Saturday, 16 August 2014

FNSI [Sleep Training]

Although our holiday was absolutely wonderful, sleeping was not. Mia refused to sleep in her travel cot, so I ended up sleeping on the floor with her on the travel cot mattress next to me... when we got back, we put her into the co-sleeper we've been using and had the night from hell - in the week and a half we were away she started rolling in bed and wanting to sleep on her side/front, and the co-sleeper just wasn't big enough. At this point I will say that the co-sleeper, which is a cot with three sides which can be height adjusted to match your own mattress, was the best thing we bought, especially as I have breast-fed at night. So Monday night we read up all the websites and decided that there was no way Daddy would cope with any of the cry-it-out methods of sleep training.
I slept all night in my own bed!

In the end we went for a method where every time baby cries, you pick them up until they stop, then put them down again. If they cry, pick them up again. If they lie in the cot not crying, leave the room. If they cry go and pick them up again.... ad infinitum. And you know what - it worked. It took us three quarters of an hour the first night, but less and less as the week has gone by. The first few nights she then woke every two hours for a feed - I guess what she use to do in the co-sleeper - but even that has improved. Touch wood this will continue. I even managed to get her down for a nap upstairs this afternoon!

All the extra energy means I can now sit up by myself!

The reason I'm telling you this? Last night was Friday Night Sew In. I use to take part every month, and then lost it when the host changed. I found it last month but couldn't take part because Mia was not in bed. But this month.... I sewed!

I set aside the evening to finish working on a quilt for my Mother-in-Law. Linda had made a 16-block quilt using different types of disappearing nine-patch/four patch/pinwheel. I quilted it for her back in July, but couldn't bind it before we went on holiday.


And once I'd finished with the quilt I found time to make another mixtape block


I'm just going to make these until I come up with an idea for what to do with them! Did you join in FNSI?

10 comments:

Cath said...

20+ years on and I well remember those days of sleep training.....takes alot of patience but it sounds like you have it down pat. Wonderful that you found time to sew. I like how you have quilted your MILs quilt. Glad you joined FNIS again.

Leanne said...

Its amazing how fast they grow bigger! Your quilting is beautiful.

Rachel Slote-Brown said...

Congrats on finding some for quilting. Love your mixtape block.

Michelle Ridgway said...

I remember musical beds many moons ago. Lovely work!

Rachel Slote-Brown said...

Oops. That was meant to say "finding some time for quilting". My little guy doesn't sleep as well as yours so my brain checks out every once in a while. :)

katie z. said...

Yay for a sleeping baby! We never have liked any of the cry it out methods, so I'm glad you were able to find something else that worked.

barb's creations said...

Well done, lots done with a lot of determination :) Barb.

Diane-crewe said...

glad she is settling .. and you are getting some sewing done xx They all have their own way of getting us to do whet THEY want !!it is just learning the knack of working out what it is xx lol x funny .. we all survive somehow xx

Shannon Meyer said...

Your quilts are looking lovely!! Congrats on a little 'you' time:)

Fiona said...

great to have you sewing with us for FNSI... its not always easy with a little one in the house... I love the blocks you are making...
Hugz