So I fed Baby Boy at 6:30, and he was asleep by around 6:45. In the next hour, he woke up a couple of times when his pacifier fell out. I dutifully plugged it back in, but when it happened again at 7:45, I decided to experiment. I let him cry for 10 minutes, then went in and soothed him until he was quiet and calm, but he started crying again the moment I left the room. I went in 10 minutes later and soothed him again and gave him his lovey. He grunted a little, as if to say, I don’t want this lovey, I want my binky, but when I didn’t give him the pacifer, he stopped making noises and held onto his lovey. He murmured and made baby noises for a little while, but didn’t cry for a whole fifteen minutes. At 8:20, he broke out in a wail, but it only lasted for two minutes. He’s been pretty quiet for almost twenty minutes now. I hear him sighing softly every once in a while through the monitor. I can’t tell if he’s asleep yet, but he must be close.
My plan is, I will wake him up to nurse at 10 P.M. and only 10 P.M., and then go to bed myself. If he wakes up before that, he’ll have to soothe himself (with a little help from me, but not his pacifier) back to sleep, or just cry until 10. Then I want him to sleep until 6:30 A.M. I’ll have to talk it over with Hubby, who is out at the moment, but who should be home soon. We really weren’t planning to start this tonight, but so far, so good.