This Beautiful Inheritance: Nine Months Old and Wide Awake

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Nine Months Old and Wide Awake

The new August issue of Little Rock Family is on stands now. Pick one up next time you're in Cabot, Conway, Saline County or Little Rock. Flip to the last page and you'll see my second attempt at the "Family Chatter." (or just read it here.)

This time, it's about having a nine-month-old (now almost ten) who still won't sleep through the night. That's right, folks. For those of you who've been wondering, this kid still doesn't sleep. It's...frustrating, to say the least. You can read the details in my article.

((you can also read my last blog post about this, at 3 1/2 months, here))

But a little update... since writing the story, which I actually did over a month ago, I DID attempt some "sleep training." It didn't go so well. After a good reprimanding from the doctor at our nine-month check-up, I decided to buckle down and let the girl cry. It would take 3-4 nights, he said, and she would learn to put herself to sleep. Well I tried it, and it didn't work. I endured four heart-wrenching nights of crying practically all night long, plus an incredibly tired and cranky baby during the day. And on the fifth night, I said "Forget it!" I went back to my old routine. (Getting up 15 times a night, fixing bottles and rocking her back to sleep)

FYI::: For all you who are screaming "Babywise!" in your head right now, don't worry, next go 'round, I'm giving it a try! Things WILL be different with the next baby, I assure you. But for Miss Eden, I'm convinced it's too late.


  1. I wasn't a big fan of the Babywise book and it's fan club but no one asked me either. =) I let Carsten cry it out as well and had to make sure I just didn't go in there. I knew he was tired, dry and fed so with that in mind, I put on my headphones and listened to sermons...haha. It was hard. But it has helped me in other milestones where I have to let him "cry it out" like going from crib to toddler bed, throwing away the paci and the bottle, and him not getting what he wants.

  2. oh, how frustrating! we have just now got libby sleeping thru the night. we finally decided to do the cry it out thing. and it took eric sleeping in the living room with the baby monitor and me in the bedroom with the fan cranked up as high as it would go. oh, and don't get your hopes up too high with babywise. we've followed it's schedule from day one (obviously i haven't done the cry it out part very well) but i think it is actually the cry it out method that really teaches them to sleep thru, unfortunately.

  3. Um. We need to talk.
    I know we're new friends and everything, but I have to tell you- DO. NOT. BABYWISE.
    My first daughter (second child) didn't sleep well at all. I know the 15-times-a-night business inside out! I could give you lots of unwanted advice, but I won't. However, if you DO want some advice, please email me ( because I'm full of it. Advice, that is.

    Also, your little one's name is Eden? That's the middle name of my first girl. Love it!!


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