Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Revisiting Ferber

I didn't sleep last night. Basically at all. Miss Jemma was awake from 1:30 a.m. to 4:15 a.m. for unexplained reasons. It was terrible.


And during that time, this is the verse that kept coming to mind: "Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself." (Matthew 6:34)

I guess that particular verse might seem odd...I should have been saying, "I will lie down and sleep in peace..."
Sweet Jemma at 2 weeks old, sleeping soundly :)
But I know exactly what God was getting at.


Every time Jemma doesn't sleep through the night (which has been basically every night for a couple months lately), my mind goes here:


"I can't believe she's doing this. Again. We already trained her, and now she's not sleeping. Again. Arrgh. How will I ever survive when the new baby gets here & I have to be up with him too? I can't do it. I can't do it...."


The Holy Spirit knew I needed those words, and they were strangely comforting in the early morning hours. And when I awoke this morning, I knew what today was going to bring.


Sleep training, toddler style.


I pulled good ole Ferber off the shelf. And what do you know? He had a suggestion for a toddler recently sprung from the crib (though the problems started before moving her to a different bed). He suggested "cribbing" their whole room with a baby gate, because their little brains can't resist the temptation of escaping, even if they are tired. Ummm...yep. That would be Jemma!


So tonight I will bring out the baby gate (because we only have problems at night, not at naps). And we will again do interval sleep training, just as I did when she was a baby. 


Wish me well, because if I don't sleep soon, my brain is going to piddle away into a pile of mush...

3 comments:

  1. I feel you. Maia is still not sleeping through the night consistently. I also love how the Lord brings specific verses to mind when they're needed. Hope this goes well for you guys.

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    1. It's so hard...especially when we ALL need good sleep...even those go-strong toddlers! The gate helped last night, so we'll see how the next few nights go!

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  2. We will pray Jemma sleeps through the night!

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