Thursday, July 19, 2012

Sleep Training ... or should I say torture

Dear universe,

I hate bedtime.

Seriously, I would rather climb Mount Everest.


What are you supposed to do? (Grover suggested knock-out drops, but we're fresh outta those).

Everyone from Madonna to the man on the moon has an opinion. Cry, don't cry, co-sleep, lay down with them, rock them, find the duct tape, blah blah blah blah blah.

At the moment, I feel like this:

Let him cry it out = ruin his life for eternity.

Don't let him cry it out = spend half my life in a rocking chair.

WTF, peeps?

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  1. Oh you poor thing! I am 58 & an empty nestor (don't know if that will give my thoughts more value or less) and it is so strange to watch the way bay raising trends can shift and change over the years. Example: I kept my sons in disposable diapers back in the early 80's because we were told by all the "experts" that cloth causes more diaper rash and discomfort.

    So regarding your comment, "Let him cry it out = ruin his life for eternity". Consider that maybe crying it out will not hurt them, we really don't know that at all. I did it with my second and he's an amazing, happy 25 year old who remembers nothing of that "fun" season.

    Anyway, hope I haven't insulted you with advice. Good luck with this tough time Caiti.

  2. LOL, nope, not insulted at all. I think I'm just frustrated with trying to find the "right" way to do things when I'm fairly certain there isn't a "right" way at all. Very hard for a type A, "somebody give me an instruction manual STAT" type person like me :)

    1. You know your child better than any books, readers or online experts. Go with what makes you all feel better. It won't last forever. Never heard of a high schooler being rocked to sleep.

    2. That's exactly the conclusion I came to! We'll adjust the routine as he grows; it's just a matter of being flexible. Too bad it's so much easier in theory than in practice :)


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