"Don't worry about him being upset. He is just playing you guys for fools." Words from a wise mother coaching my wife and I to take the next step (we have done well laying the foundation) to crib train our baby and not caving too soon by letting him sleep in our king size master bed after he awakens in the middle of the night.
"Oh my god they're making us look like major sissies!" Words from my wife when multiple friends of ours detailed their crib training experiences. Of course her quote has been censored.
I like to believe we are firm with our baby. We speak direct. We go about our day on a relative straight forward regimen. But in the world of crib training, apparently our feet aren't exactly stomping the ground. Last night, we changed our behavior. Gunner was very upset he had to sleep in his crib, slept 4 hours in his crib, woke up very upset, we consoled him briefly in intervals which was not what he wanted even though it kept him somewhat calm for about an hour, then he slept another 4 hours in his crib til morning. Success? Maybe. He slept for two long periods in his crib. Success. But he didn't put himself back to sleep at 2am though. Fail. And the hour before each 4 hour sleep was the poor child being ripped through the torture and agony of no master bed, no grand family gathering to rest, no "the usual night's sleep", no none nobody at all...just him and his thoughts like solitary in prison. Fail.
So will tonight or the next few nights be better? One can only hope.
From 4 weeks to 4 months...getting big...