Friday, May 25, 2007

Crying it out

Little Elvis is screaming his little heart out while I type this. My heart is breaking while I type this.

I finally broke down and called the doctor about his sleeping (or lack thereof) issues. She recommended that we go ahead and start putting him in his crib and letting him cry for 10 minute increments. At the end of the ten minutes we can go in and soothe, but not pick him up.

The first ten minutes were hard, and when I went in to soothe him and put his pacifier back in his mouth, he gripped my hand with his little fists. I made the mistake of looking into his sweet little eyes. They looked so hurt and sad. He just wanted to be cuddled and what did we do? We left him.

The second ten minutes were harder. His crying became more gutteral, and Bob soothed him this time.

I soothed the third time and although the doctor didn't think he would last crying for 40 minutes, it looks like he will.

This isn't about me, but I want nothing more than to pick up my little boy and hug him and try to quiet his cries. He must be so scared and worried. I know the doctor recommended this and I really like her, but I don't know if I can honestly do this for two weeks at every nap and bedtime.

For us, crying it out doesn't just apply to him. Thank God it's almost time to go pick him up.


Anonymous Kelly said...

Trust your instincts not the doctor. There's a reason you want to pick him up and cuddle him - it's the right thing to do. He's too young for this. The only thing crying alone in a dark room for 10 min at a time will get him is depressed. He won't learn to sleep - he'll sleep, alright, but it's because he checked out and resigned himself to the fact that you're not coming. It's wrong to do this to a baby so young. He's NOT manipulating you - he NEEDS you. PLEASE don't do this to him!

12:37 AM  
Blogger Pregnantly Plump said...

The crying it out, or extinction sleep methods are heart-wrenching for all involved, but he is finally sleeping for long stretches. This has to be good for his health. I do cry with him sometimes, but I try to think to myself that this is so he will be a healthy baby and little boy. There are so many different ways to get babies to sleep, and I think the extinction method is the one that will work for Little Elvis.

10:31 PM  

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