So it started out bumpy for my son and I even from birth. Being in labor for 20+ hours and then ending up with a c-section with a screaming baby for months and months is not how I really imagined motherhood to be. I know…I know…some would ask, What did you think it would be like?” Maybe a little crying and some rough nights, but this was extreme. I held this little boy for hours. I drove him around like crazy for all his naps. To add to that I hardly had any support. Depression was right around the corner. That’s another story though.
I sleep trained. I stopped bouncing as much, slowly cut out the swaddle and the paci. A few months later, I couldn’t take the crying from not having the paci so the paci came back. My son is persistent and I just didn’t have the strength to fight him on this. There is only so much screaming and crying one can take. I felt bad for him and myself. The paci was a big sleep association for him. He would cry when it would fall out, but it was a better choice than constantly crying. Basically, with time he became a really great sleeper. We were strict with a schedule and that really helped him. We had an early bedtime and that also helped all of us. This whole sleep training/coaching thing is crazy. Did I mention we hired a sleep coach too?! Fun stuff!