Night one started out amazing. I put him in his crib while he was still awake and left him to get himself to sleep (Yah right, like that going to happen). To my amazement it worked! WHAT! I turned the light low, sang him a little song ("Let It Go" from Frozen), laid him down with his little Goosewaddle blanket and walked out. Five minutes later I checked on him and he was sleeping. I couldn't believe my eyes. It worked….it really worked! Was this for real? He stayed in his new crib until 2:30 am. After he woke up it was right back to his old behavior of needing to be attached to sleep. Now this needing to be attached to sleep is unsustainable for everyone. He isn't getting sleep and neither am I! I roll out of bed feeling like someone kicked my ass and that I didn't even shut my eyes most days! So my plan is keep on keeping on. Something has to give.
My strategy is to go with what feel natural and never to let him cry or fuss for more than three to five minutes at a time. At the point of a full on crying session, I go in and pick him up to reassure him that I am still here. I sing a little song and lay him back down and try it all over again. I wish he took a pacifier. That would at least enable him to stay asleep with me. It would probably be easier for him if he was able nap in his space during the day and sleep there at night, but since Andrew is still working a crazy schedule, we don't have access to his crib while Andrew is sleeping. So until something changes, we have to make the best of it.