Last week, Aidan went to bed 4 nights in a row without crying!! I put him down awake and he just drifted off to sleep. He has cried himself to sleep every single night since he was 6 months old and we started CIO so naturally I was amazed. I kept hoping it would last.
Tonight, he fell asleep around 7:00 just fine without crying, but woke up 45 minutes later SCREAMING and I mean screaming like somebody was choking him to death. The make your skin crawl sound. Our downstairs neighbors are back from a vacation and I'm suddenly super self-conscious about him crying so I went to rescue him. I rocked him. I tried to feed him. Sat quietly with him on my lap. Tried singing. He was still screaming. It's like he didn't even recognize me. Put him down again and endured that horrible, horrible cry for 15 more minutes before rescuing him and bringing him out with me. I felt guilty the entire time he was out here with me. I'm ruining the pattern. Now, he'll think he can come out and play. Crap crap crap. What is this new piercing cry? I wish I weren't so self-conscious about his crying bugging neighbors. Some nights, I just can't endure the crying. But I know he needs to learn to sleep and he sleeps worse the later I keep him up.
He has also mastered the art of yelling "Maaaama! Maaaaammmmmma!" and the little lip quiver.
Breaks my heart.