Easier said than done, of course.
There's the issue of his ear infection, which was making his already shitty sleep schedule even shittier. He's been on the antibiotics since Friday though, so really that's not so much of an issue any more.
Then there's the issue of night weaning. Yes, he still nurses at night. Multiple times. Or, he was until this week. Miles is officially night weaned.
And so we arrive at cry-it-out. Monday night was our first official night.
Now, he's been waking at 11pm for months. Since August. I know, right? August. He usually wakes at 11, at 2, and at 5. Can you believe that? My one-year-old is keeping the hours of a newborn.
Good thing is, he hasn't been waking at 11 for the past two nights. On Sunday (one of the worst nights of my life) he woke for the first time at 2 and last night he didn't wake until after 3.
Last night, we let him cry.
He cried for about an hour straight. It sucked.
He cried for another hour intermittently (quite for 5-15 minutes; crying for 3-5 minutes). This was actually worse because Miles would be quiet just long enough for Nelson and I to drift off, and he'd start up again.
He was asleep just before 5 and woke again shortly after six and was pretty much up for the day after that.
Last night, he started crying around 12:30 and kept it up for about 45 minutes, and intermittently for another 30 minutes or so. He cried out once or twice every 45 minutes or so all night - no sustained crying, but it was certainly enough to keep me from getting a good night's sleep. When he woke at 5, I took him into the bed and nursed and snuggled for nearly an hour.
I'm feeling exhausted. This is right around the time I usually give in. Night three - I'm so exhausted, and if I just take him into the bed and nurse him we will all get some sleep. And that is true enough, but it's certainly not a good long term solution. In fact, it does more to hurt than to help; it reverses any progress we've made.
So, tonight I vow to stay strong. Consistency is key (say it with me!)
It's got to get better.