I'll admit it, we've had it pretty easy. Rory is a good sleeper and he has been since he was 3 months old. He sleeps through the night and we've only had to work our way through a very light pattern of sleep training during the day, but other than that, we put Rory in his crib and he goes to sleep.
Then there was last night. And the night before. And perhaps the night before that. I honestly feel like I haven't slept in a week, and today will inevitably be one of those barely functioning days. I have so much to do. Why didn't I get the memo that this week is Christmas?
Ok, so here's the thing... this time, I think our current sleep issue is actually probably my fault. Can you create poor sleep associations in a week or two? I googled it, and apparently you can.
So Rory has been sick for almost 8 days (thankfully he is better now). A cold virus has slowly made it's way through our home and completely disrupted our month of December (which is why I still have so much to do). And in an effort to save our sanity and navigate our way through family and friend holiday obligations with a sick baby, I have been doing a ton of stuff to sooth Rory that I had long ago abandoned.
- rocking Rory to sleep
- holding Rory while he sleeps
- letting Rory sleep on my chest
- night feeding Rory to get him to go back to sleep
And I am sure there is more. Eek...
I guess I never really thought I could totally change his sleeping habits in a week? But I did, and I have. And it looks like sleep associations are just THAT easy to create. Here's hoping they're just THAT easy to get rid of or it's going to be a long week. We need to get this under control before we show our faces in Almonte because Gramma is sorta right wing on the sleep training debate.
So I ask you moms out there in all honesty, is this what we're up against every time Rory has a cold, or a new tooth coming through? What is a parent to do? My instinct is to sooth them however I can, but if that disrupts their whole schedule from there on in is that the best decision?
Here's to a sleepy and snowy Monday.