I’ve been told over and over again that “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.” For the past five and a half months, each night has been a pure image of insanity.
Baths were given, books were read, bottles were made, and songs were sung. Each night, my son showed signs of being tired and ready to sleep by 7pm. Each night, my husband and I acted on his tired cues and followed our bedtime routine to put him to bed. After the routine was complete, I’d lay him down and sneak out of the room. No sooner did I get a snack and finally sit down on the couch with my husband, the monitor would light up, the cries would start, and the cycle of insanity would begin.
I feel like I’ve read every possible resource out there on baby sleep and how long my son should be sleeping. I’ve had to stop researching because it was driving me crazy that so many sources were saying the same thing but I will still stuck in this cycle of endless crying and night wakings. The hours of 7pm- 5am each night felt like an eternity. But, for the past five and a half months, I continued to follow a bedtime routine and put my son down in his bed at the same time because, according to research, that’s what I was supposed to do.
This week, enough was enough. I’ve visited the Baby Sleep Site more times than I can count. I’ve read all their free resources. All of them had helpful hints that make perfect sense. I’ve done my very best to apply their tips, but my son marches to the beat of his own drum and does not fit the mold of what a five and a half month old should be doing in regards to sleep. One tab I had yet to explore on the Baby Sleep Site was the tab on professional sleep consultations. In my head, that was the insane part. Paying money to get a consultation and sleep plan create for my son seemed crazy. I kept thinking, “I can spend that money elsewhere, not on a sleep consultation.” Up until this week, I kept trying to convince myself that if I just stuck to the routine, my son would catch on. However, like I mentioned earlier, “insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” I didn’t want to spend my nights in an insanity cycle anymore, so I clicked on the tab, I paid the money, I completed the personal assessment. Now, I anxiously wait and check my inbox waiting for my personalized baby sleep plan to arrive…