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Sunday, June 14, 2009

Operation sleep

Recently I posted that Henry was getting up between 3:45 and 4:30AM and did not want to go back to sleep. After a few weeks of sleep deprivation I implemented "Operation Sleep". Operation sleep eliminated Daddy and Henry's 5AM walks. Daddy was not allowed to get up with Henry when he woke up. If Henry needed to go to the bathroom at 3 or 4AM I took him to the bathroom then I put him back into bed. I explained it was still time for sleeping. Henry could sleep with me or by himself. Some mornings he would not go back to sleep with me in the room so I left him in his bed. He would cry but I knew he wasn't hurt, he just wanted to play. I know it sounds cruel to leave him in his room crying but honestly I could not take another week of getting up at 4:30AM.
Operation sleep is going well. Each day has gotten better. This morning Henry woke up at 5:15AM. He sang some songs then went back to sleep until 6:05AM. Ahhh, glorious sleep! I am not claiming victory yet. We need a week of 6:15AM wake-ups and then I will be able to say- Mission Accomplished!


tisha said...

Yay!!! I'm so glad to hear it's getting better! I don't think it sounds cruel. You're just teaching him the routine and it sounds like it's working. I hope after this week you will be able to say, Mission Accomplished! :)

small world said...

Awesome plan! I love it when I have more tricks in my bag than they have in theirs. Keep it up...I think you are winning! LOL Theresa

KLT said...

Operation Sleep--I may have to remember that one!