Seriously, this new "sleep program" is working! Ok, so here is what we've been doing - we do our regular bedtime routine, except that we used to read books while we laid in Poppy's bed, but now we read books in her rocking chair. Then when we're done with books, it's lights out, I tuck her into her bed, and then I put a chair next to her bed and that is where I sit until she falls asleep. The first night, she screamed her little head off because she did not want me to sit in a chair- she wanted me in bed with her. She cried hard for 45 minutes, and I honestly didn't think I would make it through the first 10 minutes of her crying! And I thought she would cry for hours, but suddenly at exactly 45 minutes, she took a deep breath, snuggled up to her blankie, and was asleep within minutes. I was shocked that she didn't cry longer. She woke up twice that night and each time I went into her room and told her it was sleepy-time and sat in the chair and each time she only cried for about 10 minutes and then fell back asleep. When she woke up in the morning she was unusually cheery and just super happy.
Days 2 and 3 were pretty much the same, either Marc or I would sit in the chair next to her bed, but each night she has cried for 15 minutes less! So last night she only cried for 15 minutes and then fell asleep. And she barely cries at all when she wakes up during the night.
Now tonight, the directions said to move the chair closer to the door, half-way across her bedroom. I was nervous that she would get really upset, but nope! She barely cried at all! Marc was on duty tonight, and I listened on the monitor, and all I heard was a couple minutes of crying (less than 5 minutes) and then she just kind of whined for a few more minutes and then fell asleep! Can you believe that? I can barely believe it myself.
We're supposed to leave the chair in the middle of the room for 3 nights, and then we move it to the doorway. After 3 nights in the doorway, we'll try to just put her to bed and leave the room. So far so good, keep your fingers crossed that it continues to work!