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Friday night we started the dreaded task of getting LP to sleep through the night in his crib in his own room instead of sleeping in the bassinet next to our bed.  My hubby has been saying we should do this for a few weeks now but I just wasn't quite ready- he seems so little still... But after the pediatrician insisted that he was ready, even if I wasn't, we decided to give it a try.

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Seriously?? You want me to pose with the big blue bear??

Here are the doctor's rules:

1. Put him to bed around 9 after doing his usual bedtime routine.
2. Put him to bed in his crib without a mobile, pacifier, etc.
3. If he cries let him cry it out for 15 minutes.  Then pick him up and soothe him, put him back down, repeat as necessary.
4. If he's hungry in the middle of the night don't feed him unless he cries for half an hour.

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Little Paul, practicing his Larry Holmes boxing moves...

So here's how it went:

Friday night I convinced Paul that LP wasn't ready for the crib yet and that we should start by just moving his bassinet into the nursery.  We were a little thrown off with our timing so he ended up going down around midnight.  He woke up at 2:30 and cried for 12 minutes.  He woke up at 3:30 and cried for 10 minutes (Paul slept through both of these sessions...).  He woke up at 4:30 and cried for 20 minutes before Paul went and got him.  When Paul couldn't get him to calm down I went in and took over.  After a few minutes of rocking he calmed down and I put him back in the bassinet where he slept until 6 when he wanted to eat.

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Deep in Thought...(Perhaps Pondering Who he Got the "Sticking Out Ears" Gene From)

Saturday night we put him down at 10 pm.  He slept until 4 and then cried for 10 minutes or so before he fell back asleep (note that he might have woken up at some other point in the night but we were so tired that we must have slept through it if he did!).  He woke up at 5:30 wanting to eat so I got up and fed him and then we fell back asleep on the couch.

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Mom! I told you just ONE more picture!

Tonight he went down just before 10.  Hopefully he'll repeat the performance of last night but we shall see! 

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The new plan (based on some of the doctor's advice and some of our own parental intuition) is as follows:

Spend a week or so getting him to sleep (mostly) through the night.  We're going to try getting him down a little earlier each night until eventually he's in bed around 8.  Then we'll transition him from his bassinet to his crib and see how that goes.... If we can get him to sleep well in his nursery before I go back to work in early March that would be great!

So far, so good but I'm not holding my breath!  Please keep your fingers crossed for us!

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Other recent developments on the LP front include lots more smiling and playing- he played by himself on his play gym for quite a while today without getting bored and wanting to be picked up.. He gets really excited when he kicks or hits one of the toys dangling from his play gym.  His excitement causes him to flail his arms and legs around which leads to more hitting of the toys which leads to more excitement- it's pretty funny!

Here's my favorite series of pictures from our most recent photo shoot:

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Enough Already!!!


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