It was about 3 nights of using the Ferber intervals of time. I didn't think I could bear 5 minutes of crying so I started at 3 minutes and then 5 and then 7 and so on. She fell asleep at 15 minutes with 5 night wakings, which was typical for us (it was awful it broke my heart, and so many times I wanted to "rescue her" but during my checks & reassuring of her I could see that she was okay and that she was more mad then sad, there weren't tears just yelling). The next night she fell asleep at 7 minutes with 2 night wakings and the next night at 3 minutes with no night waking. Naps worked even more easily...she never cried over a couple minutes for a nap. I have put to bed the worries over whether I did the right thing...I could continue to allow myself to feel guilty over the crying but I know that she is okay and that she seems happy about her newfound independence. I am feeling like a new person. Maybe I will be able to put down the Zoloft someday soon (of course after I've spoken to a physician and gotten a titration plan). I think I will get through the holidays first.
|before Ferber cooed, coaxed, coddled and cuddled to sleep and then transferred to her bed...(after viewing this picture I note how many prints are shoved into my mother's spare bedroom)|
|now...bliss (you can buy this here: via )|
title courtesy of my favorite November/winter song: Winter by Joshua Radin