Dummy Detox Diary
Dummy detox diary!
After a good night I had gone to the shops to purchase my magic light and as we were out and about Reece only had about 45mins so was v tired come bedtime. He went down and I set the 10minute timer and after 10 minutes repeated what I had done the night before and I only had to go in once! Reece didnt wake until 6am!!he had 8oz milk and I actually ended up waking him at 9am!! this is unheard of for Reece and hopefully hes not sickening for something. Tommorow will tell! Have now decided to set magic light for 5am.
He seems to be ok today! daytime naps are going well some crying before he settles and he is having an hour and half each day as advised by Linda untill his night time routine settles down. He went down tonight with no tears! He woke at 9.30pm crying for 20minutes and ‘Im beginning to find it easier to ignore the tears (which I know is just temper!) and that was him untill…6.55am! yippee!
Was a day with Grandma (who had been told to follow the new routine and did so!) but struggled to waken him after his nap! Going down for the night he cried for some time and was really rather unsettled during the night wakening avery couple of hours crying before getting milk at 5.20am which is the earliest it’s been since I started the new routine, I stuck to the same guide just popping in telling him it was bedtime and to lie down-which he did most times. Felt like i’ve gone backwards but text Linda who gives me words of encouragement, asking me to assess the previous day if anything was different.Went to work very tired!
Reece’s teddy is in the washing so he is away to bed not a happy bunny! screamed for almost an hour! He then woke at 12.30am and 4am standing up screaming for about 15-20minutes each time!Again I stuck to everything I was advised by Linda he then woke for the day at 7am but did not wake up in a good mood! He went for a sleep at my mums after nursery but didnt get his full hour and a half as Linda had said either the hour and a half or 2.30pm whichever came first so today he only had about an hour and ten minutes so will see in the morning if this has any effect.
No it never!! He is definitly better at settling at night but was up at 12 and four and has now started a ridiculous high pitched scream which terrified his sister! and then up for milk at 6 before waking at 7.40 So its not even the milk hes wakening for!
Oh..My..God worst night of thye new routine yet!! Down at 7pm then awake at 12, 2, 3, 4, 6 for milk and then 8.30!! Im begining to lose hope but a supportive call from Linda gets me back on track, she says its now time to get rid of the dummy- this is my crutch and scares the living daylights out of me! I tell her Im so exhausted that I may not start tonight and she encourages me to sart when I feel ready.We were going to go complete cold turkey but decide, to help me, that we would use the magic light, so no dumy until the magic light came on ! so as I knew when I got desperate at 5am I would be saved! and i could still use the dummy for daytime sleeps but no other times! so after our phone call for the rest of the day he only got the dummy at bedtime as if Im honest he usually gets it when he wants or will find one so I searched the house and hid them in a little bag.
Im glad I didnt start the change in routine as he slept until 5.30 drank his milk cried on and off for an hour then slept till 8.50am so I feel refreshed (kind of) ready to start the no dummy approach. Again he hasnt had it all day only for his nap and I dunno if I’m imagining things but i think I notice in his behaviour he doesnt seem as whiney ad tired yes there are times when he’s been looking for his dummy but Im ready for tonight-I am scared though!!
Well…I actually cant believe he did it!! he screamed for half an hour then fell asleep!! I was so shocked-almost emotional! he woke at 9.30 screaming for 10 minutes and that was him till 6am!! he then got his dummy and milk and nodded back off untill 8.30!!
We had a repeat perfrormance still the screaming when he goes down at 7 but then slept through untill 6am and slept untill 7.30.
Reece went down again at 7 crying for 15mins and he woke at about 5.15 got his milk and dummy he went quiet untill 6 but not sure if he went back to sleep, but this is the earliest he’s risen in a wee while.
Day 12,13,14, 15, 16
We continue with down at 7 still quite a lot of crying before he settles generally up at 5 for his milk and dummy then will leep till between 7 and 8.
Day 17, 18, 19
Uh oh!! we’ve gone back a step! screaming and when I say screaming top of the lungs temper tantrum I had two doors shut and a pillow on my head and I can still hear him! Its like clock work at 4.20! until the magic light goes on. I call Linda in desperation! She advises me its time to….ditch the milk over three nights and then the DUMMY! I knew it was coming but still is a scary prospect but Linda believes in me and I know she’s always at the end of the phone.
Okay so i couldnt do it! he woke up and I gave him his dummy at 5 but he was still very restless and stirring so at 6 I gave him 5oz of milk and he slept untill 7.45
He has a sleep over at Grandmas and generally does the same. phew!
Its my mum who suggest I put him down without a dummy for his afternoon nap and after some tears he falls asleep for his nap!! and then that night he wakes at 5.40 so I give him his milk and he sleep till 6.45! Im so happy!
To be continued !
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