Monday, October 8, 2012

No More Wailing and Gnashing of Teeth!

It has been a grand two days here in the Hanson household. Actually, the days have just been normal days, filled with the normal amount of chaos brought on by one of the three kids or two dogs, or any possible combination of the aforementioned. The grandness has occurred once the lights have been turned off, because for both of the past two nights, the Baby has slept through the night. There has been no crying or wailing coming from her crib, just peaceful little snores that only a content 6-month-old could make.

I may have mentioned this before, but whether I have or not, I'm going to mention it again. The Wife and I had a combined stroke of genius a couple of weeks ago, when we decided to move the Baby's crib out of the bedroom that she shares with both her older brother, the Boy, and her older sister, the Girl. The Baby was waking up and crying a lot at night, and we didn't want her to wake up her siblings, so we would always head right in to try to comfort her and get her to stop the wailing. The gnashing of teeth came from Mommy and Daddy because she was waking us up so much every night.

We have long been a fan of the "cry it out" method of parenting, in which the baby is allowed to cry by herself for increments of 5, 10, and 15 minutes at a time without Mommy or Daddy intervening. We would have liked to implement that method on the Baby, but with her being in with the other kids, we didn't want all three kids crying and whining in the middle of the night, so we never did it.

That is, until we put our genius caps on and decided to move her and her crib out of their bedroom. First we were going to move her downstairs into the only empty bedroom in the house. But, that's a long way from our bedroom, so we decided against it. Not that the Baby would even know, but more so that Mommy and Daddy wouldn't have to walk so far in the middle of the night. The family room was another option we considered, but that, too, is downstairs, and a long walk for us parents. We're not getting any younger, you know!

The Baby's crib, right smack-dab in the middle of our living room. Needless to say, once she goes to bed at night, not much "living" happens in this room, as we are sequestered to other parts of the house. Babies are so demanding!
Finally, we decided to move her crib out into the living room. It's not ideal, since the crib is quite large. For the time being, the use of our living room has been put on hiatus. But, the Baby can cry and whine as much as she wants, and the other kids don't hear a peep. And, believe me, she can cry and whine with the best of them. But, we just let her cry it out, and soon she puts herself back to sleep, no problem. In fact, she has gotten so good that she has slept through the night already on several occasions. We are going to wait until she has consistently slept through the night for at least 5 days (if my Wife has her way), or 6 months (if I get my way), in a row, before we move her back in with the others. For the time being, we are more than willing to give up our living room for a peaceful night's sleep.

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