…)