January 19, 2013

The Magic Car Seat

During the 2 months while we were traveling I am sure that Blaiden thought that he had a magic car seat.  He would go to sleep in one spot and wake up in another. The poor little guy was so disorientated every time he woke up because he didn't know where he was or who all these new people were.  We also traveled there and back (Ohio to Missouri, Missouri to Colorado and back the same way) while he slept at night because it made the trip much easier for him (not for us).  Since we planned all of our driving time during nap time for over a month it has led to some sleeping issues.  The last two weeks in Colorado were horrible nights.  Blaiden would only be rocked to sleep, and then he would only stay asleep for a few hours.  He was waking up over 4 times a night.  It was like having a newborn again.  Since we have been home we have done some sleep training and things have gotten much better.  We decided to do the sleep training in two separate phases.  We have another student living here with us for a couple months and so we thought it might make it easier this way.  Phase one started last Friday when we started to put Blaiden down awake so he could re-learn how to self-soothe and put himself to sleep.  This went pretty easy.  Friday was the only hard night and after that he caught on really quick.  This weekend we moved on to teaching him to sleep through the night.  Last night was not the best, he woke up 3 different times.  The first time was the worse and it got better as the night went on.  We will see how tonight goes.  I am hoping that he gets it as quick as the self soothing because last night was pretty hard on me. 

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