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May 05, 2009


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I have wanted to comment on the guilt posts but haven't had an opportunity. Thanks for starting this blog!

At four months my daughter was getting two teeth already and was waking up every 30 minutes all.night.long. This went on for four weeks. I was a zombie. I was trying to follow the advice of all the books I'd read, and pat her back to sleep rather than "giving in" and letting her sleep on me. I wish I would have just followed my instincts. I have no idea how we made it through those weeks, and it's one of the reasons I am not interested in having more children any time soon!

I think one thing we ended up doing was turning off the monitor in our bedroom. Our daughter's room is right next to ours, so we could hear her if she REALLY needed us. I think part of the problem was that we may have been going in to her too quickly at the slightest cry. At one point I was sleeping on a futon in her room and would wake at every little noise.

We're still dealing with sleep issues in our house and she's 19 moths old. Sigh... BUT there were a few great months of sleep here and there.

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