04 April 2009

Food and Ferber

On the chopping block for this week: avocados, carrots, apples and pears with cinnamon, segmented tangelos and sweet potatoes. I'm going to give him everything in diced cubes except for the apples and pears. I'll make a puree with those. He's been eating small chunks of bananas and bread though, so I thought I'd try more chunky veggies and fruits this week. We'll see how it goes. A lot of it seems to end up in his lap!
Steamed carrots...yum! (Yum for Noah...I actually don't like cooked carrots.)

Noah has not been sleeping well for some time now. He goes through OK stages of only waking up once a night, and then he goes through awful stages of waking 3-5 times a night. Needless to say, I'm exhausted, and I'm beginning to feel like he isn't getting the kind of sleep he should either. So, tonight is the night; I've started the Ferber Method, otherwise known as the Progressive Waiting Approach. It's been tough so far. Exhibit A: I'm up at 1:51 writing this blog, and he is still crying! Basically, when he wakes up I go in and without picking him up soothe him for no longer than 2 minutes. Then I leave and return to do the same after waiting 3 minutes. If the crying persists, I return after 5 minutes. If the crying still persists, I return after 10 minutes and every 10 minutes thereafter. I'm on the third 10 minute stretch right now. He's been up since 12:30. A couple of friends, Gina and Marisa swear by this method, and they say that in 3-4 days Noah will be sleeping like an angel, and I'll wonder why I didn't do this sooner. I keep trying to tell myself this, but right now I just want to go pick him up and comfort him. He'd fall asleep in 2 seconds if I did, but then the ultimate problem would not be solved! I must be strong for both of our sakes!


Kerry said...

Hey Evie!
Brennan was never the best sleeper either. Eventually (around 8 mos) I had to just let him cry and not go in there at all. I know it's hard, but it was the only way to get him to sleep through the night with out me going in there to rock him back to sleep. It did improve his sleep!

Tara Dembowczyk said...

I, too, did this type of sleep training with both my kids...I did it a little differently with Hannah than I did with Joshua. Hannah would wake alot needing to burp, so I would pick her up, try to burp her, and then lay her back down awake. She regressed a little after her surgery, but she sleeps wonderfuly now...for 11-12 hours straight. It can be difficult, but hang in there. There is a wonderful book called The Baby Whisperer that I used for both my kids....it is an amazing book!!!!!

Jay and Sarah Sandidge said...

That food picture is amazing! How fun to try new foods with Noah. I hope he's not too picky of any eater. From what I've heard, that's a lot to hope for! But who knows!

I hope Ferber works for you. I know how you love your sleep!