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Entry 5 - October 27, 2008
Eight Weeks Old - Turning Point

Will SmilesFirst off, I just want to thank the wonderful, incredible, amazing StorkNet readers that took the time to write to me with suggestions for getting Will to sleep better! I tried some ideas already and others I am going to talk to his pediatrician about, but I am pleased to report that we had a lot of progress in the sleep department this week. Will has been going down to bed around 10:00 and waking up at 2:30 and then at 6:00 or 7:00. Those 4 hour stretches are amazing! I don't know how long they will last, but I plan to enjoy every second of this new schedule! Thank you again!

Even more importantly (and perhaps because of) our sleep improvement, I feel as I have had another turning point. I seem to have gained a bit more confidence as a mother this week. It isn't anything that I can specifically lay a finger on, just a general feeling of knowing Will a bit better and being able to anticipate his needs. I don't always get it right, but I am getting it right more and more often. The end result is a lot less crying - on both of our parts!

Katie and WillI also made sure to get out of the house a bit more this week, which included some trips to the grocery store. Before, I would wait until Will was sleeping before racing through the store, hoping to get the needed items before he woke up - which he usually did just as I was getting in line to pay for our groceries. For some reason, this week, I decided to go in when he was awake and put him in the Baby Bjorn. I was able to leisurely walk around for an hour, getting the things that I needed, while he cooed and looked at the bright ceiling lights. I had several people stop me and compliment me on my "happy" baby. I tried the next day, but left him in his baby seat, bringing the Bjorn in as backup. I didn't need it, as he fell asleep about half way through our time in the store and didn't wake up until we got home. But now that I have the "secret weapon" at my disposal, I am not scared to go into stores for other things, even if it's just to get out and walk around among other adults. I think being at home alone all day was starting to give me a little cabin fever.

I did start trying another tactic which may come back to bite me later, but feels good for now. If I have tried other ways of getting Will to sleep and he just won't go down, I take him to my bed and take a nap with him. It usually works to get him to sleep and has the added benefit of me getting some much-needed rest, too. If he does end up in his crib for a nap, I usually use that time to clean up or make a grocery list. Taking the time to lay down with him does us both some good.

I know that there are many challenges ahead, but it just feels good to have this week of increased confidence. Thank you again for your support! I'll be calling on you again in the future!

~ Katie

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