First of all – for those of you concerned with my possible chemical dependency (coughcoughJamiecoughcough), rest assured that I weaned myself off the vicodin and have been on ibuprofin since yesterday morning. My back is feeling SO MUCH better, though at times it still strums like a taut rubberband. My husband braved the three hours of church on his own yesterday – and by “on his own,” I mean on his own with all five kids – and I’m positive that the many hours of rest I was able to receive this weekend helped my back immensely.
But on to bigger and better things.
It’s been three lovely weeks now that our baby has been sleeping through the night. Can I get a collective WHOOP WHOOP, internet friends and family? This has been a truly life-changing experience. I always suspected that I would feel like a new person once I got some consistent sleep, and I’m happy to say I was right. Along with better sleep at night, Eli’s been taking better naps during the day, too. SLEEP, it’s a wonderful thing!
I can only attribute this radical change to the fact that he also stopped nursing three weeks ago. I don’t know if the bottles of formula are leaving him more “full,” or if it’s the emotional independence he has gained learning to soothe himself (rather than relying on my to nurse him). I just know that the change to bottles coincided exactly with his change in sleep.
What I love more than anything are the moments during the night when I hear him fuss – it’s usually two or three times a night – but instead of staying awake and crying in earnest, we hear him shift around for about 3 minutes before simply falling back asleep. I’m proud of his independence and comforted that he has found his own way to return to slumber. Good job, baby!!