Hey guys! Many of you have asked for an update on how Molly is sleeping since we completed sleep training. I am super happy to report that she is still sleeping like a champ 11 – 12 hours a night! We completed the sleep training about two weeks ago, and today’s blog post is what we have learned since then.
First, if you haven’t read my first blog post about how we sleep trained Molly you can read that HERE. It’s definitely worth a read and I’ve been so happy and overwhelmed with joy by all the emails I’ve gotten from mom’s all around the world saying how my blog helped them sleep train their own baby! Other emails from moms expressed relief that my blog finally convinced them to hire a sleep coach and just like it was for me, it was life-changing for those mothers too! To all of you that have emailed me, I’m so sorry I haven’t been able to respond to all of you. I’m much better at responding to comments on this blog! But know that I received your emails and I’m so glad your little ones are sleeping better!
Anyway, I’m happy to report that two weeks after we finished our sleep training Molly is still sleeping through the night. In fact, she hasn’t woken up in the middle of the night once since we finished our sleep training. Honestly, it feels like magic! I was so sure that at least once in a while she would wake up in the middle of the night. Especially because she’s actually been sick with a cold for the past two weeks. So I for sure thought she be waking up in the middle of the night because she’s sick. OK maybe saying she hasn’t woken up it’s a little bit misleading. Because all babies wake up at different points throughout the night. All adults wake up at different points (even if you don’t realize it) throughout the night! The difference between waking up & crying and waking up & putting yourself back to sleep is a huge difference! So yes, when Molly was sick, there were times when she did wake up. She woke up coughing and would maybe wine maybe 5 seconds and then put herself right back to sleep. Sleep training her allowed us to teach her to put herself back to sleep instead of crying for mama. What a valuable lesson that is for a little baby to learn! Baby are so smart! And catch on quick!
Some of you have also emailed me or posted a comment asking about my milk supply since Molly is not nursing through the night anymore. Keeping my supply up has been the one tough thing since Molly has been sleeping so well. Because yes, my supply definitely dipped now that I’m not nursing her throughout the night. On top of that, I got really sick with the stomach flu 10 days ago and didn’t nurse her for a 24 hour at one point because I couldn’t get out of bed. So I guess I’ll never be sure if the not nursing throughout the night or the stomach flu is responsible for my drop in supply. If I had to guess, I would say it’s a combination of both of those things.
I’ve been able to keep breast-feeding Molly but it’s taking a lot of work and I almost gave up at multiple points! I’ve had to do extra pumping sessions when Molly goes to sleep at night (which I’m so OVER doing!) and while waiting for my supply to go back we went through a TON of my frozen stash that I’ve saved up over the last 10 months. There was even one point where I was only pumping maybe 1-2 oz at the most during my pumping sessions (I used to to 6-8oz regularly early in Molly’s life. The last few months it’s been closer to 3-5oz.) and Molly was drinking 5 ounces per pumping session. I would pump when she would eat and as you can see pumping 1-1oz and her drinking 3-5oz was not going to work the long run. I would eventually run out of frozen milk.
At that point I started researching formula and thought I was going to have to start supplementing formula. Don’t get me wrong, there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with supplementing formula. It’s most important that our babies are fed whether that’s with breast milk or formula! I guess for me, I just had it stuck in my head that I was going to make it to the one year point. And it’s so bizarre because I’ve had all sorts of mommy guilt since I started considering giving formula. I find myself texting my sister or my girlfriends telling them that I might have to start supplementing. I feel like I’m telling them because I want them to tell me it’s OK. I’m seeking their approval. Isn’t that so silly? But mom guilt is a real thing! Kevin keeps telling me that I should be proud of the fact that I’ve nursed her 10 months. And he so right! I should be proud of that because it took a lot of hard work to get here. Anyway, I haven’t given up quite yet! With all my extra pumping sessions and a little bit of determination (and thank goodness for that frozen stash), I’ve been able to get my supply back up. I’m going to do another blog post about this once I actually do stop breast-feeding because there is so much more to the story but I want to focus on sleep training for today’s post.
So back to sleep training…are there downsides to doing it? Kind of, to be honest with you. But the the upsides far surpass the downsides. I would say the one major bummer since we started sleep training is that Molly is on such a rigid schedule that it’s really hard for us to do anything anymore! We are so worried to take her out of her nap routine during the day. Basically because her good long naps are a huge part of the reason why she sleeps through the night now. She used to be a horrible napper. But as soon as we got her naps on track, she started sleeping throughout the night!
This is what her schedule looks like:
6am – Wake up
6:10am – Nurse
8:40am – Nap routine starts
8:50am – In crib
9:00am – Nap usually starts.
As you can see the spacing between those things is very tight (we repeat the routine 3 times until bedtime). So we barely have any time to leave and do anything. We don’t want her napping in her car seat because she only naps for 30 minutes when we do that. I heard of mom’s doing sleep training and it working great but then they go out too much during the day and totally throw their baby off their schedule. So we’ve been SO nervous about that happening to us so we never deviate from her schedule. Well actually we did twice her second nap of the day and you know what, she totally slept through the night still! But we haven’t gone out for a full day yet. So maybe that’s just me being crazy and we need to go out and do stuff on the weekends just to see how she naps at night. She might be totally fine! This totally could be a mental thing for me. Once we start going out again on the weekends and doing stuff I will let you know what happens. But ya know what, I will take staying in most weekends over being up ALL night with her ANYDAY!
Any other downside? Nope! Sleep training was and still is the absolute best thing we ever did for Molly (we used Weesleep coaches to train her BTW). She is such a happier baby since she’s been getting good sleep and I really feel like her development has sped up! She still isn’t crawling, and she’ll be 10 months on May 6th. But I honestly don’t think she’s ever going to crawl. Because she’s already walking! She’s not walking on her own yet, but we bought her this baby walker and she just cruises around the house. We put soft bottom shoes on her when we take her outside. In fact, she’s not happy unless she’s walking! She loves it! I really credit her making huge leaps in her development in the last two weeks because she’s sleeping so well.
I hope this blog posts helps answer some of your questions on things I may have left out in the last blog post! And I just wanted to give you guys a general update on how it’s going! Here’s to well rested babies AND parents! Oh and happy Mother’s Day MONTH!!! He he. Read about how Kevin totally already started spoiling me for my first Mother’s Day HERE. And check out my Mother’s Day gift guide HERE.
If you guys have any questions, let me know in the comments below! I was so happy to see all of the conversations on my last sleep training blog post! So many moms out there are helping each other and it makes my heart feel all warm and fuzzy inside that my blog is serving as a community for moms to get together and learn from each other! Love you guys!
UPDATE: Adding the newest episode of my digital talk show Love Buzz in case you guys want to check it out! It would mean sooo much to me if you would watch!