Well kids...It finally happened.
My baby slept through the night.
Don't get too excited...sadly I'm talking the "technical" sleeping through the night, not what most of us consider through the night.
That's right folks...he slept for 5 WHOLE HOURS...in a row.
I woke up at 2am and thought my boob was going to explode.
It was amazing.
I lay there torn between desperately wanting some relief for my boob and wanting to wait and see how long the kid would sleep if I left him alone.
Luckily it was obviously my mommy radar that woke me up because about 2 minutes after I awoke the kid started squirming for some food!
As exciting as this all is, it's unfortunate that I did not get the same 5 hours of sleep as he went to bed at 9pm and I went to bed at 10pm, but I'll take the 4 hours!
Can you believe I haven't slept longer than 4 hours in a row in the 4.5 months that Baby Jett has been alive?
And can you believe that was the first time that my boobs have EVER gone 5 hours without feeding the baby?
This 5 hours thing was awesome for more than the fact that it's a milestone of "sleeping through the night", I also seem to have unlocked some baby sleep secrets that actually worked!
I've discussed Baby Jett's odd half hour napping and how he takes like 7 million naps a day because he only naps for a half hour and he wants to nap an hour and a half after he awoke from his last half hour nap. I've also discussed my frustration with trying to get him down for the night, in that he seems to think 7:30 is just time for another nap and he won't REALLY go down for the night until 9-10pm.
Well, yesterday I did a little experiment.
I kept him up after he woke up for the day for a full hour and a half, whereas usually he's down an hour after he gets up. Then I kept him up for 1 hour and 45 minutes to 2 hours between each nap, which drastically reduced our naps from 6 down to only 4. And finally I didn't put him down for bed until 9:00 which was 2 hours after his last nap ended at 7:00pm.
AND IT WORKED.
Not only did he take an hour and a half nap for his first nap of the day (followed by some 30-40 minutes naps) but he also SLEPT FOR 5 HOURS immediately after I put him down for the night. Had it not been so cold I COULD HAVE PUT HIM TO SLEEP IN HIS CRIB and he would have slept for the 5 hours...I know this because my husband is gone and there's lots of room in the bed and I wasn't touching the baby for that 5 hours!!!
Please...everyone hold the applause for Jesica finally getting her baby to sleep without snuggling into her boob...I know the rest of you figured this out when your babies were like 6 weeks old and I feel like I'm late to the baby sleeping party but I have to repeat it again tonight before it's real!