(Warning: Stetson overload)
Typically, Stetson is a good natured kid. I think Justin and I have had it a little easy with him. He has slept through the night since 6 weeks old. He has always been a good eater, great napper and overall a very mindful child. I know, sometimes I don't even know how we got so lucky.
Oh wait, it's because I am a much gentler, but very strict version of Hitler. I run a tight ship. Routine is everything to the Umphrey household. My bible: Baby Wise. It's the driving force to keep order and balance in our home. If chaos enters, it is up to me to maintain order and peace with Stetson. If I breakdown, he breaks down, and then all H.E. Double Hockey sticks breaks loose. Hence why we worship it.
So, going with the flow, EVERYDAY, is not really our jam. If it's the occasional Saturday or park date here and there we can totally hang. Missing our naps everyday, staying up way past our bedtime (don't forget about time change, I did), and being at an age where independence is being established is just not a good cocktail.
(tired because of lack of sleep)
(loosing our minds)
(SO not going to be the parent that has to drive their baby for naps)
I am a firm believer in crying it out. Stetson needs to deal with his frustration. It's not like he was in danger. My thoughts on crying it out our this:
a. He's in no danger
b. He'll eveunatlly become so exhausted he'll have to sit down and fall asleep
c. He's learning self esteem and how to self sooth
d. Creating positive respect between one another.
Let's not forget who the adult is here.
Again, I DO NOT go into the room.
NO I am not going in there.
NO, if he is thirsty, he shouldn't have screamed so long. He'll remember the feeling of being thirsty or hungry. I will not reward his bad behavior. What he will remember is the feeling of being thirsty and hungry. Maybe next time he'll think twice about screaming.
And so it was. The next night, he whimpered for 20 minutes before throwing in the towel and going to bed. The following night after that, he went straight to bed just like always.
(back to our afternoon walks)
- "Are you going to let him cry?" "What if you just go in and lay him back down." "what if he is thirsty?" "what if he is hungry?" "He's probably over Nap time" So many what if's
My advise. TRUST your GUTS.
(back to bath time)
I can't wait to read more about Baby Wise Toddler addition. Again, I'm not trying how preach on how you should raise your child. This is just what works super well for us!
We are day three back into our routine. Although nap time is proving to be still a challenge, I'm hopeful that it is just a stage and will pass.
Anyone else going through this stage with their 1.5 year old?